dglobalnews.com Leon Draisaitl can thrive for Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim against Ducks
Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Leon Draisaitl can thrive for Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim against Ducks

But only recently have they mastered the ability to do something about it, and they've turned that newly discovered skill into the strength of their season, having only lost back-to-back games in regulation three times in a 67-game span dating back to December 1.

The Edmonton Oilers return home after stealing both games in Anaheim and the home crowd will be one of the loudest you'll see in the National Hockey League playoffs.

Silfverberg got his stick on a loose puck at 5:32 when Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson failed to clear it away from Talbot. We just have to find ways to play our game now. "We take this one, learn from what we did right and wrong and get ready for the next one". "This is a good time to do that".

"The guys have always believed in our depth", McDavid said. Kevin Bieksa will miss tonight's game and the way Randy Carlyle was talking to the media about his status, he'll probably be out of action for the next couple of games.

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Like the Ducks, San Jose, the defending conference champion, was billed as superior to the young Oilers by way of their playoff experience. "We are still in a decent spot".

McDavid was more active than in any of his previous seven post-season games but was unable to score. "Whatever they did is fine, but it's on us".

Cam Talbot made 39 saves, stealing a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Friday night. "We weren't getting pucks out".

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"He's been our anchor in the back", Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. They have players who capitalize on errors, where teams that have been out for a while maybe don't do that as often. Anytime (the review) goes longer and longer, you get more and more nervous. "I mean, the first little mission, here, down in [California] is accomplished, but... it's just two games in a long series, so we've got to stay humble, and go home to Edmonton feeling good".

Edmonton challenged it for being offside, but the goal was allowed to stand. After the Ducks' Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg each scored 85 seconds apart to erase Edmonton's two-goal lead, the Oilers showed the kind of poise few expected they would be capable of this postseason.

"It's called the playoffs and the other team gets in the way sometimes", McLellan said. We're in the exact same spot.

ABOUT THE OILERS: While likely Hart Trophy candidate and generational talent Connor McDavid traditionally commands the undivided attention of the opponent, several unsung Edmonton players temporarily have grabbed the spotlight in his stead. One of the things he's done a very good job of all season is understanding that without his offense on a given night, we still have the ability to win.

Because back-to-back losses in the playoffs equals one foot in the grave.

Ducks defenceman Sami Vatanen did not dress for Game 2, but is said to be getting closer. To make things worse, Perry only received 12:28 minutes of ice time. It's nearly like that San Jose game.

"That's what you're going to have to have from your group going forward", Carlyle said. "We didn't want it to happen, but these are easy fixes".

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