Anaheim (3-2) at Edmonton (2-3)
When: Sunday, May 7th 2017
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The Anaheim Ducks will look to capitalize on an epic comeback on Friday night when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Ducks were in desperation mode down 3-0 with less than four minutes to go in Game 5 when they pulled their goalie and scored an incredible three goals to send the game to overtime. After a scoreless first OT, Corey Perry took a perfect pass from captain Ryan Getzlaf to end the game and go up 3-2 in the series. Rickard Rakell forced extra time with a goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. Getzlaf and Cam Fowler, who both had assists, also scored for the Ducks, who became the first NHL club to rally from three goals down in the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime. Getzlaf now has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in nine playoff games while Rakell upped his tally to nine points (five goals, four assists). Silfverberg recorded a pair of assists, extending his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists) while pushing his playoff total to 11 (seven goals, four assists). The Ducks are 0-for-12 on the power play in the last three games after collecting five goals with the man advantage in the previous six.
The Oilers must quickly forget about this historic collapse and regain some momentum in the elimination game Sunday. Leon Draisaitl scored his third goal of the postseason 15 seconds into the second period, converting a pass from Oscar Klefbom for a 1-0 Oilers lead. Less than three minutes later, Connor McDavid swatted the puck out of the air and past John Gibson for a power-play goal and a 2-0 edge at 2:55 of the second. It was McDavid’s fifth goal of the postseason. Edmonton made it 3-0 at 12:28 of the second when Drake Caggiula scored on a pass from McDavid. For Caggiula, it was his second goal of the playoffs. Draisaitl has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 10 games during the regular season and playoffs against the Ducks. Cam Talbot, who made an incredible 60 saves on Friday, has allowed 14 goals in the last three games despite being perfect for the first 56 minutes of Game 5. The Oilers brass is still upset with the tying goal on Friday that was reviewed for goalie interference, but ended up being upheld. “I don’t even know what goalie interference is anymore. It’s a joke. If someone knows what goalie interference is anymore, please call me and tell me,” Milan Lucic told reporters afterwards.
Anaheim has serious momentum now and they’re 4-0 in Alberta this postseason including two wins in Calgary in round one. Talbot’s confidence could be shaken despite him doing an admirable job for most of Game 5. The Ducks have been the hottest team in the NHL over the last month and a half. I’ll take them here on the road, but I would love to see a Game 7.
Pick: Ducks +110
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