Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ducks Win Wild One in OT to Level Series

The Anaheim Ducks have leveled their best-of-7 series with the Edmonton Oilers at two games apiece, thanks to a monumental game by Ryan Getzlaf, a few nice breaks and a bang-bang overtime winner from Jakob Silfverberg.

Getzlaf took over the game in the second period with the Ducks down 2-0. It was a period owned by the Ducks, and the 31-year-old veteran lead the charge. He made the pivotal block in overtime then converted an ill-advised turnover by Adam Larsson into a perfect cross-ice feed which Silfverberg promptly sent past Cam Talbot.

The goal came at :45 seconds at OT, and just 2:27 after Drake Cagguila tied the game with a clutch goalmouth roof job that brought Rogers Place to a frenzy. It was the first playoff goal of Caggiula's career, and it gave the Oilers a chance in overtime to skate out of Edmonton with a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

It was not meant to be.

Silfverberg's game-winner might not have happened if icing had been called just prior to Larsson's turnover. Getzlaf's zone exit pass went through Silverberg and caused a linesman to raise his hand for icing, but the referee following the play ruled that Oscar Klefbom was close enough to make a play on the puck before it went over the goal line.

That wasn't the only questionable call in this game. Oilers coach Todd McLellan challenged Getzlaf's first goal of the game in the second period for goaltender's interference by Corey Perry. The goal was allowed on the ice and after video review it was ruled a good goal. Perry did make contact with Talbot on the play but he was also gently guided by Larsson on the play.

The call had lasting implications on the Oilers, because they were left without a challenge when Rickard Rakell scored to tie the game at 5:33 of the second. Perry looked to be offside on the play but there was nothing the Oilers could do about it.

Getzlaf scored his second goal of the game at 14:25 of the second when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the fatal mistake of hanging on to the puck in the slot too long in the defensive zone. Getzlaf made a quick swipe at the biscuit and whacked it off of Nugent-Hopkins' stick and into the net.

The Oiler veteran passed Teemu Selanne with that goal to move into first place on the Ducks' all-time playoff goal list.

Getzlaf has five multi-point playoff games in the Ducks first eight post-season tilts. He is second in playoff scoring behind Evgeni Malkin (16 points) with 7 goals and 13 points.

Connor McDavid picked up his fourth goal of the playoffs for the Oilers, who were outshot 39-32.

Leon Draisaitl added a pair of assists for the Oilers. The 21-year-old German is now 2-8-10 for the playoffs.

Game 5 is Friday night in Edmonton.

Notes and Numbers:

The Ducks had 30 unblocked shot attempts to just 12 for the Oilers in the second period, and they outchanced Edmonton 19-7 in the middle stanza.

Adam Larsson had a particularly rough game for Edmonton. He was on ice for all four Ducks goals and made the giveaway to Getzlaf that lead to the game-winner.

McDavid was a negative possession player, with a Corsi of 45.65 percent.

Ondrej Kase only played 2:02 for the Ducks. He left the game after taking a hit from Milan Lucic in the neutral zone.