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Ducks don't get bounces in Game 2 loss to Oilers

Hit post, crossbar in third period, fall behind 2-0 in series

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks benefited from a few fortunate bounces while advancing through the Western Conference First Round.

Those same types of breaks didn't go their way in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of their second-round series at Honda Center on Friday.

 

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The game-winning goal went in off Oilers forward Patrick Maroon's skate in the second period, and the Ducks hit the post and crossbar in the third period while pressing for the tying goal.

"That's playoff hockey," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Bounces go your way, bounces don't go your way. Just keep working, keep doing the things that we're doing well."

The Oilers lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 in Edmonton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

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The Ducks won Game 2 of their first-round series against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center on April 15 after a centering pass from Getzlaf went in off Calgary forward Lance Bouma's skate to break a 2-2 tie with 4:46 remaining. Anaheim held on to win 3-2 and take a 2-0 series lead in the eventual sweep.

"We were the benefactor of some bounces [against Calgary}, but again tonight, we directed a lot of pucks and we did a lot of good things, but we got behind the eight ball," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

He was referring to the goal the Oilers scored on the first shot of the game, a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle by defenseman Andrej Sekera that sailed into the net at 1:05 of the first period.

"It kind of put us back on our heels a little bit, but I thought as the game went on, we exerted a lot of pressure," Carlyle said.

The Ducks outshot the Oilers 12-3 in the first, but goaltender Cam Talbot made two point-blank saves on Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler to keep Edmonton in front.

"It's probably a different game if we score one or two of those [in the first period]," Getzlaf said. "We're right in the hockey game all night long. We're not battling from behind."

The pace slowed in the second period, and the Oilers caught their biggest break when Jordan Eberle sent the puck toward the Ducks net on the power play, and it went off Maroon's right skate before hitting goaltender John Gibson's stick and popping up over his shoulder at 6:41 to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead.

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Jakob Silfverberg scored on the power play at 15:34 of the second to get the Ducks to within 2-1, and that was the score when Anaheim went on a power play at 9:18 of the third after Edmonton defenseman Kris Russell was called for holding Rickard Rakell's stick.

Positioned right in front of Talbot, Ducks forward Patrick Eaves redirected a Cam Fowler shot from the point, but it hit the bottom of the right post 17 seconds into the power play.

Fowler then shot one off the crossbar with 7:58 remaining.

"We hit a couple posts and crossbars again tonight, but that's the way it goes in some of these situations," Carlyle said. "If we're going to continue to drive that home, then we're going to have to direct more pucks toward the net, more traffic, simplify, and we feel if we continue to do that, then we will be rewarded."

The Ducks have been down 2-0 in a series seven other times in their history and never have come back to win.

Getzlaf believes a few minor adjustments should allow them to get back into the series when it resumes in Edmonton.

"I'd be really disappointed if we didn't play well, but we played pretty good hockey tonight," he said.

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