Silfverberg scores 2, Ducks beat Oilers 6-3 in Game 3
May 09 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Goal! The Anaheim Ducks will battle the Edmonton Oilers in game 3 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs in the 2017 National Hockey League season on April. 30th at 7pm EST.
Edmonton got out of its early funk and tied the game 3-3 midway through the second period on a gorgeous goal by Connor McDavid, but Anaheim quickly squashed the Oilers' momentum. The Ducks squandered a 3-2 lead to the Kings in the second round of the playoffs in 2014 en route to a 4-3 series defeat, and they did the same thing last season against the Nashville Predators in the opening round. "You know, we can't take any situation lightly, so game three is going to be a big game, and we've got to be ready to play". The visitors upped their margin to three after Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse made a poor pass attempt from behind his own goal that went right to Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who snapped a shot over Talbot's shoulder.
The Oilers, who blew a 3-1 lead in the middle of the third period, went up 4-3 on Larsson's second of the game at 15:20.
If the Oilers win, Tait will hang a poster from the tourism agency Explore Edmonton in his city hall, encouraging Anaheim residents to visit North America's most northern metropolis.
Game three: Capitals at Penguins - Capitals coach Barry Trotz yanked goalie Braden Holtby in game two's blowout loss after the reigning Vezina Trophy victor surrendered his sixth goal of the series (he has faced just 35 shots).
After sweeping the Flames, the Ducks now need to find a way to win on the road to avoid elimination against the Oilers.
"I thought this was a very well-played close game against two very good teams", McLellan said.
Defenceman Oscar Klefbom told reporters it's nice to have that lead, but the team can't let it go to their heads. "It's a good goal for us". Hampus Lindholm, who was banged up in Calgary will also play, while fellow import Vatanen remains a game time decision. We knew we were in a real dogfight then.
Silfverberg got his stick on a loose puck at 5:32 when Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson failed to clear it away from Talbot.
Just as he has faced shots throughout the course of the season, Oilers goalie Cam Talbot has faced questions about his extensive workload. Antoine Vermette had a shot trickle through Talbot's legs late in the third period only for a Oilers teammate to pull it off the line.
"We weren't sharp enough, individual miscues were plenty", said Oilers coach Todd McLellan.
Maroon was in the penalty box for knocking down Gibson when Getzlaf beat Talbot with a wrist shot from the hashmarks at 11:51.
This was the first time that the Blues failed to score multiple goals in the playoffs, so the lack of offensive punch on Sunday shouldn't derail what they had going. We started the game the way we wanted to start it. Defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi also scored, and Colton Sissons added two assists.
"It's Game 2, obviously we're in the playoffs, every game's the most important game. We don't have that experience; we haven't been here", McDavid said after collecting an assist in Game 1.
It looked as if Edmonton had broken open a cagey game when Letestu and Larsson scored 1:40 apart in the third, only for Eaves and Silfverberg to respond with hard-charging goals to erase the 3-1 advantage. He sat out the first six games with a knee injury. "We're up 2-0 coming home and that's all that really should matter".