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From The Winning Side

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Now that’s some dramatic home improvement, the Ducks needing only a mind-spinning, greatest-ever late-game rush to right a series that had been nothing but a road show.

After falling behind Edmonton by three goals following two periods and most of a third, the Ducks assembled a stunning and completely unforeseen comeback over the final 3-1/2 minutes of regulation, eventually winning in double overtime, 4-3.

“You get that first goal…you never know what can happen in this game, especially in these playoffs,” said Corey Perry, who scored the winner at 6:57 of the second OT. “There’s funny things going on all over the place.”

Funny, bizarre, even unthinkable. There was a bit of everything Friday at Honda Center, where the Ducks finished with 64 shots on goal to the Oilers’ 38 in becoming the first road team to win in this best-of-7 series.


from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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Just When You Thought The Edmonton Oilers Had A Win

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

For 57 minutes, this was one of those games that make a hockey team. A game they’re talking about at the reunion 20 years from now.

Down to four defencemen at times, with winger Benoit Pouliot taking shifts on the back end, Edmonton had a 3-0 lead with 3:30 to play on the road.

And then, everything changed.

By the time Corey Perry scored at 6:57 of the second overtime period to complete a playoff comeback, the likes of which have never been accomplished before in the National Hockey League, the Oilers weren’t even talking about their collapse. They were talking once again about a goaltender interference call that wasn’t made on the ice, then upheld by the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto.

“I don’t even know what goalie interference is anymore, to be perfectly honest,” said winger Milan Lucic. “Last game, it goes in blocker side and they bump his blocker. Tonight, they wrap their arm around our goalie’s leg and he can’t get up, and it’s still a goal.

“If someone knows, call me and tell me. Because it’s a shame that we are where we are right now with a call like that.”

Tweeted Oiler goalie Cam Talbot’s wife Kelly: “All I have to say is Bull sh--!!”

The Oilers are the first team in NHL history to cough up a three-goal lead with less then four minutes to play in a playoff game, and lose. But the biggest choke in playoff history was enabled by, frankly, an unfathomable call, when Ryan Kesler held Talbot’s pad with his arm, and Talbot couldn’t close the wickets in time to stop Rickard Rakell’s shot from sliding through the five-hole with 15 seconds left in the third period.


Below, was the Sportsnet panel discuss the tying, questionable goal and the game highlights...

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Oilers Need To Slow Down Ryan Getzlaf

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers have had no effective way of slowing Getzlaf down and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has decided to have Getzlaf and fellow centre Ryan Kesler out at the same time as the game wears on. If  Connor McDavid comes on for the Oilers, then Getzlaf goes off; if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins comes on, McDavid’s shadow then goes off. Now, you have to win the face-offs to make that work if you’re the Ducks, and they have been about two-thirds of the time. You win the draw and one of those Ducks centres gets to the bench, and doesn’t have to defend.

So, what do the Oilers do for Game 5?

Have they thought of moving McDavid’s bigger right-winger, Leon Draisaitl, back to the middle on another line to go specifically against the six-foot-four Getzlaf, because the 222-pound centre who played 26 minutes Wednesday is wearing down whatever other Oilers player he’s going against?

“Yup,” said Oiler coach Todd McLellan, refusing to be more expansive on a Draisaitl  switch, which would then leave a cavernous hole on the right side of McDavid on the No. 1 line.

Could that happen in Anaheim, even if Draisaitl had a disastrous night (2-10) on face-offs in Game 4, like when former Oilers coach Glen Sather realized he had to put left-winger Mark Messier against Bryan Trottier in the New York Islanders-Oilers battles of old?

“Potentially,” said McLellan.


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Video- Mic’d Up Game 4 Ducks/Oilers

A bit over two minutes to watch and listen.


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Video- Three Calls The Oilers Can’t Be Happy About

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The HNIC panel breaks down three controversial plays that lead to the Ducks Game 2 (4) victory, which should have Oilers fans steaming.


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Ryan Getzlaf Is Dominating On The Ice

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Ducks captain was total calm under fire, cruising around the ice with that six-foot-four, 220-pound frame, playing keep-away as the series is now tied 2-2. It was the fourth road win of the playoffs for the Ducks, who also won two in their sweep of the Calgary Flames in Round 1.

Getzlaf has eight points in the four games against the Oilers and 13 (seven goals) in the eight Ducks’ games this spring. But, guys get the C for two reasons, leadership and leadership.

“When he goes like that we have no choice. We have to follow suit to compete like he does. And when he’s leading the charge, when he goes like that, I don’t know if you can stop him because he’s so big and so poised with the puck and makes those plays,” said Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano. “I don’t even know how to describe tonight. He was absolutely phenomenal, he won us the game.

“He should be getting some serious praise. He’s been the difference in this series for us.”


Below, watch Ryan Getzlaf post-game with Scott Oake....

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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.




Below, watch the highlights from Anaheim's 4-3 win....

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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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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.”


Watdh the video highlights of Anaheim's 6-3 win over Edmonton below...

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