The Ducks continued to carry the play in the third. Midway through the period, Ryan Getzlaf lost a battle along the boards. The puck got through to Michael Frolik, who bolted it up the ice. Frolik sent a pass through the legs of Brandon Montour to an on-rushing Mikael Backlund. Gibson appeared stunned as Backlund roofed the 2-0 goal.
“We weren’t crisp,” Perry said. “Our game is moving the puck, skating, getting in on the forecheck and banging bodies. We haven’t really consistently done that yet. It’s a work in progress.”
Anaheim outshot Calgary 34 to 19 in the second and third periods, and it was Smith who was the difference. The shutout is the 34 of Smith’s career and first with Calgary.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price is expected to start against the Blackhawks. He was pulled following the first period after giving up four goals on 14 shots Saturday against the Capitals, then returned Sunday to make 23 saves against the Rangers.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford is expected to get the start in his hometown. He has given up two goals in his two starts, compiling a .968 save percentage.
As for the Hurricanes, they aren’t certain how all their line combinations are going to work out. There were adjustments during the opening game, but Peters was most encouraged by the Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys team’s approach.
“I think there’s a whole different feel to our Wholesale Cheap Jerseys group,” Peters said. “With all the changes, it’s going to take a little bit of time to get everybody in their roles and get confident in their roles. There’s a little bit different feel, and our depth is so much better.”