Anaheim has yet to lose a game in the playoffs.
Anaheim came out firing on Sunday, pushing the Flames back with a busy first period. The Ducks outshot the visitors 22-9 in the frame, but only came away with one goal. Matt Beleskey's tally at 7:27 was the only time the Ducks would break through for the next 30 minutes thanks to some stellar netminding from Flames goalie Karri Ramo.
The Flames would push back in the second period, but two failed power play opportunities made the hill they needed to climb even steeper. Though they entered the third only down one goal, the Ducks regained momentum and extended their lead to two with a score from defenseman Hampus Lindholm at 11:15. Behind Frederik Andersen's 30 saves and an empty net goal from Nate Thompson, the Ducks earned the shutout and a 2-0 series lead.
3 things we learned
1. It was a forgettable game for Calgary
Through two games, the Flames look like a team that's not quite ready for this stage of the playoffs. The Ducks have outpaced them in every facet of the game (except, perhaps, goaltending) and Calgary was lucky to be down one goal after a lifeless two periods. Speaking of which ...
2. Karri Ramo is a lifeboat
Calgary should cling to him for the rest of the series. Ramo was spectacular once again despite coming under tremendous firepower, stopping 31 of 33 shots. He was the biggest reason the Flames entered the third period with a chance to win the game.
3. No comeback for Calgary
The Flames have come from behind to win 12 times this season when trailing after two periods, but the Ducks denied them a 13th. Calgary's tendency to mount late rallies is a hallmark of its game, and being unable to pull it off could cost the Flames the series at this rate.