The win was the first at home for either team in a series that now shifts to Alberta, where the Ducks own a ideal 4-0 mark that includes Perry scoring in overtime as Anaheim overcame a three-goal deficit in a 5-4 victory over Calgary in Game 3 of the first round. It took until the second overtime period for the Ducks to complete the comeback, but they did. Seven goals are the most the Ducks have allowed in a playoff game.
ON THE BENCH: Defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who hurt his knee in Game 1 of the Oilers series, might be ready for Game 7, but said wingers Patrick Eaves (foot) and Logan Shaw (suspected knee) wouldn't be skating Tuesday. And - perhaps even more alarmingly for the Anaheim Ducks - that lead was built without Connor McDavid even registering a point.
A season-long Ducks killer whose move from wing to center freed him to create even more havoc the last two games, he had a three-goal, two-assist performance Sunday that showcased Edmonton's offensive depth on a night that National Hockey League scoring champion Connor McDavid did not record a point.
"Obviously the season was on the line and we all had to step it up a notch and the whole group did", Draisaitl said.
Well. Fowler's fears were well-founded: Anaheim had led first in this series only twice, in Game 1 and Game 3.
"Momentum in my opinion, you re-establish it every night", Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said. If you look at what we did in the past, you're not going to get anywhere. Anaheim was eliminated in the first round of 2013 (Detroit) and 2016 (Nashville), the second round in 2014 (Los Angeles), and the conference finals in 2015 (Chicago) in Game 7s at the Honda Center.
They led each of those series 3-2 before back-to-back losses ended their seasons.
"We're going back with the preparation to be ready for a big game". It doesn't matter what the scoreboard says, in the playoffs, a loss is a loss and it doesn't really matter. You may remember the end of Game 5 of this series, in which they erased a 3-0 deficit in the final 3:16 of regulation and won on Corey Perry's goal in the second overtime.
Rickard Rakell had the tying goal with 15 seconds left during a scramble in front of the net. Gibson, the Ducks' starting goalie, gave up three goals on six shots inside the first nine minutes, and was promptly pulled for Jonathan Bernier (who allowed four further goals on 29 shots).
"I don't score that much so it's cool to see for sure", Draisaitl said. "It's pretty easy. I got to come up with a couple saves".
With the Oil up 3-0 the story of the game was the gutsy performance of the defenders who remained in the game after Sekera was lost for the game, Benning went down for a few shifts after some kind of should injury, Klefbom took a shot up in the high chest, and Russell had his head hammered into the glass with a high and risky hit from Ritchie.
I have never been so close to believing in hockey conspiracies like some kind of Vancouver Canucks fan than I was after the NHL called another clear-cut case of interference in Anaheim's favor.
The two times the Oilers came back to win a series when trailing 3-2 were in 1990 (Winnipeg) and 1998 (Colorado). "Just don't care. I think we've played hard this series".
2017: So, how are you guys feeling about Game 7 at home after blowing a 3-2 series lead on the Oilers? It's on Carlyle now to jolt this team out of this cycle of Game 7 futility, and maybe he will.
This game had the same smell as the 4-0 total domination game of Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals at Rexall Place, which was rocking, just like the new Rogers Place.
Gibson was fooled by Draisaitl's no-look backhand off a feed from Milan Lucic at 7:22.
Additionally, he was quick and persistent and also used his size and strength to win battles and jump on loose pucks. He shook off Josh Manson and beat Gibson with a forehand five-hole at 8:25 to make it 3-0.
Letestu put a one-timer over Bernier's right pad for a power-play goal at 18:45 of the first period. Four straight goals. Three straight series wins. Edmonton's blue line ran with reinforcements as Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart replaced Andrej Sekura and Oscar Klefbom in the lineup. The issue is that both of those players were briefly knocked out of the last game with their own injuries as well.