Nate Thompson 

Nate Thompson 

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The Anaheim Ducks are the first team in the 2017 National Hockey League playoffs to advance to the second round. On Wednesday, Nate Thompson of Anchorage, Alaska scored his second postseason goal of the 2017 playoffs as the Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1. With the win, the Ducks eliminated the Flames four games to none in the best out of seven series. 

Thompson now has more goals in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs than he did in the National Hockey League regular season. In 30 regular season games, Thompson only had one goal and one assist for two points. In four postseason games, Thompson has two goals and two assists for four points. 

Thompson's goal on Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary was also the game winning goal--his second career postseason game winning goal. It came at 6:46 of the first period from Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry to put the Ducks up 2-0 at the time. Thompson's first National Hockey League postseason game winning goal came on April 21, 2016 in a 4-1 Ducks win over the Nashville Predators. 

Thompson is making a difference in the postseason in front of the net. He has been able to utilize his size very effectively and was able to screen the ineffective Flames goaltenders of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson throughout the four game series. 

The Ducks will now play either the Edmonton Oilers or San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division final. That series is currently deadlocked at two games apiece.