NHL Playoffs: Rickard Rakell opens the scoring for Anaheim

May 16, 2017
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The three goals also tied a club playoff mark for a first period.

Larsson was an impact player in the Oilers’ third-period bonanza, scoring off a rush down the right wing and then when left unchecked deep in slot of the Anaheim defensive zone.

Still, I can’t see Anaheim falling down 3-0 in this series so I have to take the road underdogs in this one. Talbot had 39 saves.

Yet, for Edmonton coach Todd McLellan neither play was as decisive as Rakell’s early goal. “He is our go-to guy”.

The Oilers have defeated the Ducks two games out of two. “And away we went from there”, Getzlaf said.

The last time the two teams met in the Stanley Cup playoffs was in 2006, when the Oilers beat the Ducks four games to one.

The puck drops on the Western Conference Semi-Finals tonight at the Honda Center.

After Connor McDavid tied the game at 3-3 with his first goal of the series, Chris Wagner gave Anaheim their lead back less than two minutes later. That’s not too shabby against a team that hadn’t lost in regulation since March 10th.

Larsson scored just four goals in his first 85 games this season, but the Swedish defenseman improbably got two goals in 7 1/2 minutes. That’s at least a goal per game. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson had another shaky effort, stopping just 21 shots in the loss.

The Ducks had a similar getaway two seasons ago during a two-day break during their second-round series against the Flames, practicing for two days in Banff, Alberta, in order to relax and avoid the playoff frenzy of Calgary. “We just have to keep that in mind and put as much as we can to them”. Yet they still have nothing to show for it.

“The thing that we’re doing properly is we’re responding to adversity”. If they can’t stay out of the box, expect more power play goals from Edmonton. What’s more, both victories came on the road – against an Anaheim squad that had been 15-0-3 in their previous 18 games before this series began.

You don’t have to remind Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf just how important tonight’s game is between the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers – he gets it. Do you think the Oilers can hold it down in front of the home fans in Canada? Another 3,500 people watched on TVs in the rink’s entrance hall and beer garden.

“He has had some really good games”, Maroon said. “It is exciting for our city, and great for our brand”.

The Oilers werent done by a long shot. One came from Ryan Kesler came from point-blank range.

As it stands, Perry is playing a bottom-six role alongside Antoine Vermette and Logan Shaw. Once, a blistering shot caromed off Talbot’s helmet and seemed to leave him dazed. Edmonton has looked comfortable with the lead through two games despite its relative playoff inexperience. The Oilers converted 2 of 5 power plays. “We need more emotionally and physically from some players in Game 2”. McDavid, Patrick Maroon and Draisaitl finished with six shots.

“It does not matter at all – we’re up 2-0”, McDavid said. “We are still in a really good situation, still up 2-1”. And the Oilers, a team that had won 12 of their last 13 at home, failed to use their Cup insane crowd that welcomed the team back with the expected levels of noise.

Insane things are happening for them.

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