Ducks are mighty, and prevail 6-3
EDMONTON LEADS SERIES 2-1
EDMONTON — The Anaheim Ducks wrested some momentum back in their National Hockey League 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 hash marks at 11:51.
Patrick Eaves, Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate a goal against goalie Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers. Jakob Silfverberg scored twice for Anaheim.