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That bad start was a killer and the refs were able to finish the job. Final Score: 6-3 Ducks
I don’t think I have to tell you how important tonight’s game was. To go up 3-0 would have been like having the Ducks on the ground with the Oilers’ foot on their neck. I also don’t think I need to remind you that only four teams in NHL history have been able to come back after being down three games. Needless to say, this was a game that the Oilers needed to find a way to win. With the way the night started, it looked like that dream was going to slip away from them as the Ducks were able to pop three goals in the first period that gave them a huge leg up on the evening. Even though the Oilers were able to get one back before the end of the first period, they found themselves with an ugly mountain left to climb.
When Pat Maroon got the Oilers on the board late in the first period it put Edmonton in a good spot to make a comeback happen, if they could find a way to get something done early in the middle frame. Fortunately, the Oilers did exactly that, as they hit the ice like a house on fire and were even able to claw their way all the way back into a tie game, albeit temporarily. Heading into the third period down by a single goal, the Oilers had to find a way to maintain the pace they kept in the middle frame and, if they could find a way to do that, the game was theirs for the taking. While they did have some jump to start the third, the Oilers’ defensive zone play fell apart and they weren’t able to keep the Ducks off the board, effectively killing the comeback. The Oilers made too many mistakes in their own end and in net and the lack of attention to detail ended up costing them the 3-0 series lead.
This was a game that the Oilers could have won, but their sloppy start rained on the parade before it even had a chance to get going. All of a sudden, Game 4 on Wednesday becomes a whole lot bigger for Edmonton.
Let’s wrap it up.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Pat Maroon got the Oilers on the board and it was a goal that his team desperately needed. The Ducks were up by three goals and Pat Maroon scored by getting himself to the front of the net and having Nuge’s deflected shot bounce in off of him.
- Anton Slepyshev got the Oilers back to within one goal within the first two minutes of the second period by charging to the net and getting a lucky garbage goal bounce. That’s the kind of the goal that the Oilers haven’t really been scoring lately and it was a well-timed Gigantor of a goal.
- Connor McDavid scored a huge goal in the second period that temporarily tied the game up at three goals apiece. McDavid almost broke Sami Vatanen’s ankles with a quick move up near the blue line before absolutely sniping the top corner.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn’t get any points in the first round against the Sharks but he’s quietly landed himself two points in his last three games to go along with his fine defensive work. His points are starting to catch up to his two-way play and that would be a huge add for the Oilers as the playoffs move forward.
- Two assists for Kris Russell which was more than the number of blocks that he had on the night. Who saw that coming?
- The Oilers penalty kill was perfect tonight, killing off all four of the Ducks’ chances. While the penalty killing was excellent, Edmonton still gave the Ducks too many chances with the man advantage.
- Having Oilers fans sing the American National Anthem was a pretty cool moment. Nice work, Nation.
THE FACE PALMERS
- The Oilers had a tough start to the game when the Ducks pulled out a set play off of a defensive zone faceoff win that saw Ryan Getzlaf send Rickard Rakell in alone on a breakaway. To the Ducks’ credit, it was a hell of a pass from Getzlaf on a play that the Ducks clearly had planned out.
- Jakob Silfverberg continued his hot start to the playoffs as he was able to bang home a loose puck at the side of the net after the Oilers were unable to break out of their own zone. Silfverberg wasn’t done, though, as he gave the Ducks some insurance early in the third period. The goal should have been called back for being offside but who are we to actually have a call go our way?
- Ryan Getzlaf read Darnell Nurse like a book on his attempted breakout pass/rim around the boards and after intercepting it he walked in and ripped it past Cam Talbot to give the Ducks a three goal lead.
- Chris Wagner scored his first ever playoff goal only seconds after Connor McDavid had tied the game up with an absolute beauty. Wagner’s goal not only gave the Ducks back the lead, it also seemed to stop the bleeding as the Oilers were coming on like a hurricane and Anaheim really had no answer for them. That’s a goal that Talbot usually stops but it found the space between his arm and blocker.
- How is it that the Anaheim Ducks are able to get away with as much stick work as they do? I can’t wait for the time to come when the Oilers have enough playoff experience that they’re able to hack and slash as much as they want.
- As you would expect from my last point, I was once again unimpressed with the officiating, as per tradition. I don’t know why Ryan Getzlaf is allowed to do whatever he wants but that’s a thing, apparently.
- The Oilers got three power play chances but couldn’t manage to score on any of them. Had they been able to get even one goal on the PP then this game could have gone another way.
- It was a tough night for Darnell Nurse on a few occasions, including the giveaway on Ryan Getzlaf’s first-period goal. Darryl has been solid throughout the playoffs so far, but he’s been an adventure in the last two games.
- Not close to the night Cam Talbot wanted to have as he got caught for six goals with probably half of them being markers that he’d like to have back. You know Talbot will want to forget about this one, and he’ll have to because suddenly Game four is a must-win night for the Oilers. Talbot finished the night with 22 saves and a .786 save%.
- Lucic and Eberle share the green jacket by finished the night with a -3 next to their names. I’m not really a big +/- person but I think it was telling about the night these two had.
- The NHL site lists the Oilers with 14 giveaways but I’d swear that the number is higher than that. Edmonton gave the puck away at the blue line far too often and those are the kind of mistakes that will always come back to haunt you.
- The Oilers got pumped again in the faceoff circle after winning only 42% of the draws. Lather, rinse, repeat. Edmonton needs to find a way to get better on the dot because the Ducks cashed in a couple times directly after a faceoff.
|00:25||ANA||Rickard Rakell (3) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (4), Brandon Montour (3)||1-0|
|05:33||ANA||Jakob Silfverberg (5) ASST: Hampus Lindholm (3)||2-0|
|11:51||ANA||Ryan Getzlaf (5)||3-0|
|19:20||EDM||Patrick Maroon (3) ASST: Kris Russell (1), Leon Draisaitl (6)||3-1|
|01:28||EDM||Anton Slepyshev (2) ASST: David Desharnais (2), Kris Russell (2)||3-2|
|08:40||EDM||Connor McDavid (3)||3-3|
|09:28||ANA||Chris Wagner (1) ASST: Josh Manson (1), Shea Theodore (4)||4-3|
|04:56||ANA||Jakob Silfverberg (6) ASST: Josh Manson (2), Shea Theodore (5)||5-3|
|10:38||ANA||Ryan Kesler (1) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (2)||6-3|
BEST OF THE TWEETS
20 MINUTES!!!! I am SO CRAZY PUMPED FOR TONIGHT!! LET'S GO OILERS 👏👏-👏👏👏. Also 🦆🔫
— x-Robert Clark (@RobClarkTenor) April 30, 2017
— NHL Oilers Stats (@NHLOilersStats) April 30, 2017
COULD YOU IMAGINE AMERICA TRYING TO SING THE CANADIAN ANTHEM??? way to go Edmonton. #Oilers
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) April 30, 2017
— Dave Thiel (@greenandblue10) April 30, 2017
*looks up price of defibrillator on Amazon*
— OrangeFozz (@SirFozz) May 1, 2017
I had to rewind my PVR to watch that Connor goal again. pic.twitter.com/bSrmFTNbs7
— Round 2 Towel Boy (@TheTowelBoy) May 1, 2017
— X – Zach zabot (@zachzabot) May 1, 2017
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