NHL playoffs: 4 stories from Thursday night
Anaheim destroys Calgary, Washington beats New York on late goal
The opener of the Round 2 matchup between the Ducks and Flames wasn't even close, while the Capitals stole one from the Rangers with a very late goal at Madison Square Garden.
Here are four stories from Thursday night's NHL playoff action.
Ducks ice Flames
Anaheim scored early and often on its way to a laughable 6-1 victory over the visiting Flames.
Ducks winger Corey Perry scored twice and had his second four-point night of this year's playoffs. He also scored the goal that would chase Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller from the net in the second period.
Additionally, Flames forward Micheal Ferland absorbed several big hits in the first period and did not return to the game.
The Calgary Flames say that Micheal Ferland and Jiri Hudler will not return tonight.—@ESPN_Burnside
Your Anaheim <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLDucks?src=hash">#NHLDucks</a> take Game 1! Ducks have won 21 in a row against the Flames at Honda Center! <a href="http://t.co/wWOuIBnOHh">pic.twitter.com/wWOuIBnOHh</a>—@DucksNPucks
Hiller did not get the result he was looking for against his former team.
The 33-year-old netminder, who played seven seasons with Anaheim before coming to Calgary via free agency over the summer, got the hook early in the second period after allowing three goals on 14 shots.
This is the second consecutive game that Hiller needed to be replaced. He was pulled in Game 6 of his team's first-round series against the Vancouver Canucks after allowing two goals on three shots. The difference in that game was Calgary was able to rally and eliminate the Canucks.
Hiller was only pulled twice in 44 regular-season starts for the Flames. Unfortunately, things didn't exactly improve for Calgary after Karri Ramo took his position.
Is this real life? What. Is. Happening. Looks like Ramo has joined Hiller out for lunch and just letting in all the goals. Cool.—@eeverafterr
Ward wins it for Washington
Ward's goal earned him a measure of redemption for a very similar missed opportunity earlier in the game.
GIF: what a nice set up by Miller to Ward, off the post <a href="http://t.co/lWEEmRBlYX">pic.twitter.com/lWEEmRBlYX</a>—@myregularface
Ovechkin had a two-point night, opening the scoring in the first with the kind of flair only he could pull off.
Hit on Boyle <a href="http://t.co/gE4At5ldLV">pic.twitter.com/gE4At5ldLV</a>—@SNYRangers
Holtby has hot hand
Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was nearly perfect, keeping the Rangers scoreless until the 15:21 mark of the final frame, and stopping 31 shots in the process.
The 25-year-old goalie had a strong performance, but it was a tough night at the office. New York showed its frustration with him in a familiar manner.
Holtby had a run-in with Rangers winger Chris Kreider, who is a repeat offender when it comes to interactions with goalies.
here's a third angle for fun <a href="http://t.co/BHz9WdMuIL">pic.twitter.com/BHz9WdMuIL</a>—@myregularface
Fortunately, Holtby seemed unscathed by the incident and no one was entirely surprised by Kreider's play.
There's Kreider again going to the net. He knows exactly what he's doing.—@HayesTSN
With files from The Canadian Press