Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, blocks a shot by Edmonton Oilers left wing Benoit Pouliot during the second period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28. Due to injuries, Cam Fowler missed the entire series and Sami Vatanen only played in one of four games.
The game of hockey giveth, and it taketh away. Twice before they won the next three games to take a 3-2 lead in a best-of-7 series. Talbot got credit from both teams for the result in Game 2, making all manner of impressive saves while Anaheim dominated the last 30 minutes. Game 4 is Wednesday in Edmonton.
For Fuhr, however, Talbot will certainly make an exception. "We just didn't deliver and they found a way to capitalize". I tried to stimulate some other people to get involved in the game. "I'm happy when he scores, he's happy when I score so it makes it a lot of fun".
Talbot made 39 saves in Game 2 and was under pressure for much of the third period, and while his performance helped the team win, his teammates don't want to rely on him as much back at home. Getzlaf assisted on it and also scored.
After seeing the ice tilt the other way in the second period-Edmonton out-shot Anaheim, 14-5-it was a very positive sign to see the Ducks fight back like they did.
Anaheim tied the game at 3 by scoring two goals in a space of 1:25 earlier in the third period.
The Ducks are a veteran team now getting pushed around by a young team on the rise, with all of their playoff experience the Ducks need to be smart and push back, they'll need to avoid taking penalties and it's time for veterans like Perry to start finding the net.
Series supervisor Don Van Massenhoven told the pool reporter that none of the video angles could show whether Silfverberg was offside or not, so the call on the ice stood. "And then both teams had a few breakdowns, and I think both teams capitalized on them". I have a feeling RK17 will be closer to the second year superstar than McDavid's own shadow. "So it's 0-0 going into tonight and you know the urgency and the competitiveness goes up another level as the series goes on and we expect that here tonight".
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That was the marker that stabbed the Oilers in the heart.
Getzlaf made it 3-0 as he collected a turnover by Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse and quickly deposited into the net. The goal was similar to his first score, converting a rebound of a Draisaitl shot with Connor McDavid earning the secondary assist. Rickard Rakell gave the Ducks an early lead, converting on a breakaway. It gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead.
Anaheim's first-period onslaught continued at 11:51. But after that series, perhaps the Oilers have learned to keep their cool, and they don't seem to be intimidated by the Ducks. We started the game the way we wanted to start it. "By the second timeout we were down by three". "We were comfortable at 1-1".
And it was 4-3 Ducks after 40 minutes.
"The thing we're doing properly is responding to adversity", Getzlaf said. "That goal at the end of the first hurt us". It kind of gets you in the game.
Kris Russell collected two assists for Edmonton.
Now he question is whether they will do it again, starting with Wednesday's Game 4.
However, eventually the Ducks physicality will get to the Oilers.
Game 2 is Friday night. It's not unreasonable to watch that clip from Game 3 and wonder if he crossed some sort of line. The Ducks also killed off two penalties.