For many Edmonton Oilers fans who watched the team gag on Game 5 with a 3-0 lead with three and a half minutes to play on three goals with the Anaheim Ducks’ net empty in favor of an extra attacker didn’t have much more than McDavid’s words to take to Rogers Place Sunday night.
“We had Benoit Pouliot playing (defense) for a few shifts and if you didn’t notice, he played that well on it, which is a good thing”, Oilers coach Todd McLellan said.
Sekera suffered an undisclosed injury in the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference second-round series from a hit by Ducks Ryan Getzlaf.
The Oilers won Games 1 and 2 at Anaheim and they’re grasping the concept that a higher price must be paid to win playoff games than to win regular-season exercises.
The Ducks are up in the series for the first time due to their remarkable three-goal comeback within the final 3:16 of regulation, which allowed them to ultimately be the first team to win a playoff game when having to erase that big of a lead with that little time remaining.
“There’s a lot of confidence from the team and from the coaches in that line to be able to execute like that and to be able to win a big game for us”, Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said.
Game 7 is at Honda Center on Wednesday night. “We’re going back with the preparation to be ready for a big game”. As have others for the Ducks over the three rounds of the Western Conference playoffs that will now cross into five straight postseasons, the history in them is etched in stone – all four ending in defeat and a locker clean-out two days later. Instead, they left St. Louis with a 2-1 loss as the Blues pulled within 3-2 in their semifinal.
In addition to offensive dominance, he also helped contain Ryan Getzlaf, who has been a monster for much of this series for the Ducks.
Once the two teams go back to Ottawa for Game 7, we like Erik Karlsson and the Sens to advance.
“It doesn’t really matter what the situation is. Sometimes it’s nice to go in there and be stupid to it”, Oilers centre Mark Letestu said Monday. “It’s a team game”. Rickard Rakell force overtime when he scored with 15 seconds left in regulation. Neither did the presence of Jonathan Bernier, who had rescued Gibson in a first-round comeback Game 3 win over Calgary.
“It’s a great achievement for our players, and we should feel good about ourselves”, Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said after Corey Perry’s double-overtime victor. “I don’t think that there’s anything that we’re going to come across that we can’t bounce back from, and we proved that to each other tonight”. “I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be and I kind of let them down”. The third goal was the most confusing.
2015: Three-two series lead against the Blackhawks, lost Game 7 at home. Not only were they stumbling through a three-game losing streak and facing elimination on home ice, they were coming into Game 6 on the heels of a borderline historic last-minute meltdown on Friday night. Get out! – and then scored the eventual victor early in the third period.
And if there are questions to be asked about a team’s readiness for Game 7, they will be directed mostly at the Ducks. Caggiula put the Oilers up 3-0 with a score off a 4-on-1 rush midway through the period.
The barrage started 2:45 into the first period when Draisaitl broke in on a breakaway. Then his no-look backhand, off a feed from Milan Lucic, fooled Gibson at 7:22.
Kassian won a race with Ducks defensemen for a loose puck in Anaheim’s zone. They led 5-0 after 20 minutes and Draisaitl was a beast. Mark Letestu added a pair of goals. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities.