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Nenshi said he's working on a bet that will "not involve singing" before he broke into a brief tune. Monahan led the Flames with 27 goals and was second on the team with 58 points, trailing only Johnny Gaudreau, who had 61 points (18 goals, 43 assists) in 72 games.

Joe Ceci offered an enthusiastic "Go Flames Go!"

"You don't want to focus on (division) titles", coach Randy Carlyle said. Gulutzan went 45-33-4 in his first season with Calgary after spending time as an assistant in Vancouver following a two-year run as coach in Dallas.

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Calgary has not won in the building since a 5-2 win in Game 3 of their 2006 first-round playoff series against the Ducks. The Flames won't be an easy out, but the Ducks just seem too deep and too talented to get bounced in the first round.

Not that the Anaheim Ducks bench boss expected this particular gameplan would work.

The Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks are set for a first round match-up in the Western Conference playoffs.

"If you can win one there, I think it can change the whole thing", Flames winger Michael Frolik told reporters in Calgary.

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The Ducks ranked third in the National Hockey League in goals-against average at 2.4 per game and fourth on the penalty kill (84.7 percent) partly because of the lock-down Fowler, who had 11 goals and 28 assist in almost 25 minutes per night and was plus-7 on the season.

Hey, the streak has to end sometime right? Our team is a little more mature. In fact, the Ducks have been downright dominant with Kesler on the ice against them. If they go back to Calgary with a 2-0 lead and split the two games in Calgary, the Ducks will be primed to close things out very quickly in the first round. Backup Jonathan Bernier played the other three and could see the ice if Gibson struggles.

It says something about this Ducks' team that the loss of Cam Fowler isn't seen as a death knell, but rather a speed bump.

Sebastian Aho sent the game into overtime when he scored a power-play goal with 5:10 remaining in regulation, and Eddie Lack stopped 41 shots to earn the win for the Hurricanes. Yet, despite typically being able to bully teams around, and usually heading into matchups as the favourite over the smaller, faster Canadiens, Montreal walked away winning four of those six series. "I wish we'd gone further, but that's what this year's for".

This series could ultimately be decided in the matchup between Gibson and Elliott, and there isn't much to separate them. Later on in the first, LA star defense man, Drew Doughty, on the power play put the game into a 1-1 tie at the 11:20 mark with his 12th and final goal of the season. Even without Fowler, Anaheim has Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen and John Manson. Ritchie also will miss the playoff opener. He has been relegated to the third line but found chemistry with Antoine Vermette.

"He's a lot like our team - he was trying to find his footing early on", explained Flames general manager Brad Treliving, who pondered all sorts of off-season goaltending options last summer before settling on Elliott.

Last summer's signings of Troy Brouwer and Kris Versteeg, winners of three Stanley Cups between them in Chicago, brought a combined 136 games of postseason experience to Calgary. The Ducks are series favourites on Sports Interaction NHL odds.



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