The Edmonton crowd was pumped to see their first second-round game in over ten years. The atmosphere was so electric that they even sang the US National Anthem. Unfortunately for them, their team got scored on twenty-five seconds into the game. Rickard Rakell gave the Ducks an early lead, converting on a breakaway. The Swede got a silky pass from none other than Ryan Getzlaf. The Captain got the puck all the way from below the defensive goal line all the way to the far blue line. Rakell was able to make a vintage Selanne move. Fake low, snap shot while moving the puck from the heel up to the toe allowing the puck to be elevated high glove. 1-0 Ducks.
Five minutes later, Jakob Silfverberg scored his fifth goal of the playoffs to extend the lead to two. Lindholm’s shot created a rebound near the crease and Silfverberg was there to tap it home. Cogliano may have redirected the puck off of his body, which created havoc for Cam Talbot. 2-0 Anaheim.
I never knew Wesley Snipes was the captain of the Ducks. Getzlaf continued his amazing postseason play tonight by converting on a Darnell Nurse turnover. Getzlaf took the puck off the boards, skated to the circle, and fired a powerful wrister past Talbot’s glove. He probably only shot the puck because no one was open. 3-0 Ducks at 11:51.
Unfortunately the Oilers got a generous bounce in the last minute of the period. Patrick Maroon, who is still getting paid by the Ducks thanks to Bob Murray, used his body to redirect a shot past Gibson. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins originally tipped the point shot with a questionably high stick, but the goal was upheld. As Maroon was skating through the crease, the puck hit off of his upper body and ended up in the net.
Even with a two-goal lead, the best moment of the period had to have been the TV broadcast cutting to the “lucky” concourse ticket holders looking shocked in disbelief.
The Oilers scored an early goal off yet another bounce to start the second period. Josh Manson played his position well and forced Desharnais to the outside and below the goal, but the winger was able to throw a puck into the crease. It ended up going off both Anton Slepyshev and Theodore’s shoulder before rolling over Gibson and in. It was a horrible way to start the period.
Things did not get much better from there. McDavid took advantage of an Anaheim turnover and created a highlight reel goal. The young star was able to make a nifty move on Vatanen and cashed in with a shot from the circle. And since the NBCSN feed is basically an Edmonton broadcast, everyone got to hear about it every thirty seconds for rest of the period. “Cogliano with a shot, but remember that McDavid goal though?”
Cam Talbot really wanted to make an impact on the game. Chris Wagner took a sharp angle slap shot while being stick checked and just tried to send the puck toward the net. The Edmonton goalie tried to block it away but inexplicably played it off the inside of the blocker. Instead of probably going wide, the puck deflected back toward the net and in. It was a huge and badly needed goal for the visiting team. 4-3 Anaheim.
Edmonton dominated the period and carried a 23-16 shot advantage heading into the final frame.
Jakob Silfverberg is good at this goal-scoring thing. The second line winger scored his second of the game at 4:56. Theodore carried the puck into the zone instead of dumping the puck in (like you are supposed to) and got the offense rolling. Josh Manson hit Silf in the middle of the low slot with time to measure Talbot. The goal was challenged for offside but luckily the play was too close to call. Kesler made his best play of the series by blocking the on-ice angle of the play. 5-3 Anaheim.
How about one more? Ryan Kesler scored a tap in goal to put home the dagger. Silfverberg’s shot hit Kesler in front of the net, but ricocheted away from the Edmonton goaltender.
The Ducks cruised home and earned a 6-3 victory. Anaheim will be back in action Wednesday night for Game 4 in Edmonton.