Duck sweep Flames from playoffs

The Flames' biggest problem was weak goaltending from Brian Elliott, who couldn't hold a 4-1 lead in Game 3 and was on a short leash in Game 4, which got him yanked in favor of Chad Johnson after Patrick Eaves scored on the Ducks' second shot, at 5:38 of the first period.

The Ducks scored a pair of 3-2 wins at home before storming back from a three-goal deficit to win 5-4 on Monday in overtime.

St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, brings the puck down the ice as Minnesota Wild's Marco Scandella, left, watches during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in St. Louis.

"I'm going to pick one goalie".

"We move onto the next one and we know that it's only going to get tougher", Carlyle said.

The Flames face becoming the first of the five Canadian teams in the National Hockey League post-season to exit if they can't prolong their Western Conference conference quarter-final.

Elliott, who was so good down the stretch for Calgary, struggled in this series, finishing with a dismal.880 save percentage.

In a lot of ways, Game 4 summed up the series as a whole.

"In playoffs, we obviously wanted to go deeper and win some games". "This is sports and when you're on the winning side, you've hopefully taken advantage of some of the things you were presented with and that's the way it worked out for us". That's kind of how you get over it. "If you keep thinking about it, you just dig yourself a hole". "Two, three you could argue".

Fowler has not played since suffering a right knee injury on a hit from Calgary's Mark Giordano on April 4. But this first postseason triumph for Carlyle in eight years isn't something he is going to gloat about.

Johnson started just four of Calgary's last 20 games of the regular season and has zero post-season experience.

The Flames didn't go away, though, despite being down 2-0 early.

Sean Monahan scored for Calgary. "When you review it and watch the tape, he did a heck of a job coming in and settling our group down".

The Flames were in every game, including the series clinching 3-1 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome, but were unable to push the series to a Game 5 due to various failings.

One reason why the Calgary Flames' swift elimination from the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs is such a shocker is that they played so well over the final 73 days of the regular season. On the other side, the Penguins are waiting on the victor of the series between the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as their series is also tied at 2-2. Kane and Toews each had one goal in the series.

Who takes home Game 4?

"Our goal was to make playoffs and with the start we had, it was a big turnaround for this team". In the past 48 hours, numerous Flames shook their head while saying some variation of, "We don't feel we deserve to be in this hole, but here we are".

A few early chances for Anaheim then bore fruit less than six minutes into the game.

What will decide Wednesday night's game?

They won without their two best defencemen, Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen, who were both sidelined by injuries.

The flat start by the Flames was something Gulutzan sensed coming. After a particularly soft hooking call against Ryan Kesler, the Flames powerplay got them back in the game.

"Yeah, I'm sure for him it's hard not to think about that type of thing", Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri said.

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