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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.”

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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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Joey And Wayne

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Born with Down syndrome, Joey Moss has been the heart of the Oilers, working as their lockerroom attendant for more than 30 years. Now 53, he has outlasted every player and coach, and has one of the most enduring and remarkable relationships with a team and city in all of sports.

There may be nobody enjoying the Oilers’ return to the playoff spotlight more.

Wayne Gretzky started this hockey love story back in 1980, when he met Joey’s sister, Vikki, and they began dating. Through her, he was introduced to Joey.

When they broke up, the Oilers’ superstar remained friends with the Moss family, and particularly, Joey.

Growing up in Ontario in the 1960s, Gretzky had an aunt with Down syndrome. At the time, children with the chromosome disorder were often placed in institutions. Gretzky’s grandmother would not hear of this, and brought his father’s sister to live with them.

“The thing about people with Down syndrome is that they have unconditional love,” says Gretzky, now a partner and chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, the NHL team’s parent company. “My aunt was the same way, and we treated her like everyone else. We never looked at her differently.

“That is how it is with Joey.”

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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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Don’t Doubt The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

One year after finishing in 29th place in the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Oilers closed out their first playoff series in 11 years Saturday, dusting off the defending conference champion San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win their series in six games.

A team hopeful of simply making the playoffs when the season began back in October is now in a conference semi-final against Anaheim. There, the Oilers won’t be favoured, but they’ll have far more than just a puncher’s chance....

“Our team, we’re watching them grow up right in front of us,” marvelled McLellan. “We’ve been through a push into the playoffs. We’ve been through a round now. We’ve learned how intense it is to close out a game. We’ve learned how to respond after a blowout. We’ve learned to manage ourselves throughout a series. We’ve played in a hostile environment.”

And they’ll play again, in a series that will open later this week at Honda Center. They won’t be favoured, but we’ll say this: Edmonton has become a team you’ll bet against at your own peril.

“We’re a real team now,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “A competitive team.”

It’s been a long time since those words were spoken.

Get used to them.

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The San Jose Sharks Ran Out Of Gas

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Saturday’s defeat eliminated the beloved Los Tiburones from the Stanley Cup tournament three rounds before they went home a year ago when they reached the Final and lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But that result was more understandable, if just as non-palatable. The Penguins were a team full of veteran stars who had experienced a previous championship parade.  Saturday, the Sharks were finished off by an Oilers’ squad of young whippersnappers, many of whom had never been involved in any postseason games.

It is entirely possible, though, that all of those playoff games last spring and summer, added to some World Cup of Hockey games by several top Sharks, on top of the regular season grind . . . well, all of it could have piled up and helped create what we saw over the six playoff nights.

Pete DeBoer, the Sharks’ coach, said in his postgame media remarks that he did not want to dive too deep into certain elements of what happened because he wanted to give Edmonton proper credit.  But then DeBoer finished that remark with the bottom line.

“My gut feeling is, we ran out of some gas here in the last month,” DeBoer said.

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The San Jose Sharks Fell To The Edmonton Oilers In OT

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Oscar Klefbom scored with 2:46 left in the third period to tie the game 3-3, as the Oilers came all the way back after trailing by two goals to take a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 on Saturday in San Jose.

“What can we do? We’ve just got to get ready for the next one,” Jones said. “Our backs are against the wall now. So we’ve got to play with some urgency and win a home game.”

Only a handful of sensational saves by Jones in overtime allowed the game to go as long as it did.

Jones had 32 saves in regulation time and was epic in overtime, stopping Draisaitl point blank and making another save on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after the puck had bounced behind him. Jones also stopped shots by Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle, as the Oilers recorded 12 of the first 14 shots in overtime.

The Sharks were hoping they could withstand the Oilers’ pressure in overtime and eventually find their footing.

“But you’re playing with fire when you’re playing in your own end the whole time,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “We couldn’t reestablish any offensive momentum, and I think it’s because of our mindset the last 10 minutes of the third. We were defending and sitting on the lead and did a great job of that, made one mistake and couldn’t get it back again.”

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