Corey Perry scored 6:57 into the second overtime period, capping a historic comeback and giving the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven.
The Oilers survived injuries and several good Anaheim scoring chances to get out of the first period scoreless. Ryan Getzlaf had a penalty shot with 10:48 left in the frame but missed the net. Cam Talbot made two other stops on Getzlaf as the Ducks outshot the Oilers 13-7 in the first. Andrej Sekera was injured on a hit from Getzlaf, while Oscar Klefbom left the game after blocking a Cam Fowler shot. Sekera didn’t return to the game while Klefbom came back for the start of the second period. Matthew Benning was shaken up early in the game on a hard hit from Nate Thompson, but Benning returned after a quick trip to the dressing room.
It didn’t take long for Leon Draisaitl to open the scoring in the second. Just 15 seconds in, he fired a shot from a sharp angle that squeaked by John Gibson. The Oilers went on a two-man advantage soon after. Connor McDavid batted a puck out of the air and in, giving the Oilers two goals in 2:40. Drake Caggiula added another about ten minutes later, one-timing home a pass from McDavid on a three-on-one.
However, the Ducks weren’t done. Getzlaf scored with 3:16 left, and Cam Fowler struck 35 seconds later. Then with just 15 seconds left, Rickard Rakell poked at a puck in a goal mouth scramble and it trickled between Talbot’s legs and in to tie it 3-3. The goal was reviewed for goalie interference and stood, even though Ryan Kesler was shown to be pulling at Talbot’s pad on the play.
“They wrap his arm around his leg, he can’t get up and it’s still a goal. So, I have no idea anymore what goalie interference is,” said Milan Lucic of the call. “Someone knows. Someone call me and tell me. Because it’s a shame that we are where we are right now with a call like that.”
All three goals were scored with Gibson pulled for an extra attacker. The Ducks are the first team in NHL history to force overtime when trailing by three goals with less than four minutes left in regulation time.
In the first overtime period, the Oilers took a too many men penalty at 15:56 but were able to kill it off.
In the second overtime, Perry took a pass from Getzlaf in front and outwaited Talbot, sliding a shot past the outstretched Oilers goaltender.
“We had a 3-0 lead with 3 and a half minutes to go. We had every opportunity to win that game,” said Talbot. “I mean, Leon makes a heck of a block, goes down, second shot goes off his back. They got a lucky bounce there and it just started to unravel from there.”
Talbot set a new team record with 60 saves in a playoff game.
The Oilers will be facing elimination in game six Sunday at Rogers Place. 630 CHED has the game with the Face-off Show at 3pm. The game starts at 5pm. (jrw)