Ducks complete incredible … and historic … rally to take series lead vs. Edmonton
Jaskin found out moments before the game he was in the lineup in place of Alexander Steen, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury.
“We have our own way of interpreting it, too”, Chiarelli said.
Less than three minutes later, McDavid swatted the puck out of the air and past Gibson for a power-play goal and a 2-0 edge at 2:55 of the second.
“You’d like to score earlier, but you don’t really think about that”, he said. “I’ve just got to go out and do what I’m going to do and try and play my game, and hope the guys follow”, said Getzlaf, who turns 32 on May 10. “I love playing right now”, Getzlaf said. Getzlaf completed a four-point night with two assists to go with two goals. We weren’t very happy with what happened in Edmonton and we responded with one hell of a game. They probably turned it off after the second [period]. “We went flat. We started to get frustrated”. For me there was both. It was McDavid’s third consecutive game with a goal.
As for SoCal’s team, Ryan Getzlaf has his dirty mittens in just about every scoring play and now leads the franchise as it’s all time playoff goal-scoring leader, passing the Finnish Flash.
“We had to do it tonight and we did it and everybody’s happy”, Jaskin said. “It sucks but we’ll be back here Wednesday”.
Neal tied it with Nashville enjoying a two-man advantage with 6:10 left in the second. “We’ve got two more games”.
They boarded their flight home with a turbulent mix of remorse – after the latest three-goal third period collapse in Stanley Cup playoff history – and the anger of a missed game-deciding call creating a nausea that would be tough for even the most veteran-laden team to stomach.
The craziness continued in California on Friday night. “We have to find a way to win a game at home and come out with our best game to give ourselves a chance to win”.
The Oilers were able to regroup after Rickard Rakell tied it up with 15 seconds to go, creating more scoring chances than the Ducks in the first overtime.
They have to do it against the Ducks who have been most responsible for pushing Edmonton to the brink, veterans who long ago proved themselves as big game players. The one thing that our players will be told and need to understand is you don’t have to win two games tomorrow, you only have to win one.
Gibson finished with 29 saves.
Connor McDavid scored a beauty for the Oilers last game, his second game in a row with a goal and his seventh point (4-3-7) in the playoffs. Getzlaf then fired wide of the right post on the penalty shot after Talbot refused to bite on a fake. But momentum is on their side, and the experienced Ducks are starting to exert their late-game will on the untested Oilers.
As accomplished as Getzlaf was before the Stanley Cup playoffs began, he might have cemented his legacy this past week, and not just for his eight points in three games. The Ducks have been the league’s hottest team dating back to the end of the regular season as they are 15-2 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record and 13-3 in their last 16 games following a win.
After the Anaheim captain scored his eighth goal in nine games, Fowler’s goal 35 seconds later set off a frenzy at Honda Center. Kesler got away with goalie interference to spark the whole messy denouement. But a video review concluded the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler was pushed into the goalie by the Oilers’ Darnell Nurse. “We carried the pace in the first period, and that’s a good sign”.