Oilers take command of series with another win in Anaheim

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017.

The Oilers handled the Ducks in the first two games, winning 5-3 and 2-1, showing their lack of experience won't stop them from a deep playoff run, and the Ducks looked nothing like the dynamic team that swept the Calgary Flames in the first round.

If the Ducks win, Iveson will hang a poster from Visit Anaheim, that city's tourism agency, in city hall, encouraging Edmontonians to vacation in California. The Ducks want to get out of rabid pro-Oilers environment in Edmonton during the break in the series. It's a long climb. "It's not like we're going to allow them to get breakaways and two-on-ones just because we have a great goaltender, so it doesn't really change our game that much, but definitely nice to have that confidence back there".

Watch below: Following a real nail-biter of a Game 2 between the Oilers and Ducks, Kevin Karius has post-game comments right from Anaheim.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said the game was extremely competitive and it could have been anyone's. "It's disappointing because they likely know it's offside, but they can't confirm it. Let's not kid ourselves. The backbreaker was the 25 seconds in". Getzlaf assisted on it and also scored.

Indeed they did, with Rickard Rakell, Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scoring in the first period, and Silfverberg finishing with two goals and an assist.

Anaheim outshot Edmonton 40-23, including 16 shots in the third period, but Talbot was the difference. Patrick Maroon, who rounds out the top line, was quick to compliment Draisaitl's vision and passing, which was evident in the second-round opener when he found a trailing Adam Larsson to set up a third-period goal.

But despite being two games away from a return visit, with Game 3 on Sunday in Edmonton, the Oilers understand the slim margin they have navigated in being up two games instead of down by two.

"We had all the momentum, we just tied the game and a shot like that goes in", said a clearly frustrated Talbot.

Heading into the series, we knew that Ducks coach Randy Carlyle would drape Selke Trophy finalist Kesler all over McDavid as much as possible and lo, he did. Bieksa suffered an apparent right leg injury in a collision with teammate Shea Theodore in the first period and left the game midway through the second.

Wagner got the Ducks back in front as he took a shot from the right circle that Talbot tried to make a stick save on but saw the puck deflect inward behind him.

"Tonight, it really showed we have to come out with that attack mentality", Silfverberg said. We started the game the way we wanted to start it.

Andrej Sekera, an unsung defenceman whose stellar play has been overshadowed by first-liners Larsson and Oscar Klefbom, put Edmonton ahead only 1:05 into Friday's game. This is the third time in five seasons they've lost the first two games of a playoff series at Honda Center.

"Obviously, with our defense, we have a lot of defensemen that can move their feet, find open lanes and shift and skate and turn and be deceptive in terms of protecting the puck", said Subban. Vatanen was in Anaheim's lineup for the first time in the playoffs. Due to injuries, Cam Fowler missed the entire series and Sami Vatanen only played in one of four games.

  • Julie Sanders