Determined Ducks aim for different result vs. Oilers

The victory ensures that they'll get at least one more game in California.

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, blocks a shot by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson during the first period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, .

Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the series for the Oilers, who host Game 4 on Wednesday. I see both Getzlaf and Kesler stepping up with their team's back against the wall and getting a huge win in Edmonton tonight. "That's not normally what he does for us".

Getzlaf (at 37 seconds) and Letestu (at 6:22) each scored a power-play goal in the second period.

"The task doesn't get any easier going home", Talbot said. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays.

With 12 points overall (seven goals, five assists) against the Ducks this season, Draisaitl is garnering more focus from both the opposition and the media, but he is not shying away from either. That will likely include more screens and traffic in front of the net, where Talbot will need help to keep his field of vision clear.

"And we did things as a unit". The Ducks are 2-0 on the road this year in the playoffs and they will be by far the more desperate team in this one. By the end of this series, Ryan Kesler will be able to tell us.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the tying goal with 9:13 to play, but the Ducks lost in regulation for the first time in 19 games since March 10.

If the Oilers win, Mayor Tait will hang a poster from Edmonton's tourism agency, Explore Edmonton, in Anaheim City Hall, encouraging Anaheim residents to visit the natural beauty and culture of North America's largest northernmost metropolis.

McDavid tied it at 8:40 as he spun and cut back to lose defender Sami Vatanen and rifled a shot over Gibson's left elbow. "We've dealt with it properly in the last little while here, and we expect nothing less out of our group. We take this one, learn from what we did right and wrong and get ready for the next one". Ryan Ellis scored for the second game in a row to break the ice, extending his point streak to six games.

"The attention is on McDavid, and rightfully so", Draisaitl said.

"I thought it was tight all three periods", Eaves said.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead on Getzlaf's fourth goal of the playoffs on the power play at 36 seconds of the second period.

"He was excellent tonight and he's been, like I've been telling everyone all year, he's probably been our best player all year and he made some key saves tonight", Maroon said. "We know we're not going to win every series 4-0". "But they are a good hockey team and everyone knows that". Two goals that largely silenced a sellout Honda Center crowd showed that they've got a lot of work ahead of them.

All-Star defenseman Cam Fowler returned to the Ducks' lineup after missing six games over the previous three weeks due to an unpenalized knee-on-knee hit by Calgary captain Mark Giordano. Vatanen missed the final three games of the Ducks' sweep of the Flames. Anaheim D Kevin Bieksa got hurt early in the game and was on and off the ice from there.

The team returned home after winning the first two games of the series in Anaheim and started the game unplugged as well.

  • Julie Sanders