Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Reviewed Ducks goal sends game to overtime vs. Oilers

Reviewed Ducks goal sends game to overtime vs. Oilers

And yet here we are.

The Oilers have allowed 14 goals to the Ducks over the past three games. "I wasn't as good as I wanted to be and I kind of let them down". I'm not there. Not yet. "That's the product of the hockey world today where kids come into the league quickly and they're thrown right in", said McLellan. It just means the Blues would have to muster a whole lot of strength to win their way two more times.

"I'm not a huge believer in momentum carrying over ... every game is its own entity, especially when you change cities and travel is involved", said Fowler, who doesn't believe their incredible rally in Game 5 will have any bearing in Game 6.

The Ducks will try to win the decider at home, but they have been eliminated in Game 7 in each of the past four years. The club has to channel all of that frustrated energy into more positive play.

Some who live down here even turned up to watch games 3 and 4 of the series while they were happening back at Rogers Place.

Like a good leader who's part father, part big brother, McDavid also gave Leon Draisaitl a tap on the arm to get the heck into the dressing room when Draisaitl wore the look of an anguished man as he leaned on the boards watching the Ducks celebrating Corey Perry's double-overtime victor.

Game 7 is Wednesday night in Anaheim, with the victor advancing to face Nashville for the conference title. That much was clear from the outset when goalie John Gibson couldn't keep the five-hole closed and the rest of the Ducks had no match for the Oilers' physicality and sheer force of will. Game 5 saw the Ducks fire 22 shots towards the Oiler net. The lost decade where young players came to the Oilers and learned how to lose is a thing of the past. "It is still win or go home".

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NOTES: The largest final-round, come-from-behind victory in the tournament is six strokes by Raymond Floyd in 1981 at Sawgrass CC. Kim's best previous finish this season had been at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, where he tied for 22nd.

The story stopped being gamesmanship and gutsiness on behalf of the Oilers once the collapse was completed. When they play well, there is offense to be found. Success is still possible.

Both the ending in regulation and in overtime did not seem possible given the Oilers' mastery of the middle 20 minutes of regulation. That worked in Anaheim, except where Draisaitl struggled on face-offs going 7-18. Whatever this team has left to give has to be left on the ice. Edmonton D Andrej Sekera went to the dressing room after a hit from Getzlaf in the first period. He isn't a flashy defender but he makes smart decisions with the puck and can do a little of everything. The bottom line is that Canada is where you find the most expertise on hockey.

"The biggest thing is the emotional side of things is heightened", Benning said. But each game in this series has been its own freakish entity. Nobody's saying McDavid and Draisaitl are on that level yet, but the mere presence of both of them as a potentially dynamic duo makes the Oilers unsafe. "We'll take road-ice advantage into Game 5". Getzlaf and Kesler are risky in the offensive zone and a menace while defending.

The tying goal perfectly captured the madness of the moment, with Fowler throwing the puck on net from the blue line where it ended up among a mass of bodies, including two Ducks, two Oilers and a sprawling Talbot. As have others for the Ducks over the three rounds of the Western Conference playoffs that will now cross into five straight postseasons, the history in them is etched in stone - all four ending in defeat and a locker clean-out two days later. To put that in perspective, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin leads all playoff scorers with 17 total points - combined over two rounds. This may be the final game of the year.

If not for the final few minutes of the third period, Friday night nearly certainly would have been remembered as a breakthrough playoff performance for Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid. 630 CHED has the game with the Face-off Show at 3pm.

"We didn't get it done last night", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. It's time for Lucic to make an impact 5v5.

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