Ducks make record rally, Perry scores in 2OT to top Oilers

Getzlaf, who was held off the scoresheet after recording 10 points in the first five games of the series, said the Ducks have faced adversity against the Oilers earlier in this round when they trailed Edmonton 2-0 to start the series, but found a way to fight back from it then, and can again.

In Anaheim, the Oilers will battle with the Ducks in a do-or-die Game 7.

ANAHEIM The miraculous third-period comeback wasn't there this time.

Anaheim is looking to get over the hump in Game 7s, having lost one at home in four straight post seasons.

Drake Caggiula had a goal and Cam Talbot made 28 saves for the Oilers, who fell to 3-3 all-time when playing Game 7 on the road.

When it was all on the line, and Team Canada veterans like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry stared down the barrel of a fifth consecutive home-ice Game 7 loss, they simply refused to allow the narrative to continue.

Anaheim advances to the Western Conference final to play the Nashville Predators. They've been eliminated in a Game 7 in each of the last four seasons, and they're hoping to avoid that Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers opened the scoring 3:31 into game. "We had to go out and play our game individually. As a group, we didn't handle the puck", said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.

Past year during the first round of the playoffs, the Ducks were matched up against the Nashville Predators, who, like this season, were wildly underestimated.

"We've basically killed the bar code on the tickets they've had when we've caught them trying to resell above face value", he said.

Getzlaf ended a monster series without a point on his 32nd birthday, but he contributed to a stellar defensive effort against National Hockey League scoring champion Connor McDavid, who went scoreless in Game 7 and managed just five points in the series.

Some who managed to buy tickets later posted them for sale online - a move strictly against the company's policy for watch parties, meant to raise money for the group's charity wing, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. "We won't have to answer that experience question anymore, which is nice. You can dwell on it for a couple days but we'll be back next year".

Soon enough, it looks very much like the Edmonton Oilers will be capable of beating them all.

The time is now for the five-time Pacific Division champion Ducks on the 10-year anniversary of their 2007 championship.

Because they are such an experienced team, bouncing back after a bad game is a Ducks specialty.

Maroon thought it wasn't just the Oilers that did a tremendous job this season. "It's a phenomenal feeling". Caggiula challenged defenceman Shea Theodore as he took the puck out from behind the Ducks' net, with Caggiula's stick striking the puck to put it over Gibson's right leg and trickling in. But the Ducks killed the power play spanning the intermission and then gradually increased their push. Draisaitl would get his hat-trick goal in the second period to make it 7-1. John Gibson was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots.

This game had the same smell as the 4-0 total domination game of Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals at Rexall Place, which was rocking, just like the new Rogers Place.

  • Julie Sanders