Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7

Ross Houston
May 8, 2017

"We got ourselves back in this thing and we've got to go there and take care of it".

Draisaitl is also the first Oilers player to score a hat trick since April 18th, 2000 when Bill Guerin completed the feat.

Perry took a crisp pass from Getzlaf, faked a shot to get Cam Talbot off balance and put it around the goalie's left skate.

"Obviously the season was on the line and we all had to step it up a notch and the whole group did", Draisaitl said.

Rickard Rakell forced extra time with a goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

Draisaitl continued his historic night in the second period, assisting the Oilers sixth goal of the night to put them up 6-0. "We scratched and clawed at the end and found a way to get ourselves back in that game and give ourselves an opportunity". John Gibson was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots less than 8 1/2 minutes into the game. Anaheim was eliminated in the first round of 2013 (Detroit) and 2016 (Nashville), the second round in 2014 (Los Angeles), and the conference finals in 2015 (Chicago) in Game 7s at the Honda Center. It doesn't really matter what the situation is.

Added Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler: "We fought for home ice in the playoffs for a specific reason and we need to go back and use it to our advantage".

Steen missed Game 5 (which the Blues won to extend the series to Game 6) due to a lower body injury.

Edmonton's last Game 7 was the 2006 Stanley Cup final, which they lost 3-1 at Carolina.

Rogers Place was sensitive to officiating Sunday given the perceived injustice of allowing Friday's tying goal to withstand a goaltender interference challenge.

The Oilers were up 3-0 and on the cusp of taking a 3-2 series lead home when the Ducks became just the second team in National Hockey League playoff history to erase a three-goal deficit in the last four minutes of regulation. Somehow the puck came loose after two attempts by Perry and ended up at Rakell's feet, and he fired a backhand shot that got through all that traffic with 15 seconds left.

"He's our leader", said teammate Corey Perry, who scored the double-OT victor in Game 5 to cap the comeback. "Any time you lose a guy like Reggie (Sekera) in the first period, he plays 24, 25 minutes a night, other guys got to pick it up and those guys did an unbelievable job tonight".

McDavid picked up an assist on Caggiula's goal, finally notching his first multi-point performance of the playoffs after posting 30 during the regular season to claim the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the league. He capped of his hat trick with 4:33 left in the second period.

"I don't score that much so it's cool to see for sure", Draisaitl said. He's on a truly impressive run in which he reminded the hockey world that, although Oilers captain Connor McDavid might be the star attraction, Getzlaf is still one of the best players in the world. The Oilers won more faceoffs for the first time in the series 39-32.

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