The Calgary Flames took a leaf out of the Chicago Blackhawks’ book as they rallied from a 3-0 deficit and won Game 6, 7-4, to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.
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The Flames eliminated the Vancouver Canucks after putting together a furious comeback, but Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller had an extremely rough outing.
He allowed two goals in the first eight minutes, and he was pulled from the game after making only one save.
Hiller was replaced by Karri Ramo, who also had a slow start as he allowed a first period goal shortly after Hiller was benched.
The Flames settled down after that though, and they trimmed the Canucks’ lead with a goal from left wing Michael Ferland.
Canucks goalie Ryan Miller began to struggle in the second period as he allowed the Flames to tie the game with two goals, but the Canucks took back the lead on a goal from defenseman Luca Sbisa.
In the third period, Flames left wing Jiri Hudler came to life as he scored the game-tying goal six minutes in.
Flames center Matt Stajan came up clutch and gave his team the lead with approximately four minutes left.
This caused the Canucks to take desperate measures and leave their net empty, but this backfired in an ugly manner as Hudler and Ferland each scored their second goal of the game in the final minute.
Miller struggled greatly in a letdown performance after he replaced Eddie Lack and allowed just one goal on 36 shots in two games.
Meanwhile, Ramo shook off early jitters and finished with 17 saves on 19 shots.
The Flames will next face Hiller’s old team, the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are coming off a sweep of the Winnipeg Jets.