Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid shoots between Anaheim Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore, left, and goalie John Gibson during the first period in Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 5, 2017.
"Each game is its own entity, has its own circumstance, takes on its own personality and we've really seen this in this series". Correctly, Rule 78.7 (ii) says that a "goal on the ice should have been allowed because (ii) the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper".
Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot turned away 34 of 35 shots for the win.
Edmonton's last Game 7 was 11 years ago, when the Oilers fell 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup final. Mark Letestu added a pair of goals. "We can find ways to win".
The Oilers have scored 23 goals to the Ducks' 19 in six games, while only one combined for fewer than seven goals. The confidence was so high and the focus on Russell toughing it out through an apparent brain injury was so strong that TSN's Ryan Rishaug took the time to shut down the people (mainly bloggers) who were concerned about the shot attempts and zone entry/exit problems that were pointing to danger. Not only were they stumbling through a three-game losing streak and facing elimination on home ice, they were coming into Game 6 on the heels of a borderline historic last-minute meltdown on Friday night.
So, the Oilers were a team on a mission in Game 6.
McDavid picked up an assist on Caggiula's goal, finally notching his first multi-point performance of the playoffs after posting 30 during the regular season to claim the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the league. With a 3-0 lead entering the game's final three and a half minutes, the Oilers looked poised to wrest a 3-2 series lead over the Ducks.
The third period was scoreless.
On the power play, Draisaitl passed the puck to Lucic along the wing and got it right back in the slot before scoring his third goal of the game. "Obviously we tried to contain him a little more the last couple of games and it worked out for us". The fourth time through that scenario was the breaking point for general manager Bob Murray, who fired coach Bruce Boudreau after last season and rehired Randy Carlyle to rewrite that exhausted script before the window of opportunity closes for a group whose core is reaching middle age in hockey years. On both those occasions, they had trailed the series 3-1.
Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh's superstar centre returned to the lineup Saturday, missing just one game due to his latest concussion. The series win was right there.
The Preds are a remarkable 8-2 in the postseason, having swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round before eliminating the Blues.
Don't expect any panic moves from the Ottawa Senators in their series against the New York Rangers going into Game 5 Saturday after consecutive road losses tied things up at 2.
Slepyshev scored 45 seconds into the second period on a 2-on-1 rush to put Edmonton up 6-0. Crosby & Co. will make no mistake Monday night.
The Blues pushed Dallas to a seventh game in the Western semifinals a year ago to reach the conference finals.
The first play was in Game 4. That should be enough to force a seventh game unless Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stones NY. We've got your way to watch the action go down when the puck drops at 10:30pm EST on May 5.
"It's past us, we were porous in a lot of areas (Sunday) and we had to take today to heal our bodies and our minds", said Carlyle.
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.
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