Friday's National Hockey League playoffs: Blues force Game 6

Ross Houston
May 6, 2017

In Game 1, Draisaitl factored greatly in the Oilers getting a jump on the series with a goal and three assists.

One of these clubs will take a 3-2 lead Friday night when the series moves back to the Honda Center in Anaheim.

They take less than two minutes to cut the lead in half, when at 1:37 of the second period Ryan Getzlaf whips a wrist shot past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

The Oilers scored three goals in the final 3:16 of regulation with goaltender John Gibson pulled for an extra attacker to erase a 3-0 Oilers lead and force overtime.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim can finish off the Oilers by beating them in Edmonton on Sunday night. May. The icing call late in the game. "There's not much that can really be said right now".

With his second goal of the contest - Getzlaf's 36th career playoff marker - he surpassed Teemu Selanne as the Ducks' all-time leading postseason goal scorer. Edmonton has really turned a corner this season and have ended a lengthy playoff drought that extended all the way back to their Cup run in 2006 but now their expectations have shifted from a playoff team to a potential Stanley Cup victor but after earning a quick 2-0 series lead on the road, Edmonton lost both games at home and failed to push the Ducks to the brink of elimination despite having a healthy lead in a pivotal game four overtime loss.

A potential turning point briefly gave the Ducks hope as Ritchie deflected in Brandon Montour's point shot through Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

"(Ovechkin has) got to respond this next game and be a difference maker for us", Trotz said. "We willed it through, and did whatever we had to do". They have to take back the boards.

The vast and vociferous multitude known as Oilers Nation seems pretty convinced the officials who worked Wednesday's playoff game at Rogers Place were unfamiliar with any of the aforementioned terms. Talbot thought he was interfered with by Ducks forward Corey Perry in front, but the goal survived a video review.

"I don't even know what goalie interference is anymore to be perfectly honest", Lucic said. "It's an absolute joke that two good referees can't make the right call at the right time".

Said McLellan, "Obviously, I disagree with the call or I wouldn't have challenged it".

Similarly, Game 4 in Pittsburgh was a must-win for the Caps, but they failed to get the job done and fell right back down to the bottom of that hole. He's been an elite player for them in this series, we have to get in his face, limit his time and space.

Looking to atone for the 6-3 loss on home ice in Game 3, the Oilers came out of the gate flying, putting the Ducks under enormous pressure.

Rickard Rakell's one-timer at 5:33 tied the game, stunning the crowd. After Draisaitl's opener, McDavid capitalized on a two-man advantage by adroitly batting a puck out of midair for the fifth goal in his first Stanley Cup playoff run.

Caggiula put the Oilers up 3-0 with a score off a 4-on-1 rush midway through the period.

But one team's collapse is another's comeback, as the Ducks can attest.

On the latter, Getzlaf broke free up the center of the ice and was held by Milan Lucic as he beared down on the net. Andrej Sekera was shaken up on a seemingly routine check from Getzlaf with an apparent left leg injury. "¦ With Patrick Eaves (foot) and Ondrej Kase (lower body) out of the lineup, forward Nic Kerdiles made his first post-season appearance for the Ducks". Kerdiles, the first player born and raised in Orange County to suit up for the Ducks, made his National Hockey League debut with a single regular-season game in February.

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