Getzlaf is driving Ducks toward pivotal Game 5 with Oilers
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 21:31
A key goalie interference challenge in Game 4 was turned down, and the subsequent loss of Edmonton's timeout left the Oilers unable to challenge a clear offside moments later on the Ducks' second goal of the game. "It's our serve.'" Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has enjoyed the series regardless of venue, highlighting his four-point performance in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime victory with a pair of tallies to surpass Teemu Selanne (35) for first place on the franchise's all-time playoff list.
In the NHL's 100-year history, never before has a team rallied from a 3-0 deficit with less than four minutes remaining in a playoff game to win - ironically erasing the previous victor from the playoff ledgers: The night of April 20, 1997 when Kelly Buchberger's OT victor capped Edmonton's late comeback from being down 3-0 against Dallas.
After losing three straight to the Ducks, Edmonton finds themselves fighting for their season in Game 6 in Edmonton on Sunday. The Oilers contended Perry bumped Talbot as he was beaten on a wrist shot.
The Oilers also survived through the first overtime period despite having been called for a penalty for having too many players on the ice during a shift change.
There were only two emotions left for the Oilers. I saw us getting hemmed in in the last three minutes and for a number of reasons we couldn't get the puck out.
What neither Talbot nor Lucic could express was the shock that engulfed everyone at Honda Center.
Getzlaf initiated the late rally by scoring his eighth goal of the postseason with 3:16 remaining and Fowler added another one 35 seconds later to pull the Ducks within a goal. The Ducks made adjustments, as they have all series long, and the Oilers couldn't cope with them. Even so, he had a goal and an assist, including the primary helper on Perry's game victor, and he fired eight shots at Talbot. What's the use? Nobody can define goaltender interference anyway.
"A guy falls on the goalie and wraps his hand around the goalie's pad ..." Someone please, someone knows.
Looking to atone for the 6-3 loss on home ice in Game 3, the Oilers came out of the gate flying, putting the Ducks under huge pressure. It's super cliché, and I get that, but the reason the Oilers allowed the refs to dictate the outcome of that game was because they only really played 30 minutes of it. "We're continuing to get better throughout the playoffs".
They held a 2-0 lead after one period when Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic both score. Draisaitl scored just 15 seconds in, pouncing on a rebound of Oscar Klefbom's shot for his second goal of the series and third this post-season. Not to mention the Oil just blew a two goal lead in game 4.
"I think with this team especially, we know that there's going to be ups and downs in the playoffs", Ducks center Ryan Kesler said, speaking before the game.
Not only did the Ducks lose the special teams battle but they'll look back at the inability to solve Talbot in the first.
"The goalie can't get up to make a save and it's still a goal". Matthew Benning was shaken up early in the game on a hard hit from Nate Thompson, but Benning returned after a quick trip to the dressing room. "We have to make sure we play a full 60 minutes going forward here". Wednesday's win should spark something for the Ducks, as they were able to erase a two-goal deficit, which erased a two-game deficit.