NHL: Ducks beat Flames

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CAL­GARY, Al­berta (AP) — Pa­trick Eaves, Nate Thomp­son and Ryan Get­zlaf scored, and the Ana­heim Ducks beat the Cal­gary Flames 3-1 on Wed­nes­day night for a sweep of their firstround play­off se­ries.

Ana­heim be­came the first team to ad­vance to the con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals. It was the Ducks’ first fourgame sweep since they elim­i­nated Win­nipeg in the first round in 2015 and just the fifth in fran­chise his­tory.

John Gib­son made 36 stops for Ana­heim, which will face the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers or San Jose Sharks in the sec­ond round.

Sean Mon­a­han scored a power-play goal in the sec­ond for Cal­gary, which qual­i­fied for the post­sea­son as the first wild card in the Western Con­fer­ence.

It was a short night for Flames goal­tender Brian El­liott, who was pulled for Chad John­son af­ter giv­ing up a soft goal at 5:38 of the first pe­riod.

John­son al­lowed a goal on the sec­ond shot he faced, but fin­ished with 20 saves.

WILD 2, BLUES 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — De­van Dub­nyk made 28 saves, Char­lie Coyle scored in the first pe­riod and the Wild avoided a play­off sweep.

Dub­nyk’s sec­ond play­off shutout came al­most two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015.

Martin Han­zal also scored for Min­ne­sota in the sec­ond.

Blues goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves. He en­tered hav­ing stop­ping 114 of the Wild’s first 117 shots in the se­ries.

St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven se­ries 3-1 head­ing into Game 5 at Min­ne­sota on Satur­day.

CAP­I­TALS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4

TORONTO (AP) — Tom Wil­son and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Cap­i­tals beat the Maple Leafs to leave their first-round play­off se­ries tied at two games apiece.

Alex Ovechkin added his third goal of the play­offs as the top-seeded Cap­i­tals re­gained mo­men­tum ahead of Game 5 in Wash­ing­ton on Fri­day night.

Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

Zach Hy­man, James van Riems­dyk, Aus­ton Matthews and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto, which was com­ing off a 4-3 over­time win on Mon­day night. Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 22 shots.

The Maple Leafs ral­lied af­ter the Cap­i­tals scored four times in the first for a 4-1 lead. Bozak, who had the win­ning goal in Game 3, got Toronto within one with 26 sec­onds left, but Wash­ing­ton held on from there.

SE­NA­TORS 1, BRU­INS 0

BOS­TON (AP) — Bobby Ryan scored early in the third pe­riod, Craig An­der­son stopped 22 shots and Ot­tawa grabbed a 3-1 lead in its firstround play­off se­ries.

It was An­der­son’s fourth ca­reer play­off shutout.

Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Bos­ton, which had a goal dis­al­lowed in the sec­ond when Ot­tawa coach Guy Boucher chal­lenged and the re­play showed Noel Ac­ciari was off­sides.

The Bru­ins, who were win­less in four games against the Se­na­tors in the reg­u­lar sea­son, will try to force the se­ries back to Bos­ton with a vic­tory in Ot­tawa in Game 5 on Fri­day night.

Bos­ton pulled Rask with al­most 2 min­utes left and man­aged a cou­ple of scor­ing chances — both from Brad Marc­hand — but An­der­son turned them away.

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