Anaheim 3 vs. Edmonton 5
April 26, 2017
Oilers lead Second Round series, 1-0
The Ducks suffered their first loss of the postseason with a 5-3 setback to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the Second Round at Honda Center. Both teams combined for six goals in the third period and two in the second after a scoreless opening frame. Anaheim suffered its first loss in regulation since March 10 at St. Louis, snapping a 15-0-3 mark that began on March 12 through the First Round of the playoffs.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his team-leading fourth goal of the playoffs 37 seconds into the second period, giving him goals in consecutive contests for the second time this postseason. Getzlaf's four goals rank tied for second in the NHL and are tied for his second-most in a playoff campaign. The Anaheim captain also earned a third-period assist for his third multi-point game of the postseason.
Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg scored 1:25 apart in the third period to tie the game at three, each earning their fourth point of the postseason in the process. With the goal, Silfverberg tied Paul Kariya (29) for seventh on the all-time franchise postseason scoring list.
Ryan Kesler tied his playoff career high with two assists (seventh time: last April 11, 2012 w/VAN vs. LA, CQF Game 1) as part of his first multi-point game of the playoffs.
With his first point of the postseason (assist), Andrew Cogliano tied Samuel Pahlsson (16) for 10th on the all-time franchise postseason assists list.
After missing the First Round due to injury, Cam Fowler earned his first point of the postseason (assist) to surpass Jakob Silfverberg (20) for sole possession of seventh on the franchise all-time postseason assist list. Fowler was appearing in 50th career playoff game.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On defensive breakdowns
There were a couple fluky goals, couple of breakdowns and an empty netter. Credit to them, they took advantage of their opportunities tonight. We scored three goals and that should be enough to win in the playoffs, but we were a little sloppy defensively and gave them too many opportunities on the power play.
On Larsson's game-winning goal
It goes off our guy in front. That's a fluky play. He was coming through the neutral zone with a lot of speed so I tried to keep him on the outside.
On Draisaitl's production
He's been good all year. It's just not against us. We just have to play him hard and take his time and space away. Make him earn his space. We're aware of him and we're going to have to keep playing hard against him.
On the game
I thought it was tight all three periods. Both teams checked well tonight. We did some good things out there, but it was a bounce away. We'll move on.
On the third period
We played a pretty decent period. I took a tough penalty on McDavid and they scored a power play, but after that we responded. Scored two quick ones. They managed to get a lucky bounce after that but we did a good job fighting back. Tonight it was their turn. Hopefully the bounces will be on our side for the next game.
On the positives
We came back. We got the right response we wanted. Sometimes that's the way it goes. We got bounces in the first round and they got some tonight.
On the loss
It's a good test. We've dealt with it properly over the last little while. I expect nothing else from our group than to come to work and be ready for the next one.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
We had lots of energy and an energetic game going. Both teams were battling for space on the ice. Our penalty killing let them take some of the emotion and momentum in the hockey game and put it in their favor.
On Larsson's game-winning goal
We had resiliency, but we made a mistake on the winning goal. We didn't have our position in the neutral ice. There is no way we should allow Larsson to skate from the top of his circle into our zone unimpeded. There should have been a second layer just past the red line and we fell back and gave him the necessary room.
On losing in regulation for the first time in 19 games
In reality, we really couldn't think we could win every game. We've had so much success. Sometimes things are not going to go your way every night, but it stings because it's a playoff game and we battled back and had a lead in it. Those are the positives you're going to try to build on, but we're going to need more from our group.
On the Ducks
They're not going away. They're a veteran team. They're dominant and they're going to keep playing and keep coming. That's what they did tonight too.
On the team's mindset after the Ducks' third goal that tied the game
We went through that last season too. You can see on the bench, we didn't panic. We kept it going. We learned a lot during the last series and we carried it over to this series.
On the third period
It was a lot different than the first two periods. The first two periods were more of a checking-in, and both teams had a few breakdowns and both teams capitalized on them. We're very happy with the first win.
On the power play
We had a few bounces, but you need that in the playoffs. You need that on the power play. It was good for us to get a few.
On his history against the Ducks
Every player has a team they like to play. The first two periods I didn't do much at all, so you need the bounces here and there too, and we got them tonight.
On Leon Draisaitl
He doesn't get enough credit. People don't talk about him enough. This is a great opportunity for him to step into the spotlight.
On the game-winning goal
We scored early, and that may have forced them to open up a little. They did a good job getting back, but we stuck with it. There may have been a lucky bounce, but we'll take it.
Head Coach Todd McLellan
On Adam Larsson's impact on the team
We've kind of harped on this lately. We've been asked this an awful lot, the trade and how it affected people. We needed to improve our blue line, we needed to have an anchor back there, and Larsson's become that.
They, being McDavid and Draisaitl, push and pull each other. We talked about that during the year. They're happy for each other. They care about each other a lot. There's so much attention put on 97 right now, there's such a focus that others have to pick up the slack, and sometimes there is ice there available. In my opinion, Draisaitl took advantage of it tonight. It worked for us tonight. Will it work on Friday? I sure hope so, but we'll see.