By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday night, thus advancing to play the Chicago Blackhawks in this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.
Ducks sniper Corey Perry scored the series winning goal just 2:26 in to the game’s first overtime period. The goal marked Perry’s seventh tally of the playoffs.
The victory marks the first time that the Ducks have advanced to the Western Conference Finals since 2007, the last year the team won the Stanley Cup.
Anaheim will now face a Chicago Blackhawks team who has played in five of the past seven Western Conference Finals.
Chicago is coming off a 4-0 series sweep of the Minnesota Wild.
The Ducks will need forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler to continue their hot play if they hope to defeat the high-powered Blackhawks squad.
As for the Flames, Sunday served as a disappointing end to a fantastic season for the young Calgary squad.
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