EDMONTON, Alberta Shock, it seems, comes in more than one form. As a result, not only did the team rarely get the benefit of the doubt from officials, but the rallying cry became one that was adopted by the players and the entire organization.
2013: Ducks blow a 3-2 series lead and lose Game 7 at home to Detroit.
Anaheim may have a Cup win in their past, but there may not be a team out there (and yes that includes the Canucks) who have Game 7 failure attached to their DNA like the Ducks.
Notes: McLellan did not have an update on the availability of defenceman Andrej Sekera for Game 6 on Sunday.
They also could avoid a Game 7 at home - the painful scenario that has ended the Ducks' seasons the last four consecutive years. "We know they are going to do the same".
"You don't have to say much about that", McDavid said.
"We were down 3-2 (in the series), but we just kept playing". It's because the calls have gone against us. Their entry in the playoffs was as third or fourth-line players and they got to pick their playoff experience up. "We've got two more games".
Now, some of the blame for the repeated failure of those seasons can be put on former coach Bruce Boudreau, whose regular season dominance followed by payoff ineptitude is well-known. Try a stationary storm system.
"I look at it that it's not the same group".
I needed some time to compose myself after the disaster of Game 5. But Game 6 happened.
It's on to a critical game five in the Anaheim Ducks versus Edmonton. This wasn't a pratfall.
Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 5, 2017.
"I knew you were going to bring that up", Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf told reporters after Sunday night's massacre at Rogers Place.
"Simple as that", Getzlaf continued. We need to respond the same way we did then.
The other goals were scored by Zack Kassian and Anton Slepyshev.
Jonathan Bernier allowed the remaining four goals and finished with 25 saves.
"It doesn't really feel great right now, (but) I've seen resilience", general manager Peter Chiarelli said of his club.
Talbot acknowledged his own frustration over the no-call, but said: "At the same time, we had a 3-nothing lead with 3 1/2 minutes to go". It wasn't our best. Despite being fouled from behind, he nudged a shot underneath John Gibson. The Ducks will be looking for more out of Corey Perry, who, despite scoring the overtime victor a few days ago, has struggled to find the back of the net so far, and the Oilers will hope that Jordan Eberle, who is goalless in the 2017 playoffs, breaks out of his slump.
"That's the way it is", Gibson said. "Not for me. I wasn't there for those situations that they lived through", he said.
Calling a timeout after Drasaitl's early twin strikes did nothing to stem the tide.
"Let's face the facts", Carlyle said. "Forty-five minutes. You have to tip your cap to an effort like that, gutsy effort". And that's a team game. "We need our top players to be the best players and that goes (for) everybody from our goaltender right through our lineup, forwards and defense".
"There's lot of culprits from a standpoint of non-management of the puck". This has been a physical series, emotionally charged and unpredictable in its extremes.
Given how massively the Blues were outshot in the postseason, it comes as little surprise that part-time winger Dmitrij Jaskin, who dressed for two games, was the only one on the positive side (60.9 CF%) of the possession ledger.
And maybe Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl will get lost on the way to Honda Center. We had every opportunity to win that game. Perhaps it isn't a shock. "Pretty simple. The more you look at it, it wasn't our night". "Now you have to go out and do it". They get a lucky bounce there, and it just started to unravel from there.
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