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Videos- The Good Goal Call Changed The Momentum Of The Edmonton/Anaheim Game

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Perry’s bumping into Oilers goalie Cam Talbot prevented him from being able to stop a shot from Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf.

To that point, Edmonton had had eight scoring chances, the Ducks just four. Edmonton led 2-o. The Oilers were rolling, playing some of their best hockey of this series.

After the blown call by refs Dan O’Halloran and Kevin Pollack, however, the life was sucked out of the Oil and their raucous crowd. The Ducks out-chanced 10-to-1 in the rest of the second period. The Oilers played as if shell-shocked.

It didn’t help that the Perry non-call was quickly followed by a second Ducks goal where Anaheim was evidently offside but the Oilers were unable to challenge the play, having used their timeout on Anaheim’s first illegal goal.




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Is Connor McDavid Getting “Preferential Treatment”?

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has complained to the NHL that Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid is receiving “white-glove treatment” from referees.

Carlyle, whose team was assessed the second-most penalty minutes in the league this season, says the Ducks have given video to a league supervisor who oversees officials assigned to the Edmonton-Anaheim series in an attempt to prove their contention.

McDavid, who drew more penalties (38) than any player in the NHL this season, has drawn one in each of the first three games in the second round.

Game 4 was to be played in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

“We all have tape and review infractions on the ice,” Carlyle said. “We think there are situations where people are getting preferential treatment. We have had a conversation with the overseer [of referees] to get an explanation off what’s involved.”


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Connor McDavid Needs To Improve His Defensive Play

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from the NHL Network, some stern criticism from analyst Mike Johnson.of Connor McDavid’s defensive play on three Anaheim Ducks goals in Game Three.

Johnson first pointed out McDavid’s fly-by of a Hampus Lindholm point shot on Jacob Silfverberg’s first period goal. “That’s not good enough,” Johnson said. “You got to stick your nose in and block that shot.”

He then pointed out another McDavid d-zone fly-by on Shea Theodore, allowing the Ducks defender to set up Silfverberg in the slot for the Ducks fifth goal.

“He looks for a poke-and-go. He flies by,” Johnson says. “You’ve got to step into him here. And McDavid elects not to because he’s looking for the cheap offence. He doesn’t have to. He’s got to stick his nose in and play better defence.”


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Corey Perry Back With Ryan Getzlaf

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Could the trip serve as a renewal for Corey Perry? As a pivotal Game 4 approaches, the longtime Ducks winger found a place of comfort during the team’s practice at the home of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.

Perry found himself wearing the same practice jersey color as Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, signifying the possibility that he’ll be on a line with the center and have a spot on the power play’s first unit.

Those two places were the goal-scoring winger’s home for many seasons. Getzlaf and Perry were joined at the hip, with Perry racking up 30-goal campaigns and reaching his peak with his definitive 2010-11 that was 50 goals, 98 points and the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player.

The reunion for Game 4 is an option, which Carlyle acknowledged, as Patrick Eaves is nursing a right foot injury and watched practice with another sidelined regular, defenseman Kevin Bieksa. Eaves was no longer wearing a boot on the foot but Carlyle said if he can’t skate, it’s highly unlikely he’ll play.

So Perry returned home – at least for Game 4.

“I’m comfortable there obviously,” Perry said. “”Yeah, I was there for a long time. It’s something that if it ends up that way, it’s a good thing for me. I just got to embrace it and roll with it.”

While he might have been smiling in practice and had a noticeable jump in his step that Carlyle noted, Perry tried to downplay the impact of being back with Getzlaf. He had an overtime winner in Game 3 of their first-round sweep of Calgary but that is his only goal of these playoffs. And that’s just one in the past two postseasons.


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Too Many Mistakes By The Edmonton Oilers

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Ducks have still not lost three games in a row all season. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Edmonton.

“It’s a long series,” McDavid said. “We’re still up 2-1. We’re still in a decent spot. We definitely didn’t deserve to win that one.”

Even after Talbot allowed his sixth goal on 21 shots halfway through the final frame, coach Todd McLellan left Talbot in to finish the game instead of bringing in Laurent Brossoit, as if to say this stinker was on the Oilers’ skaters, not just Talbot.

“That’s not on him, that’s on us players,” Patrick Maroon said. “Cam’s been there all year for us. That’s just being sloppy, not winning battles on the boards, not getting pucks out, not focusing on our structures.”

McLellan said “individual miscues were aplenty” so much so that he couldn’t even shorten his bench.

“There was that many that were erring on a consistent basis,” McLellan said. “We weren’t very good. The first (television) timeout, we were down by two. The second timeout, we were down by three. It wasn’t our night. We weren’t sharp enough.”


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Video- You Make The Offside Call

Edmonton challenged this Anaheim goal, which made it 5-3 with 15 minutes left in the 3rd period.

After the review, goal stands and the Ducks now lead 6-3 late in the period.


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Ducks Down 0-2

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Foor a team that is hardly ever boring, it just got a lot more interesting.

The Ducks have been intriguing every step of this postseason with injuries, comebacks and unlikely heroes, but this latest turn presents a challenge they would rather not face.

They outshot the Edmonton Oilers, 40-23, but could not crack Oilers goalie Cam Talbot or the goalposts in a 2-1 loss Friday in Game 2 of their second-round series at Honda Center.

The Ducks trail the best-of-seven series, 2-0, after a 39-save performance by Talbot. Game 3 is Sunday in Edmonton, with the Ducks needing to win four of five games to advance after failing to defend home ice.

“If you’re going to play a long time, you’re going to have adversity,” Ducks goalie John Gibson said. “We have it now.”...

“It’s always disappointing,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “When you’re talking about playoff hockey, and having your own building, I’d be really disappointed if we didn’t play well, but we played pretty good hockey tonight. We’ve got to make a few adjustments and find our way into Game 3.”

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The Anaheim Ducks Have Some Work To Do

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Weeks of winning that the Ducks carried into the postseason started to trigger feelings that a long Stanley Cup playoff run might be in their future. Four goals into their net in a ping-pong third period showed they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them.

If the Edmonton Oilers didn’t already serve notice that they were ready for prime time with their first-round win over San Jose, they were making themselves heard with goals by Mark Letestu and Adam Larsson just 100 seconds apart for a two-goal lead early in the third.

And then when the Ducks stunned them with a quick comeback, Larsson came through again as his goal with 4:40 left in regulation Wednesday night ultimately lifted the Oilers to a 5-3 Game 1 victory in a barn-burner opening chapter of a Western Conference semifinal that created hope for a classic best-of-7 series.

A sellout Honda Center crowd that was mostly sent into stunned silence and then roaring with delight in a matter of minutes ultimately left unfulfilled as an eight-game Ducks winning streak dating to the end of the regular season was suddenly over. And the pockets of Oilers faithful were rejoicing.

“In reality, we really couldn’t think we were going to win every game,” said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, whose team also saw a 15-0-3 run from March 12 also end. “We’ve had so much success. … Sometimes things aren’t going to go your way every night.

“Because it’s a playoff game and we battled back and we had a lead and we battled back from a 3-1 deficit to make it 3-3 in our building, those are the things you try to build on. We have to have more from our group, it’s as simple as that.”


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Key Matchup In The Edmonton/Anaheim Series

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Anyone who thinks Edmonton is trying to turn every game into a drag race is adding oil, or something, to the same pile. The Oilers can accelerate with anyone, but they scored only 12 goals in six games against San Jose and still won the series.

And, if you’re looking to spread more fertilizer, the Oilers aren’t co-dependent on their two youngest offensive stars, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid, the only NHL player to score 100 points in the regular season, had four points against the Sharks. Draisaitl had three. The Oilers are here anyway, as you’ll notice Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

But they will find it much easier to beat Anaheim if McDavid, Draisaitl and former Duck Patrick Maroon can get some traction against Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg, the Ducks’ most consistent line the past two seasons.

“You don’t get that many points without being top-notch,” said Kevin Bieksa, the Ducks’ defenseman. “This will be a better offensive team than Calgary (the first-round victim) was.”

Edmonton’s problem is that the Kesler line gives up almost nothing in 5-on-5 situations, particularly at Honda Center, where Carlyle has the matchup option.

In the first 23 home games of the year, the heretofore un-nicknamed Kesler line allowed two goals in 5-on-5 situations. And opposing centers were reminded why Kesler has the 2011 Selke Trophy and is a finalist for this one.

Of the top nine opposing goal-scoring centers in the Western Conference, only McDavid had an even-strength goal with Kesler on Anaheim ice this season, and that was when Kesler was playing with Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell. McDavid did have a goal in Edmonton against Kesler’s normal line.

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Done In Calgary

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Brian Elliott era is over in Calgary.

So is the Calgary Flames season.

Those facts aren’t mutually exclusive.

Not only did Elliott play a significant role in the Flames loss for the second game in a row, the 32-year-old netminder’s whiff on a soft, weak-angled wrister by Patrick Eaves a mere 5:38 into Wednesday’s series-ending game also put an abrupt end to any chance the Flames can put any more faith in him.

Or money.

That point was hammered home seconds later when coach Glen Gulutzan replaced Elliott with Chad Johnson, leading to one of the longest skates to the bench in Elliott’s career.

Surely his last as a Flame.

Immediately plopping himself down at the end of the bench, a stunned Elliott left his mask and gloves on the rest of the period.

You couldn’t help but feel bad for him.


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