Anaheim 4 vs. Edmonton 3 2OT
May 5, 2017
Ducks lead series 3-2
On Friday night at Honda Center, the Ducks became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win a game when trailing by three goals (3-0) with less than four minutes left in regulation (3:16 left in regulation when Anaheim made it 3-1). Prior to Friday, no other NHL club had even forced overtime in such a situation.
The latest rally in Stanley Cup Playoff history before Anaheim's comeback was accomplished by the Oilers, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Dallas on April 20, 1997 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Edmonton started that rally with exactly four minutes remaining in regulation, winning 4-3 in overtime. Ducks Assistant Coach Todd Marchant had an assist for the Oilers in that comeback win.
With the win, Anaheim took the series lead, 3-2. The Second Round series now shifts back to Rogers Place in Edmonton for Game 6 on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. (PT).
Tonight's contest was Anaheim's longest since a triple-OT Game 2 in the 2015 Western Conference Final on May 19, 2015 vs. Chicago (3-2 Blackhawks victory). It was also Anaheim's 11th multiple overtime game in franchise history.
Corey Perry scored his second overtime goal of the 2017 playoffs, his third career playoff overtime goal, at 6:57 of the second overtime. The goal completed a three point night for Perry (1-2=3). Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell assisted on the goal.
The Ducks set a franchise playoff record for most shots in a game with 64. The previous record of 63 was established in Game 5 of the CSF on May 3, 2007 vs. Vancouver.
Rickard Rakell scored the game-tying goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation, marking his fifth goal of the playoffs. Rakell, who has points in three consecutive contests (3-1=4), is ranked tied for fifth in goals this postseason.
At 16:44 of the third period, Ryan Getzlaf scored his team-leading eighth goal of the playoffs, tied for the league lead with Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel. Getzlaf added an assist on Perry's overtime goal for his sixth multi-point contest of the 2017 playoffs (1-1=2). In the first period, Getzlaf was awarded with the second penalty shot in Ducks playoff history, an unsuccessful attempt vs. Cam Talbot. Corey Perry took Anaheim's only other postseason penalty shot on May 16, 2014 vs. Los Angeles in Game 7 of the Second Round (unsuccessful). Getzlaf's penalty shot attempt was the first of his NHL career in either the playoffs or regular season.
With his first goal of the playoffs and fifth of his career at 17:19 of the third period, Cam Fowler tied Ruslan Salei (5) for fourth on the all-time franchise goal list for defensemen. Fowler's assist on the game-tying goal marked his 23rd career assist to match Chris Pronger (23) and Jakob Silfverberg (23) for sixth on the all-time franchise assist list and third among defensemen.
With two assists, Jakob Silfverberg extended his postseason point streak to five games (5-3=8). Silfverberg passed Scott Niedermayer (34) for fifth on the all-time franchise scoring list and tied Chris Pronger (23) for sixth on the all-time franchise assists list. Silfverberg has points in five straight games (5-3=8) dating to the beginning of the Second Round.
Tonight's attendance was 17,358, a sellout including standing room only.
On the comeback
When you're playing in a playoff series, it's about sticking with it and staying with the things you're doing. We had a lot of looks early that we didn't bury and obviously they did. We had some opportunities at the end and it was great to get that win.
On the determination of the team
We did whatever we had to do. We scratched and clawed at the end and found a way to get back into that game to give ourselves an opportunity.
On the composure of the team
I don't think I heard once on the bench any frustration or anything. It was a matter of going out for the next shift.
On his game-winning goal
I'll take them whenever I can get them. It's nice to see them go in. It doesn't matter when. It's a matter of getting shots on net. When I saw I had an opening to the net, I kind of knew what I wanted to do.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the comeback
I don't know if there is a recipe or something you can hang your hat on other than you can't quit believing when you're in any situation. Momentum swings in the playoffs are so drastic and they mean so much. When you're able to get one, you start to believe and it sends a different message to the opposition. You get two and you can really get this done. We just found a way to will it across the line at the end. It's a great achievement for our players and we should feel good about ourselves, but the next one will be the toughest one in their building.
On the resiliency of Getzlaf and Perry
They have been there before. They have been in more pressure situations than this. They've been exposed to this type of atmosphere a lot more than a lot of the guys in the dressing room. Stanley Cup Final, Stanley Cup Playoffs, World Championships, Olympics… all of those things, and these guys have had success. If we stay the course, we'll find a way to get it done. That's what they do. They lead by example.
On the loss
You don't have to say much about that. Definitely disappointing.
On the Ducks' third goal
It's a mad scramble at the net. [Talbot] didn't really have a chance to make the save. Ultimately, it's a tough call for the ref to make. He's deciding the game. It's tough for him to call.
On the final three minutes of the third period
They were able to get the puck in the zone and keep it in the zone. It goes off a back, a guy tries to block it and got through, and I just talked about the third one. We have to do a better job in situations like that and getting the puck out. We're still in the series going home. We need to figure out how to win at home. We have to come out with our best game to give ourselves a good chance.
On the Oilers' play after the first period
We responded the way we needed to, and it showed in the second period. We felt good about our game going into the third period. We just couldn't get the job done.
On the goalie interference challenge on the Ducks' third goal
I couldn't bring it back underneath me. There's no way I could've done that. I watched the replay, and he had a chance to get up, but it almost looks like he digs in over my pad, and makes it look like he's just holding on. The only thing I got to see was the jumbotron replay, so maybe they have another angle, I don't know.
On the final three minutes of the third period
It's frustrating, but at the same time, we had a three-nothing lead with three and a half minutes to go. We had a great opportunity to win that game. Leon [Draisaitl] makes a heck of a block and goes down, second shot goes off his back, they got a lucky bounce there and it started to unravel from there. We came back in overtime with a few good chances, but we're not on top tonight.
Head Coach Todd McLellan
On playing with five defensemen
I think Larsson played about 50 minutes. We had Pouliot playing defense for a few shifts, and he played well. There were a number of things that happened, losing Sekera basically on his first shift didn't help; Benning got banged up and had to leave then come back; then the Russell situation, getting hit then getting called to the concussion room. They get two minutes, we get ten.
On the Oilers' emotion after Game 5
We're all pissed off and we're down. We're allowed to feel those emotions. We're allowed to feel that way, but we've got to come back with a game that's that much better at home, and we can do that. We believe we could play with this team from day one, so we'll go home and regroup. Our guys have done a tremendous job all season, and we showed it again tonight. We weren't very happy with what happened in Edmonton, and we responded with a hell of a game. We're going to do the same thing. We have the ability to do that really well.