The Oilers are on their way home for game three of their second round series with the Ducks.
Edmonton leaves Anaheim with a commanding 2-0 series lead, thanks to a 2-1 victory, Friday night. Historically, the Oilers are 19-0 when leading a playoff series 2-0.
Defenceman Oscar Klefbom told reporters it’s nice to have that lead, but the team can’t let it go to their heads.
“We put ourselves in a really good spot, but it’s nothing more than that,” said Kelfbom. “I mean, the first little mission, here, down in [California] is accomplished, but… it’s just two games in a long series, so we’ve got to stay humble, and go home to Edmonton feeling good.”
Forward Milan Lucic has been in playoff races before, and he knows a strong lead can evaporate. During the 2010 playoffs, Lucic’s Boston Bruins saw a 3-0 series lead disappear, and the Philadelphia Flyers came back to win it in seven.
“No lead is comfortable, especially against a team like this, with some really high-end players with the team, with a lot of pride, with a coach that’s really experienced, and players that are really experienced,” Lucic told reporters. “You know, we can’t take any situation lightly, so game three is going to be a big game, and we’ve got to be ready to play.”
Head coach Todd McLellan said “2-0” has been a dangerous number for everyone in the playoffs this year.
“We had an opportunity to get up mid-series against San Jose, and we obviously didn’t perform very well,” McLellan said. “I thought there were a few details or characteristics in our game that slipped into last night’s effort that we saw in the 7-0 loss, so today will be a good day to enjoy the win, but also be a very direct day, to the group, that we need to do some things better.”
The Anaheim Ducks have been unable to climb out of a 2-0 playoff deficit in seven tries.
Drake Caggiula left game two early in the second period after crashing into the boards, and didn’t return. McLellan expects Caggiula will be back in action, in game three.
“He was skating between periods, and looked pretty darn good, so I would say we’re going to count on him,” said MeLellan.
Game three goes Sunday, April 30. Puck drop from Rogers Place is 5:00pm, 630 CHED will have live coverage starting with the Face-Off Show at 3:00pm.