National Hockey League roundup: Ducks storm back to beat Oilers

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

"Well, I don't know if there is a recipe". Maybe the Ducks' extensive playoff experience will prevail and Carlyle's skills at adjusting on the fly - skills Murray believed could get them past their playoff hurdle - will make the difference. It was McDavid's third consecutive game with a goal. We've got to go out there and every single guy's got to work as hard as they can.

Draisaitl scored just 15 seconds in. The official feels good about his initial call and calls it a good goal. The Caps have been the better team through most of this series, but still trail 3-2. Friedman directed the eyes of the panel to Kesler's hand. Jake Allen, while inconsistent at times showed he could be a number one goalie, and the play of guys like Jaden Schwartz, Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko show a bright future. He confirmed the Nurse push and that was enough.

A demotion for Ovechkin wasn't even the biggest development as Crosby took part in a full-contact practice Friday and could return following a concussion caused by a hit by Washington's Matt Niskanen in Game 3. And yet here we are.

However, down three games to two in the series, there is a silver lining for the Oilers: the Ducks have been here before. I'm not there. Not yet. Here are five of the most unusual stats from that game. The other two times the Oilers won Game 6 when trailing 3-2 were 1986 (Calgary) and 2006 (Carolina). They now own a 3-2 lead over the Oilers in what can be argued a series that should already be over.

They handled the Blues in six games.

Like a good leader, part father, part big brother, McDavid also gave Leon Draisaitl a tap on the arm to get the heck into the dressing room when Leon Draisaitl wore the look of an anguished man as he leaned on the boards watching the Ducks celebrating Corey Perry's double-overtime victor. So far the Oilers have been pushed around by the Ducks in terms of possession.

The Oilers won twice in Anaheim to open this series and narrowly lost Game 5 there in double overtime. For 56:40 that was fine for an Oiler team trying to play in a defensive shell.

The truly successful organizations, the ones that challenge for Stanley Cups, typically have two star players.

In the Ducks' past four playoff eliminations, they have been ousted the same way: winning Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead before losing Games 6 and 7.

The story stopped being gamesmanship and gutsiness on behalf of the Oilers once the collapse was completed. "The concern level was very high, and it's still a very long game to play with five D-men, into a fifth period", said McLellan, who also played sophomore Darnell Nurse nearly 30 minutes. They've played well too.

Getzlaf and Corey Perry have each gone the distance six times with the Ducks.

This could be the final game of the season.

That said the Ducks are the only team left that has not lost on the road.

Sekera and Klefbom didn't take the optional skate this morning but both Reinhart and Fayne were there. Andrej Sekera is out for the series. You are most likely drunk, but you are not hallucinating. The Oilers have other options, but this is most in line with their previous choices.

Draisaitl and Letestu were the driving forces, but Letestu said Draisaitl was the real big wheel. "We know they're going to come out strong and we'll have to make sure we match that". Game 5 was probably their best effort in keeping them off the scoreboard but that didn't last a full 60 minutes. There is no path to success that doesn't involve keeping those two out of the game.

The Oilers were the first playoff team to score five goals in the first period since 2010. "We're continuing to get better throughout the playoffs". This may be the final game of the year.

The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers meet Sunday in game six of the second round National Hockey League playoffs at the Rogers Place. I found that out early when I was 40 years old.

What's it like having a five-goal lead as a goalie, he was asked?

As it turns out, McDavid and the Oilers were right. However, after a review, officials said Ritchie high-sticked the puck into the net, keeping the Ducks scoreless.

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