The Edmonton Oilers season came to an end Wednesday night in Anaheim with a 2-1 game seven loss to the Ducks.
The Oilers opened the scoring 3:31 into game. Shea Theodore carried the puck in front of his own net. Drake Caggiula poked it off his stick, and it trickled under John Gibson. It was Caggiula’s third goal of the playoffs.
With just under six minutes left in the first, Cam Fowler’s long wrist shot beat Cam Talbot. However, the play had been blown dead for offside a split second before the shot.
The Ducks dominated the second period, outshooting the Oilers 16-3 and getting a goal from Andrew Cogliano at 7:55.
Nick Ritchie bagged the game-winner 3:21 into the third when his mid-range wrist shot eluded Talbot.
The Oilers pulled Talbot with 2:06 to go and couldn’t muster the tying goal.
The Ducks move on to play Nashville in the Western Conference Final.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said the team is obviously very disappointed, but he believes there’s a silver lining.
“We didn’t come into the playoffs just to play, we came in to win. I think our team played that way, it prepared that way, it battled that way, so the overall feeling right now is one of disappointment. We couldn’t quite get it done. When you remove that and look at the big picture our entree into the playoffs was about as good as we could ask,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
“Unless you win a cup, there’s no way the season ends this type of way and feels good. The only way you’re going home happy is with a Stanley Cup and we fell short of that goal,” said Oilers forward Kassian.
Maroon thought it wasn’t just the Oilers that did a tremendous job this season.
“This should be a proud group in here. This is an unbelievable group. The things we did this year were truly amazing and we gave the fans something, that were behind for so many years, something to cheer about and the fans should be proud of themselves too, surely as the players,” said Maroon.