No, it wasn't a bad dream.
Anaheim Ducks' Logan Shaw, right, is checked by Calgary Flames' Freddie Hamilton during the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Calgary, . The 3-0 series lead also meant that all of the pressure was on Calgary, who needed to win just to keep their season alive for another trip to Anaheim. No one was in the mood to focus on the positives and ponder whether or not the entire 2016-17 season should be deemed as a success.
That kind of resiliency is what the team needs as they try to get to the Stanley Cup finals, it will make life hard for the opposing team as no lead would be safe as long as the Ducks are on the ice. Every team has that goal.
"I definitely want that opportunity for sure", Elliott said.
But, taking a mature approach and trying to find perspective, Johnson continued.
"It's only one game, they've still got a hell of an advantage three games to one", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.
In fact, the 2016-17 Flames achieved a pile of goals. In that regard, I do sense a growing belief in Canada that Gary Bettman favors the American side of the border's teams. "We won't get frustrated, but we do realize there's urgency involved". That's what we talked about at the start of the year, to give yourself a chance to win a Cup.
"The reality is, how do you eat an elephant? It depends how you look at it".
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But looking at the bigger picture, the fact that the Flames were able to shake off a rough 5-10-1 start in the first month of the season, rebound from another slump in January and come together to win 10 straight en route to a playoff berth was impressive.
While Carlyle said he'd made his mind made up on his Game 4, Flames counterpart Glen Gulutzan said he'd inform his choice later in the day. This is big for us. It showed a lot of character in this group. Moving forward, they should be fine with or without Fowler. It was the fourth doughnut of Anderson's playoff career and the veteran improved to 9-2 with a.928 save percentage in his last 11 games overall against Boston. "We played well. But, at the same time, it's a result business". Cliche as it might sound, the Maple Leafs would not have executed as well as they had in Games 2 and 3 without believing in themselves on the ice, and the Capitals recaptured some of that same magic by starting strong on Wednesday and, even if just barely, holding on until the very end. On top of all this, Anaheim simply will be the better-rested team in the second round as they get to sit around and rest for several days while their future opponents labor to get to where Anaheim already are. Vatanen has an upper-body injury, while Fowler has been out since incurring a knee-to-knee hit from Calgary captain Mark Giordano late in the regular season. "I really felt the West, this year, there was no standout team". Because I think they will make him an offer.
WILD 2, BLUES 0: Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period, and the Wild avoided a playoff sweep. "If you rewind the series you can see some tipping points where we made some mistakes".