Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series is Sunday. Two goals that largely silenced a sellout Honda Center crowd showed that they've got a lot of work ahead of them. He scored Edmonton's first goal to start the second-period rally, his second in as many games and fourth point against the Ducks so far. "That's something we can keep improving on", said centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He beat Braden Holtby on the blocker side to give Pittsburgh the lead and they would hold off a furious rally from Washington late to take a 1-0 series lead. It's a long climb. They had easily swept Calgary in the first round in four games. Edmonton challenged it for being offside, but the goal stood upon review.
"It's called the playoffs and the other team gets in the way sometimes", said the Oilers head coach. That wasn't the backbreaker. "The backbreaker was the 25 seconds in".
Within 12 minutes of the puck dropping, the Ducks found themselves up 3-0 thanks to goals from Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf assisted on it and also scored.
Ryan Ellis opened the scoring midway through the first period before McLeod doubled Nashville's lead. John Gibson made 21 saves for the Ducks. The Swedish defenceman, who had four goals in 79 regular-season games and 13 in his entire career, scored twice in Edmonton's victory on Wednesday. Since struggling at times against San Jose, Maroon has picked up his game and has become a key player on the Oilers top six.
"Coming back from their building up 2-0 is obviously a huge confident boost for us, and coming back to play in front of our home fans tonight is gonna be another boost for us, and we're gonna need every bit of it, because like I said, they're gonna be an extremely desperate team tonight and we're gonna have to have our best game of the series", Talbot said.
"We didn't have our position in the neutral ice", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. He now has one in two appearances as a visitor. McDavid spun and cut back to lose defender Sami Vatanen and rifle a shot over Gibson's left elbow to pull the Oilers even at 8:40 of the second period. Talbot got credit from both teams for the result in Game 2, making all manner of impressive saves while Anaheim dominated the last 30 minutes.
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Silfverberg got his stick on a loose puck to make it 2-0 at 5:33 when Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson failed to clear it away from Talbot. Rakell sneaked behind Edmonton's defence and corralled a long pass from Getzlaf for a breakaway. "We wanted to come here and win hockey games, and that's what we did".
McDavid was more active than in any of his previous seven post-season games but was unable to score. Edmonton has looked comfortable with the lead through two games despite its relative playoff inexperience.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Oilers are favored at home in today's game, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. "We did a good job battling back to tie it up, but ultimately we definitely didn't deserve to win that one". "We're not getting out of sorts".
"We're talking about emotional games, there's ups and downs, there's different things", he said.
"Everyone has talked about experience heading into the first round and the playoffs".
Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa injured his knee during the first period, colliding with a teammate.