The road team rules so far in the series between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks scored a 6-3 win Sunday night at Rogers Place, cutting the Oilers series lead to 2-1. Edmonton had won the first two games in Anaheim.
The Ducks seized control of the game early with Rickard Rakell scoring on a breakaway just 25 seconds in. Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf added goals before the period was 12 minutes old as the Ducks scored on three of their first six shots.
“The thing that we’re doing properly is we’re responding to adversity. We’re not getting out of sorts,” said Getzlaf. “There’s going to be ups and downs throughout every playoff game, every series. And it’s about controlling our emotions and using it to our advantage. Tonight we did a good job of staying calm, sticking with the system, and we got a bounce.”
The Oilers got on the board with 40 seconds left in the first. Kris Russell’s point shot was tipped out of the air by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and deflected into the net off Patrick Maroon’s body. It was Maroon’s third goal of the playoffs.
The Oilers kept coming in the second period. Just 1:28 in, David Desharnais’ centering pass flipped up in the air, deflected off a couple of players, and snuck over the goal line. Anton Slepyshev got credit. Just over seven minutes later, Connor McDavid rifled a wrist shot over John Gibson’s left shoulder to tie it 3-3.
“We were still in the game after that,” said McDavid. “We just didn’t deliver and they found a way to capitalize.”
Chris Wagner put the Ducks back ahead 48 seconds later. His shot was going wide but Cam Talbot misplayed it. The puck trickled in off Talbot’s blocker.
“We had all the momentum, we just tied the game and a shot like that goes in,” said a clearly frustrated Talbot. “It can’t go in, so that’s on me.”
The Ducks put the game out of reach in the third with goals from Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler.
Gibson made 24 stops for the win. He made several excellent saves with the Ducks up a goal in the second period.
Game four is Wednesday at 8pm at Rogers Place. Game five will be in Anaheim on Friday. (jrw, klm)