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Talbot brilliant as Oilers take game two

September 26 2017, 07:22 | Van Peters

Leading their second-round playoff series against the Ducks 2-0 and at home for Game 3, the Oilers were unable to take a stranglehold, falling 6-3 to Anaheim.

After Connor McDavid tied the game at 3-3 with his first goal of the series, Chris Wagner gave Anaheim their lead back less than two minutes later.

But while Talbot outplayed Gibson in stealing Game 2, it was Gibson who made the critical saves that steadied the Ducks.

Defenseman Adam Larsson scored his second goal of the third period with 4:40 to play, and the Oilers blew a two-goal lead before beating the Ducks 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Having lost the first two games at home the Anaheim Ducks must be feeling deja vu, previous year they found themselves in a similar situation in their 1st round series against the Nashville Predators.

The 7-0 loss was a painful lesson but Edmonton won the next game, 4-3 in overtime.

"I felt good off the start", Talbot said. He made outstanding saves and proved to be a force for the 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.

"If we're going to play like that, it's going to be tough to ask for more from Talb's side", Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom said. "But it paid off for us, and it was a good goal".

Just like in the 1st round the Ducks continue to struggle with penalties, the Ducks have taken 12 penalties in both games while the Oilers have taken 10.

With two days off between Games 3 and 4, the Ducks will jet off to Kelowna, B.C. for a mini-retreat rather than stay in hockey-mad Edmonton, where they'd likely get no peace. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed two or less goals in six of their last nine games.

However, Draisaitl plays in relative obscurity compared to McDavid, the next face of the game.

The Ducks had a similar getaway two seasons ago during a two-day break during their second-round series against the Flames, practicing for two days in Banff, Alberta, in order to relax and avoid the playoff frenzy of Calgary. "But, like I keep saying, we have a little bit more than people give us credit for. And like I tell him all the time, goalies are supposed to stop the puck".

It might well have looked more believable, in fact, on Friday in Anaheim. I thought had we come in here (to the locker room) with a three-goal lead, everybody's feeling good and doing the same thing.

"Well, he's not Bobby Orr", McLellan said. Unfortunately for them, their team got scored on twenty-five seconds into the game.

Larsson entered Game 1 with one goal in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Anaheim gradually turned the period in its favor, but couldn't score.

"The fans here have been great", McDavid said.

During his media and availability, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle also confirmed that defenceman Kevin Bieksa will be out of the game due to a lower body injury.

Getzlaf beat Talbot with a wrist shot from the hashmarks with 8:09 remaining in the first. The Ducks admittedly were being sucked into the vortex of cheers from the home crowd, until Wagner, who played just nine minutes, got one. As Maroon was skating through the crease, the puck hit off of his upper body and ended up in the net. It's not unreasonable to watch that clip from Game 3 and wonder if he crossed some sort of line.



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