Goal! The Anaheim Ducks will battle the Edmonton Oilers in game 3 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs in the 2017 National Hockey League season on April. 30th at 7pm EST.
EDMONTON-The Anaheim Ducks wrested some momentum back in their playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers with a 6-3 win Sunday.
SENATORS 2, RANGERS 1: Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, lifting Ottawa to the win in the opener of its second-round playoff series. Patrick Eaves got a tap-in after Brandon Montour's shot rebounded off goalie Cam Talbot. "We have a more experienced group than people give us credit for", he said, when asked how they protected the lead under a constant siege. Anaheim faces no easy task, having dug themselves a hole and heading into unfriendly territory at Rogers Place.
Rickard Rakell got Anaheim on the scoreboard 25 seconds in, and Chris Wagner and Ryan Kesler also scored. Although the outcome was not as we hoped, the Ducks were clearly the better team on the ice.
For two periods, the matchup worked mostly in Anaheim's favor as Kesler's shutdown line - completed by linemates Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg - did a masterful job containing two of the game's most dynamic young players in McDavid and Draisaitl.
Now, they have a 2-1 series edge, despite being outplayed for the bulk of the last two games.
"It's a long series, we're still up 2-1, we're still in a decent spot", said McDavid. "It's something we've been talking about the two previous games". For them to win in Game 3, the bulk of the load has to fall on Perry and the rest of the Ducks' goal scorers.More news: Claims about Trump's tax plan don't hold up
Silfverberg got his stick on a loose puck to make it 2-0 at 5:33 when Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson failed to clear it away from Talbot. Then, a goal that survived a video review despite appearing to be off-side five minutes into the third took all the wind out of Edmonton's sails. The Ducks had the puck on a string in the third period and the outcome could have been far less pleasurable for the Oilers, who looked more lucky than good in the final 20 minutes, but for Talbot of course. Talbot played in 73 regular-season games, tied with Washington's Braden Holtby in 2014-15 for the busiest workload by a goalie over the last five years. The three goals also tied a club playoff mark for a first period. "Whatever luck we might have had in Game 2 definitely wasn't there tonight".
Ducks defenceman Sami Vatanen did not dress for Game 2, but is said to be getting closer. Their mere presence opened up the ice just enough for Larsson to rush end-to-end before banking the winning goal off Ducks goaltender John Gibson.
Edmonton won twice in the Honda Center to kick off the matchup.
Andrej Sekera scored an early goal for the Oilers, who took the first two games on Pacific Division champion Anaheim's home ice.
"He can do some stuff out there that other guys can't do", said Ducks forward Silfverberg about McDavid. That was a stark contrast with their first-round sweep of Calgary, when the Flames didn't score a third-period goal in the entire series.
At this time of year, expecting a team to come out and play the ideal game on nightly basis is about as unrealistic as it gets. Unlike Game #1, the Ducks didn't focus so much on matching up and guarding against McDavid, as evident from a couple near chances from the kid. He sat out the first six games with a knee injury.