The Oilers were due for another bounce sooner or later. Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring three minutes into the period. After the puck bounced off Rakell’s glove, Draisaitl went in alone on Gibson. As Lindholm was hooking the Edmonton skater, the puck went five-hole at about five miles-an-hour. Not the best goal to give up to start the game.
John Gibson was fighting the puck at the end of Game 5 and the first period was no different. He narrowly escaped giving up a second goal with the most unnecessary two-pad stack that you will ever see. To make up for that play, Draisaitl scored again at 7:22. He snuck a weak backhander from the low slot right under Gibson’s pad. This still was not the worst goal he gave up in the first eight minutes. 2-0.
To put the icing on the cake, Gibson gave up a third goal to Zack Kassian only a minute later. Kassian had a mini breakaway but did not have any angle to shoot at. Gibson felt like being a team player and left one of his pads completely off the ice exposing the entire five-hole. Ryker Kesler, Ryan’s son, scored a similar goal in the 2017 All-Star skills competition on Carey Price. However, one goalie was being nice to a six year old. The other is supposedly a big game goaltender. That would mark three goals on six shots against and the end of the night for Gibson. #3in6 lives on.
Another one. Mark Letestu made sure Jonathan Bernier felt welcomed to the game. Bernier gave up his first goal only three minutes into his first appearance of the series. It was a goal the backup goaltender will definitely want back, but at least it was not five-hole. 4-0.
Oh, but the horror was not over just yet. It would not be an Anaheim Ducks playoff game if they did not give up a power play goal against. Letestu scored his second of the period off of a pretty Edmonton passing play. Letestu let off a one-timer from the circle into a yawning net. This time an Anaheim goalie did not have a chance to make a save. 5-0 Edmonton.
Rumor has it Carlyle provided orange slices during intermission to get his team back into the game.
That intermission pep talk clearly did not work. Forty-five seconds into the period, Patrick Maroon led a 2 on 1 and was able to get the puck over to Anton Slepyshev for the goal. There was not much Bernier could do about that one. Draisaitl picked up the second assist on the goal, which was his fourth point of the night. Cue the narrative.
Rickard Rakell put Anaheim on the board at 8:56. Perry collected yet another point and Fowler got the second assist. Fowler brought the puck all the way up the ice and went straight through the middle of the ice to the net. Rakell now has goals in four straight playoff games. 6-1 bad guys.
Fine, how about another? Leon Drasaitl picked up his third goal of the game, fifth point, and a hat trick. Draisaitl was left wide open in the slot while on the power play. That is usually a no-no. Anaheim has now given up thirteen (!!!) power play goals in only ten games this postseason. This kind of stretch was bound to happen sometime this year because the Ducks PK is based solely on winning faceoffs and a high save percentage. The system is so passive that forwards cannot leave their low position. All it takes is some easy passing to find a giant hole in the slot. So much for having coaches that preach defensive structure. 7-1.
Anaheim’s best opportunity of the period came on a power play. Getzlaf ripped a shot from the point but hit the post. Rakell was able to pick up the rebound but ended up hitting the post as well. That just about sums up how Game 6 went for the Ducks tonight. At least they did not give up a goal for twenty minutes.
Game 7 is on Wednesday. At home. Yay.