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NHL playoffs: Ducks sweep Flames to advance

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, left, deflects a shot from Calgary Flames’ Mikael Backlund, of Sweden, during the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 19, in Calgary, Alberta.

Photo by Associated Press.

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, left, deflects a shot from Calgary Flames’ Mikael Backlund, of Sweden, during the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 19, in Calgary, Alberta.

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 first-round playoff series.

Anaheim became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals. It was the Ducks’ first four-game 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.

Monahan’s redirection of a Kris Versteeg feed made it 2-1 at 16:07. Johnson was pulled for an extra attacker with almost two and a half minutes remaining, and Getzlaf converted an empty-netter in the final seconds.

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.

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.

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 first-round 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.