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The Calgary Flames are gone from the postseason; Oshie, Wilson, Dubnyk ,Gibson and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

FAREWELL FLAMES

The Calgary Flames' postseason appearance was brief; they were swept out of the first round by the Anaheim Ducks in four games, losing 3-1 in Game Four. 

One issue for the Flames was their inability to generate offence at even strength. Six of their nine goals in the series were scored on the power play, four of them by Sean Monahan. Sam Bennett scored a couple of goals, but he was the only other Flame to have more than a single goal in the series.

Micheal Ferland led the Flames with 15 shots on goal, but didn't record a point. Johnny Gaudreau, Michael Frolik, Troy Brouwer and rookie Matthew Tkachuk all failed to light the lamp in four games against the Ducks. Tkachuk was a non-factor in his first playoff series, with no points and six shots on goal in four games.

Scoring wasn't even the primary issue for Calgary, though, because goaltender Brian Elliott struggled. He was pulled from Game Four after allowing a goal on the third shot that he faced, leaving him with 88 saves on 100 shots faced in the series. That's just not good enough to advance in the postseason and this was a series that had three one-goal games and the two-goal margin in Game Four was the product of an empty-net goal, so the margins provided by subpar goaltending made a difference. That will likely prompt an offseason change in goal for Calgary.

Calgary's second defence pairing of T.J. Brodie and Michael Stone was effective in the series, with the Flames controlling better than 57% of shot attempts at 5-on-5 with that tandem on the ice. The Flames' top line of Ferland, Monahan and Gaudreau generated 60% of the shot attempts when they were on the ice at 5-on-5, but had no goals for and three against in the series.

The Flames' third defence pairing, Matt Bartkowski and Deryk Engelland, was victimized the most. Bartkowski was on the ice for a team-high five goals against at 5-on-5. So depth matters, but the Flames needed more from their impact players if they were going to make it a competitive series and, aside from Monahan's work on the power play, that just didn't happen.

HEROES

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Tom Wilson has been a difference-maker against Toronto.

T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson - The Capitals right wingers both buried a pair of goals in a 5-4 Game Four win at Toronto. Oshie has six points (2 G, 4 A) in four games, while Wilson, who had seven goals in 82 regular-season games, has three goals in four games against the Maple Leafs.

Devan Dubnyk - The Wild stay alive for at least another day after their goaltender turned aside all 28 shots that he faced in a 2-0 Game Four win at St. Louis. He has a .943 save percentage in a series that his team trails three games to one.

John Gibson - Anaheim's netminder stopped 36 of 37 shots in a series-clinching 3-1 Game Four win at Calgary. He had a .926 save percentage in the first round win against the Flames.

ZEROES

Magnus Paajarvi - The Blues winger had a rough game (8 for, 14 against, 36.4 CF%) and was on the ice for both Wild goals in a 2-0 Game Four loss to Minnesota.

Matt Bartkowski and Deryk Engelland - Calgary's third defence pairing struggled (5 for, 12 against, 29.4 CF%, 2-6 scoring chances) and was on the ice for one goal against in a 3-1 Game Four loss to Anaheim. 

Frederik Andersen - Toronto's netminder gave up five goals on 27 shots in a 5-4 Game Four loss against Washington, leaving him with a .905 save percentage in the series. 

STANLEY CUP HALF FULL/HALF EMPTY

William Nylander and Mitch Marner - The Maple Leafs rookie right wingers both had a pair of assists in the Game Four loss for Toronto. Nylander has three points (1 G, 2 A) and Marner has four points (1 G, 3 A) in the series, so they are showing up when it matters, but their multi-point efforts were not enough for Toronto in Game Four.

VITAL SIGNS

Kevin Shattenkirk - The Capitals shortened their bench for Game Four at Toronto and Shattenkirk ended up playing just 12:54, his lowest time on ice in a game since February, 2015.

Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma - With their season on the line, the Flames sat the veteran forwards, dressing Curtis Lazar and Freddie Hamilton in their place for Game Four against Anaheim.
 
Tom Pyatt - The Senators winger was injured early in Game Four at Boston, suffering an upper-body injury after taking a big hit from Bruins D Kevan Miller.

SHORT SHIFTS

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After a poor regular season, Bobby Ryan is producing in Round One of the playoffs against Boston.

Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom contributed a couple of assists in a 5-4 Game Four win at Toronto. He has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past three games...Senators RW Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in a 1-0 Game Four win at Boston. Following a miserable regular season, he has five points (3 G, 2 A) in four playoff games...Ducks C Nate Thompson contributed a goal in a series-clinching 3-1 Game Four win at Calgary. After scoring two points in 30 regular-season games, Thompson had four points (2 G, 2 A) in the Anaheim sweep...Capitals D John Carlson had a strong showing (27 for, 11 against, 71.1 CF%, 14-4 scoring chances) and was on for four Washington goals in a 5-4 Game Four win at Toronto...Senators G Craig Anderson posted a 22-save shutout in a 1-0 Game Four win at Boston, giving him a .917 save percentage in the series...Bruins G Tuukka Rask had 26 saves on 27 shots in the loss, and has a .913 save percentage through four games against the Senators.

Much of the data included comes from corsica.hockeywww.hockey-reference.com, and www.naturalstattrick.com 

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca