caps Ducks' historic comeback vs. Oilers
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[May 06, 2017]
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf
couldn't recall witnessing anything like the incredible rally the
Anaheim Ducks launched against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
"That's one of the biggest things I've seen when you're talking
about scoring three goals with the goalie off," Getzlaf said. "It
doesn't happen very often.
"The one thing we did accomplish tonight was protecting our home
ice. We've got to go out there in their tough building and try to
(win the series)."
Corey Perry scored the winning goal at 6:57 of the second overtime,
capping an amazing comeback as the Ducks topped the Oilers 4-3 at
The Ducks scored three goals in the final 3:16 of regulation with
goaltender John Gibson pulled for an extra attacker to erase a 3-0
Oilers lead and force overtime.
The Ducks take a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven Western
Conference second-round series, with a chance to clinch a spot in
the conference final on Sunday at Edmonton's Rogers Place.
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 initiated the late rally by scoring his eighth goal of the
postseason with 3:16 remaining and Fowler added another one 35
seconds later to pull the Ducks within a goal.
"Well, I don't know if there is a recipe. I don't know if there is
something you can hang your hat on other than you cannot quit
believing when you're in any situation," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
said. "Momentum swings in the playoffs are so drastic and they mean
so much that when you're able to get one you start to believe in the
sense in the different message to the opposition."
Rakell backhanded the equalizer from close range during a wild scrum
in front. The play was reviewed because Ryan Kesler was in the
crease, but the goal stood as it was ruled Darnell Nurse was holding
him there and there was no interference.
"Obviously, Kesler was pushed in, there's no doubt about that, but
we have a strong belief that he had dropped his arm around
(goaltender Cam Talbot's) leg," Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said.
"I don't know what (interference) is anymore, so you'd have to ask
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, and Leon Draisaitl and
Drake Caggiula also scored for the Oilers.
Talbot stopped 60 shots for the Oilers and Gibson made 35 saves for
the Ducks, who became the first home team to win a game in the
"That's something this series that hasn't happened yet. We're just
happy to get out of here (with a win)," said Perry, who also had two
Draisaitl scored his third goal of the postseason 15 seconds into
the second period, converting a pass from Oscar Klefbom for a 1-0
Less than three minutes later, McDavid swatted the
puck out of the air and past 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
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Ducks celebrate after the game winning goal by right wing Corey
Perry (10) after game five of the second round of the 2017 Stanley
Cup Playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. Mandatory
Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Anaheim had a goal waved off at 10:45 of the second period when Nick
Ritchie, with his back to the net, deflected a shot out of the air
past Talbot. However, after a review, officials said Ritchie
high-sticked the puck into the net, keeping the Ducks scoreless.
Edmonton made it 3-0 at 12:28 of the second when Caggiula scored on
a beautiful pass from McDavid. For Caggiula, it was his second goal
of the playoffs.
But the Oilers never scored again.
"We're disappointed, but we can't get mad at anybody; they were all
effort opportunities," McLellan said.
In the first period, Getzlaf was awarded a penalty shot at 10:48
after Edmonton left winger Milan Lucic was whistled for holding on a
breakaway. However, Getzlaf's shot sailed over the net.
The game was the longest ini the postseason for the Ducks since they
lost a 3-2 triple-overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in
Game 2 of the 2015 Western Conference Final.
NOTES: Before Friday's game, the latest rally in Stanley Cup Playoff
history was accomplished by the Oilers, who rallied from a 3-0
deficit to defeat Dallas on April 20, 1997. Edmonton started that
rally with exactly four minutes remaining in regulation, winning 4-3
in overtime. ... The Ducks set a franchise record for most shots in
a game (64). The previous mark was 63 in Game 5 of the 2007 playoffs
against the Vancouver Canucks. ... Oilers C Leon Draisaitl has 15
points (eight goals, seven assists) in 10 games during the regular
season and playoffs against the Ducks. ... Anaheim D Cam Fowler tied
Chris Pronger (23) for sixth on the Ducks' all-time playoff assist
list and third among defensemen. ... Ducks LW Andrew Cogliano tied
Todd Marchant for ninth with 52 playoff games on the franchise's
all-time list. ... Edmonton scratched D Mark Fayne, D Griffin
Reinhart, LW Matt Hendricks, RW Iiro Pakarinen, C Anton Lander, D
Eric Gryba, D Jordan Oesterle and D Joey Laleggia. D Kevin Bieksa, D
Korbinian Holzer, RW Patrick Eaves, RW Jared Boll and RW Ondrej Kase
were unavailable for Anaheim.
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