The to-do list

Oil­ers look for more road magic in Ana­heim with se­ries tied 2-2

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY DONNA SPENCER

Con­tain­ing Ducks cap­tain Ryan Get­zlaf, win­ning more face­offs and bounc­ing back from bad breaks are on the to-do list of the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers.

With their Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries tied 2-2 head­ing into tonight’s Game 5 in Ana­heim, the Oil­ers re­main con­fi­dent de­spite drop­ping two in a row at home to the Ducks.

Ed­mon­ton opened the be­stof-seven af­fair with a pair of wins in Ana­heim, so they know they can win in the Honda Cen­ter.

And the Oil­ers were in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion in the first round when they were tied 2-2 with the San Jose Sharks. Ed­mon­ton won twice to close out the se­ries.

“We’re tied 2-2 go­ing back to a build­ing where we won the first two games,” Oil­ers goal­tender Cam Tal­bot said Thurs­day.

“We’re go­ing to need an­other one of those road games to­mor­row night and hope­fully we can keep this a road-team se­ries.”

Game 6 is Sunday back at Rogers Place, where the Ducks took the fizz out of Ed­mon­ton’s “Orange Crush” cam­paign with 6-3 and 4-3 wins to dead­lock the se­ries.

A Game 7, if nec­es­sary, would be next Wed­nes­day in Ana­heim.

“It’s about breaking their will,” Oil­ers for­ward Mark Letestu said. “It’s not go­ing to be easy. It’s prob­a­bly go­ing to go the dis­tance.”

The Oil­ers led 2-0 after the first pe­riod of Game 4, but Get­zlaf ran roughshod over them scor­ing twice and as­sist­ing on the two other goals, in­clud­ing Jakob Sil­fver­berg’s’s OT win­ner.

The 31-year-old Ducks cap­tain has four goals and four as­sists in the se­ries.

Ed­mon­ton has to find a way to cor­ral the six-foot-six, 222pound cen­tre, whom Oil­ers coach Todd McLel­lan called “the head of their snake.”

Ed­mon­ton winger Pa­trick Ma­roon says it re­quires get­ting bod­ies on, and sticks in front of, his for­mer Ducks team­mate.

“You’ve just got to get in his face and limit his time and space,” Ma­roon said. “If he even has a lit­tle bit of time, he can make that pass and make that play.

“He’s been shoot­ing more than usual and that’s the Getzy I used to know. He’s a pass-first kind of guy. I guess they’ve been telling him to shoot a lot.”

The Oil­ers are young in play­off years com­pared to the Ducks, but need to sum­mon emo­tional re­silience when they give up a goal or a call doesn’t go their way, said McLel­lan.

“What I mean by that is they score 25 sec­onds into Game 3 and we didn’t re­cover from that real quick,” the coach ex­plained. “It took us half a game. They score the fourth goal and we never did re­cover off that.

“Last night we’re up by two, we don’t play well for a short pe­riod, they get go­ing, it takes us a long time to re­cover.

“The emo­tional re­cov­ery and the abil­ity to get back on task has to happen a lit­tle bit quicker for our team.”


Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers de­fence­man Matthew Ben­ning (left) hits Ana­heim Ducks right wing Corey Perry dur­ing NHL play­off ac­tion in Ed­mon­ton on Wed­nes­day.

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