Perry scores in OT, Ducks take 3-0 series lead over Flames

Ross Houston
April 20, 2017

But, similar to back then, they're going to need to continue throwing everything they have at the Ducks after squandering a three-goal lead in the final 20:49 of Monday's 5-4 overtime loss in Game 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Rakell generated a pair of primary assists - including the game-winning setup in overtime - in Game 3 on Monday against the Flames.

Perry's sharp-angled shot at 1:30 in the extra period deflected off bodies and by Flames goaltender Brian Elliott.

There were plenty of other numbers to celebrate than an eye-popping plus/minus figure.

Chicago, victor of three Stanley Cup titles in the past seven years, trails a series 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

Maple Leafs 4, Capitals 3: Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap host Toronto's comeback from two goals down in the second period as the Maple Leafs defeated Washington - the Eastern Conference's top seed - to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The sun did come up in this hockey city Tuesday, fighting to shine amid the dusky gray clouds and offering itself as a metaphorical ray of hope to the Calgary Flames and their fan base in recovery from the latest, most crushing bit of playoff gloom.

"Then we got a goal and it gave us some life and made us believe that we have a chance".

It was suggested at the start of the series that the Ducks were probably the worst possible matchup for the Flames, even more hard an opponent than the Western Conference's leading team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

This could easily be a best but I'm going to take the pessimistic route here. Not an easy one. "At this point, I'm just kinda praying that we can get our stuff together, 3 nothing lead that's only happened a handful of times, I think it's done".

"I just know if I was involved with the team now I'd change it up".

At that point the Capitals were holding onto a 3-1 lead, but it would not last.

Nate Thompson pulled them within a goal at 11:14 of the third and Theodore tied it 4-4 at 15:39.

Defenceman Cam Fowler (knee) skated separately from his teammates for the second time in as many days, but is not as close as Vatanen to a return.

"It wasn't the best play", Getzlaf said.

"You just keep pushing shift after shift, get pucks to the net and we found a way tonight", Perry said. "That's what you ask".

"That's the toughest loss I've been around in this organization", said Flames captain Mark Giordano. Monahan finished off a passing play from Troy Brouwer and Gaudreau and got the fans engaged. Going down 0-3 to anybody in the National Hockey League post season is asking for a quick exit to the playoffs so Calgary has to get it done tonight on their home ice.

Jonathan Bernier's 16-save shutout over the back 33 minutes in relief of starter John Gibson raises speculation that Anaheim's "1B" could be upgraded to "1A" for a game in which the Ducks can clinch the series.

"It's not the way we wanted to play the third period", said Stone, whose first goal of the series made it 3-1 early in the second.

"It's playoffs", Bernier said. (Hmm, that's sounds familiar.) We were getting better and once we were able to win Game 4 we just created more and more momentum from there. It's tough to explain. We had a lot of good looks there in the third. Rakell returned the pass to Perry along the boards. All three of Monahan's goals have come on the power-play in the series. Yet Calgary's most exciting player has been mostly invisible through the first two games and has one assist to show for it.

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