Jakob Silfverberg scored 45 seconds into overtime giving the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rogers Place. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 with the road team having won every game.
The Oilers played an energetic opening few minutes, but wound up shorthanded twice. After killing off both penalties, they went on a power play of their own. Milan Lucic banged in a loose puck in front for his second of the playoffs. Just 2:05 later, Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid broke in on a two-on-one. McDavid’s pass was blocked by Shea Theodore, but the puck bounced right back to McDavid, who ripped it past John Gibson.
The Ducks rallied in the second period. Ryan Getzlaf scored 1:37 into the frame. The Oilers challenged for goalie interference, as Corey Perry’s right skate bumped Cam Talbot’s right skate as Getzlaf shot the puck. The goal stood. Rickard Rakell scored four minutes later to tie it 2-2. Replays showed the Ducks may have been offside on the zone entry, but the Oilers had already used their challenge. Getzlaf added another goal with 5:35 left in the second, banging a puck off Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ stick and past Talbot.
Drake Caggiula tied the game with just 1:42 left in the third, whacking in his first playoff goal.
Overtime didn’t last long. Getzlaf stole a pass in the offensive zone and fired a pass across to Silfverberg, who banged a one-timer past Cam Talbot.
“He’s (Getzlaf) playing that well. I don’t what he had, 26, 27 minutes, so you can try to get whatever match you want. It’s either 17 or 15 or on the ice all the time. They’re both playing well although I think that we can play with them. We’ve won the two games in their building; it’s obviously a road series. We’ll take the road ice advantage,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
Caggiula is hopeful for a repeat of the last time they were in Anaheim.
“It’s unfortunate the way it ended but we’re tied 2-2, we’re heading to Anaheim, we were successful last time and hopefully we can keep it going,” said Caggiula.
“We’re a resilient group. We’re young and we’re hungry and kind of shot ourselves in the foot again, in the second period but to come back like we did it shows how resilient we are and we’ve just to go make sure we play a full sixty minutes and not dig ourselves a hole.”
McDavid thinks they can get back in the lead.
“We’re going into a building that we’ve had success in before. We’re comfortable playing there. Ultimately you never want to play a series where you lose both at home but that’s the case both teams find themselves in, and now it’s a race to two.”
Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim. Game 6 will be Sunday in Edmonton. (jrw)