Lifelong Oilers season-ticket holder rewarded with Game 6
- Author: Julie Sanders May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:16
Now we get Game 7 in Anaheim Wednesday after the Ducks lost their first road game of the playoffs after four straight wins.
ANAHEIM How does a team pull off one of the greatest comebacks in National Hockey League playoff history?
And last Friday the overpowering words of the mouth of the kid now wearing the C on his Edmonton Oilers jersey weren't: 'We got screwed on that goaltender interference tying score, ' but: "We'll back here Wednesday", following their shocking loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 after going ahead 3-0 with just 196 seconds left.
Game 7 is Wednesday night at Anaheim, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators in the conference finals.
"Even for us to come out in the second period and get that sixth goal, that was big", Letestu said. "We did a good job battling back in overtime, got a few good chances, but weren't on top of things".
The Ducks, by contrast, have played a Game 7 in each of the last four years and lost all of them at home. Gibson made 35 saves, helping the Ducks move one win away from their second trip to the Western Conference finals in three seasons.
Ryan Getzlaf got the ball rolling for the Ducks, scoring first before the flurry of scores.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Oilers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -125 to win.
But 15 seconds into the second period, with Klefbom and Larsson assisting, Leon Draisaitl went Duck hunting again.
"I think we took a big step today for this organization and this city, but that's not our ultimate goal".
"Last game, it goes in blocker side and they bump his blocker. I wasn't as good as I wanted to be and I kind of let them down".
The second goal of the night for Draisaitl put the Oilers up 2-0.
McDavid, gob-smackingly, didn't have a point on any of the first-period goals, which included two by Draisaitl, two by Mark Letestu and another by Zack Kassian.
St. Louis was eliminated by Nashville in six games, and they don't really have much reason to feel down about it.
The explanation was not enough for the Oilers after their 4-3 loss in double overtime gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series.
On his 24th birthday, Rakell slipped a puck under a crowd that included a horizontal Ryan Kesler making some contact with Talbot. The game remained tied until the second overtime, when Corey Perry beat Cam Talbot with a couple of clever feints and slipped the puck in the back of the net. He will skip Game 6 and would also miss Game 7 should the Oilers force it. Home ice advantage kicked in and the Hurricanes won 3-1 in Game 7.
Letestu put a one-timer over Bernier's right pad for a power-play goal at 18:45 of the first period.
Gibson was fooled by Draisaitl's no-look backhand off a feed from Milan Lucic at 7:22.
St. Louis now has won three of its last four games when facing elimination.
With a fourth straight win, they would earn their second trip to the Western Conference finals in three seasons. He scored Anaheim's only goal, had 12 shot attempts (6 SOG), and had team-best possession stats (33 for, 11 against, 75.0 CF%), yet he was also the only Ducks player on the ice for three goals against.
With Klefbom and Sekera gone, Eric Gryba, who hadn't played since Game 1 of the first round, and call-up Griffin Reinhart were dressed. "If I'm asking our players to channel their injury and their focus on the actual playing of the game and leaving the rest of that crap alone, I have to do that too".
This young, wet-behind-the-ears hockey club Sunday set themselves up, after their Disaster At Disneyland if you will, to do what Wayne Gretzky and the gang couldn't do in following the legendary Miracle On Manchester game in Los Angeles.