Matt Beleskey (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Ducks winger Matt Beleskey had a breakout regular season, and he's continuing it in the playoffs – specifically, against the Flames in the second round. Beleskey scored his fifth of the post-season (and in as many games) to pull Anaheim even with Calgary early in the third period of Game 5 Sunday.
Ducks left winger Matt Beleskey had a breakout regular season this year, posting a career-best 22 goals and 32 points in 65 games for Anaheim. And the 26-year-old is continuing to establish himself as a force around the opposition's net in the post-season, as evidenced by his game-tying goal Sunday in the third period of Game 5 against Caglary.
The Ducks had trailed Calgary 2-1 from early in the second period, but Flames center Mikael Backlund took a slashing penalty at the 20:00 mark of the middle frame and Anaheim began the third with the man advantage. And just 59 seconds into the period, Beleskey struck for his fifth in nine playoff games this year:
Beleskey's goal gave him one in every game against the Flames in the second round, and surely increased his asking price when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. At the rate he's scoring, the Windsor, Ont., native (who had two goals and four points in five playoff games for Anaheim last year) might get the best contract offer from Calgary, just to stop him from hurting the Flames so consistently at this time of year.