Ducks get back into play­off se­ries with 6-3 win over Oil­ers

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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.

CP PHOTO

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.

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