Oilers coach Todd McLellan challenged the goal, and a video review found no goalie interference because Kesler had been shoved into Talbot by Edmonton defenseman Darnell Nurse. "We needed someone to step up and he's stepped up like he has all season long". We're not going to dwell on that fact. The game remained tied until the second overtime, when Corey Perry beat Cam Talbot with a couple of clever feints and slipped the puck in the back of the net. John Gibson was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. Even after Jonathan Bernier replaced him, the sellout crowd in Edmonton's downtown arena continued to taunt Gibson.
"He has a good feeling for when he needs to stand up in the locker room and say something", Ducks forward Rickard Rakell said before Game 5.
"Just the way the series has developed and get the feel for the way they're playing what to expect going into a game", Yeo said. I have a lot of belief in our staff here that they're going to do everything in their power to make sure I'm good when I come back.
So you've got the Ducks with all kinds of Game 7 experience - all of it bad - versus Edmonton, with zero experience as a team.
"If we're not confident then what are we doing here, really?" said Draisaitl, after the optional skate Sunday morning.
Less than three minutes later, McDavid swatted the puck out of the air and past Gibson for a power-play goal and a 2-0 edge at 2:55 of the second.
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The goal capped a Ducks comeback that started with 3:16 left in the third period with the team down 3-0.
These Oilers - younger than the Ducks and lacking any relevant playoff history together - might not win their next elimination game on Wednesday in Anaheim. "We had a tough game against San Jose, 7-0, came back and won two games to win a series". The Oilers have matured as an organization before our eyes and I wouldn't be surprised if the mandate to turn the page came right from the top. "We proved that to each other tonight". The Penguins held a 2-1 advantage over Washington in Game 5 after the second period and could have eliminated the Caps with a solid third period.
The other goals were scored by Zack Kassian and Anton Slepyshev.
Draisaitl is also the first Oilers player to score a hat trick since April 18th, 2000 when Bill Guerin completed the feat. No one could have predicted that the Ducks' offense, which had produced 10 goals in the previous two games, would be stifled until Getzlaf, Fowler and Rakell brought the Ducks even so late in regulation time. There isn't just one person we look at to be our catalyst.
But there's absolutely nothing the Oilers can do about getting jobbed by the National Hockey League in two consecutive games. "It's my job and our job as a coaching staff to prepare this group to play the best game of the year Wednesday night in Anaheim". "Just got to move past it".
But they don't want to hear about last year, or the three years before that, right now. We weren't able to recover. Anaheim played defenceman Korbinian Holzer up on the fourth line in Game 6 because Ondrej Kase was also hurt and they didn't have 12 healthy forwards. And we responded with a very flat game.
Ducks continue to win almost two-thirds of their face-offs against the Oilers, obviously a major concern because they have the puck more, but the Oilers have still managed to make every game close, whether it's a win or a loss. 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. It all went back to the goal Bob Nystrom scored in overtime of Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup final against his Philadelphia Flyers, a goal that was clearly offside and nearly certainly would have been called back on video review today.