Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Oilers know Ducks will be on the hunt tonight

Oilers know Ducks will be on the hunt tonight

A three-goal third period in which the Ducks won the shot battle 12-4 quelled any notion that the Oilers may mount another stunner at Rogers Place.

"It was just like the game was being played there", Bob Nicholson, the chief executive of the Oilers Entertainment Group, said Thursday about the fast ticket sales. Talbot was sensational in Game 2, backstopping the Oilers to another road win with a 39-save performance.Edmonton's troubles started early in Game 3.

Edmonton still leads the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series two games to one.

Game three: Capitals at Penguins - Capitals coach Barry Trotz yanked goalie Braden Holtby in game two's blowout loss after the reigning Vezina Trophy victor surrendered his sixth goal of the series (he has faced just 35 shots).

"I can already taste that delicious Anaheim craft beer", Mayor Iveson said. "That's on me to make some of those big saves that I've been making that I didn't make tonight". Theodore carried the puck into the zone instead of dumping the puck in (like you are supposed to) and got the offense rolling. "We take this one, learn from what we did right and wrong and get ready for the next one". "It's something we've been talking about the two previous games. We know that now". Ducks D Kevin Bieksa, who left Game 2 with an injury, was out Sunday.

The Oilers clawed back to even the score at three with Connor McDavid burying the tying goal with an incredible power play effort. A fourth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Kopacka set career highs in goals (30) and points (49) in the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League regular season before adding five goals and 11 points in 11 playoff games. For them to win in Game 3, the bulk of the load has to fall on Perry and the rest of the Ducks' goal scorers.

The Ducks had the past week off after sweeping the Flames, but both teams came out with a mid-series physical approach in the scoreless first period.

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Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf expressed a sense of triumph and relief after the win. "We just need to get back to playing our game". This series sets up well now for Nashville, which hadn't played a game in five days while the Ducks played two days ago.

1 Goalie John Gibson got the Ducks through a late second-period onslaught. "We are still in a really good situation, still up 2-1". By the end of this series, Ryan Kesler will be able to tell us.

"I think we park it and move on".

The Anaheim Ducks have been unable to climb out of a 2-0 playoff deficit in seven tries.

Patrick Eaves and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for Anaheim, which had won eight straight games in regulation.

Five minutes later, Jakob Silfverberg scored his fifth goal of the playoffs to extend the lead to two. We're doing a lot of good things.

When asked what he thought the Oilers got out of Eberle, McLellan said simply: "Not enough".

It appeared the Ducks would have little need for resiliency given the way they started Sunday, with Rakell scoring 25 seconds after the opening faceoff. After McDavid's goal, Gibson made two acrobatic bang-bang saves on Patrick Maroon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after foiling Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl the shift before. "Just because they don't have a playoff game doesn't mean they don't have experience". The Captain got the puck all the way from below the defensive goal line all the way to the far blue line. Granted, the goal he scored was an empty-netter, but when he scored it, it seems like the Ducks weren't prioritizing their defense of him.

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