Ducks get back into playoff series with 6-3 win over Oilers
The Anaheim Ducks wrested some momentum back in their playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers with a 6-3 win Sunday.
Edmonton still leads the bestof-seven Western Conference semifinal series two games to one.
Edmonton won twice at the Honda Center to kick off the matchup. The Ducks can even up the series doing the same at Rogers Place.
Jakob Silfverberg scored twice for Anaheim although his second of the game will irritate Oilers fans until Wednesday’s Game 4.
Edmonton challenged it for being offside, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist with Anaheim also getting goals from Rickard Rakell, Chris Wagner and Ryan Kesler.
Ducks goaltender John Gibson made 24 saves for the win, while Oilers counterpart Cam Talbot stopped 22.
Connor McDavid scored his first of the series for Edmonton. Patrick Maroon and Anton Slepychev also scored and defenceman Kris Russell had a pair of assists for the Oilers.
Kesler swept in a rebound at 10:38 of the third period to pad
Anaheim’s lead after defenceman Josh Manson fed Silfverberg in the slot at 4:56.
Talbot got a piece of Wagner’s wrist shot, but it deflected off his arm and in for a 4-3 Ducks lead at 9:20 of the second period.
McDavid tied the game at 8:40 spinning and cutting back to lose defender Sami Vatanen and rifling a shot over Gibson’s left elbow.
The Oilers pulled within a goal at 1:28 when a David Desharnais centring pass from beside the net deflected off Slepychev’s skate and in.
Rogers Place had little to cheer
until the Oilers scored in the final minute of the first period after giving up three to the Ducks.
Russell’s shot from the point deflected off Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and Maroon and by Gibson with 40 seconds remaining. Maroon was credited with the goal after it was reviewed for a possible high stick.
Maroon was in the penalty box for knocking down Gibson when Getzlaf beat Talbot with a wrist shot from the hashmarks at 11:51.
Anaheim’s captain had corralled a Darnell Nurse clearing attempt around the boards to gain possession of the puck.
Talbot was stellar in Game 2 with 39 saves, but the Ducks got to him early scoring on two of their first three shots of the game.
Silfverberg got his stick on a loose puck at 5:32 when Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson failed to clear it away from Talbot.
Getzlaf’s long pass sprung Rakell ducking behind the Edmonton defence.
Rakell scored on a breakaway 25 seconds into the game for the fastest playoff goal to start a game in franchise history.
NASHVILLE 3, ST. LOUIS 1
Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Sunday to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Defencemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi also scored, and Colton Sissons added two assists. The Predators outshot St. Louis 34-23, and they now have won seven straight playoff games on home ice, including all three this post-season.
Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, who lost for the first time on the road this post-season.
Blues goalie Jake Allen kept St. Louis in this game before being pulled by coach Mike Yeo for the extra attacker with more than 4 minutes remaining and took his timeout with 1:25 left.
Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Kesler, left, celebrates his goal with teammates Andrew Cogliano, centre, and Brandon Montour during third period NHL hockey round two playoff action against the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Sunday.