Cam Talbot made 39 saves, stealing a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Friday night.
“I felt that I was pretty good through the first couple periods the other night, and then a couple bad rebounds in the third gave them a chance to come back but I thought I settled down after that and carried it over to this game,” said Talbot. “I thought I was seeing the puck well tonight.”
The Oilers take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with game three set for Rogers Place Sunday at 5pm.
Andrej Sekera opened the scoring just 1:05 into the game when his shot from the left wing eluded John Gibson. However, Anaheim carried most of the play in the first and outshot the Oilers 12-3.
“We did a pretty good job of shutting it down late there, early in the third they had some chances,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “But Talbs, he stood on his head again tonight and he made some great saves, big saves when we needed him to. We came out with a huge win tonight. It’s good going home with two wins.”
Patrick Maroon extended the Oilers lead with a power play goal 6:41 into the second. Jordan Eberle’s centring pass flipped in off Maroon’s skate. The Oilers then went over 12 minutes without a shot on goal. The Ducks got on the board with a power play goal from Jakob Silfverberg with 4:26 left in the frame.
Anaheim continued to apply pressure in the third, but Talbot made 16 more saves to preserve the win. The Ducks also hit two goal posts.
Head coach Todd McLellan was full of praise for the goalie.
“The one wearing the big pads was our hero tonight,” he said, adding that they were pushed hard by the Ducks. “Based on all my years of watching the playoffs and being involved in them often your goaltender ends up being one of your top two or three players when it’s all said and done and Talbs was number one tonight.”
Drake Caggiula left the game early in the second period and didn’t return. He crashed into the boards after making a rush down the right side. After the game, head coach Todd McLellan simply said, “He’s fine.” (jrw)