TALBOT, OILERS LEAVE ANAHEIM WITH 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Cam Talbot turned aside 39 of 40 shots he faced as the Edmonton Oilers headed home with a 2-0 lead against the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference Second Round series after a 2-1 win at Honda Center.
* The Oilers took a 2-0 series lead on the road for the fifth time in franchise playoff history, including twice against the Ducks (also 1981 PRE at MTL, 1988 DF at CGY, 1990 F at BOS and 2006 CF at ANA). Edmonton went on to win each series.
* Talbot earned his fourth consecutive win and improved to 6-2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.03 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-7 series own an all-time series record of 309-48 (86.6%), while teams that do so on the road own an all-time record of 69-18 (79.3%).
Video: Breaking down Game 2 between the Oilers and Ducks
Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 3, Nashville 2 - series tied 1-1
Edmonton 2, ANAHEIM 1 - EDM leads 2-0
TARASENKO, BLUES EVEN SERIES AT 1-1
Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 3:51 remaining in the third period, as the St. Louis Blues rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to hand the Nashville Predators their first loss of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and even their series at 1-1.
* Tarasenko scored his 21st and 22nd career playoff goals (all w/ St. Louis) to surpass Brian Sutter and Red Berenson (21) for sole possession of third on the franchise's all-time list, trailing only Brett Hull (67) and Bernie Federko (35).
* Tarasenko also recorded his sixth career multigoal game in the postseason; only Hull (13) and Federko (7) have more in franchise playoff history.
* Elias notes that when teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 series, the winner of Game 3 owns an all-time series record of 204-99 (67.3%).
Video: Clutch Performance: Tarasenko nets two goals vs. NSH
DID YOU KNOW?
Five of six games in the second round have featured a go-ahead, game-winning goal in the final eight minutes of regulation.
Game-Winning Goals in Second Round of 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs
12:36 of third period: Nick Bonino (PIT)
14:55 of third period: Vernon Fiddler (NSH)
15:20 of third period: Adam Larsson (EDM)
15:49 of third period: Erik Karlsson (OTT)
16:09 of third period: Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
* Overall, there have been 14 go-ahead, game-winning goals scored in the third period this postseason, including six in the final five minutes of regulation.
* Elias adds that 20 of 48 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have seen the winning team overcome a deficit (41.7%), 33 have been decided by one goal (68.8%) and another six have been decided by two goals following an empty-net goal (combined, 81.3%).
Video: Tarasenko powers Blues in win, Oilers top Ducks
Oilers forward Patrick Maroon scored the game-winning goal against his former club. … Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (1-1-2) extended his point streak to five games (2-5-7), the longest such run by a defenseman in franchise playoff history. … The Ducks lost consecutive games losses for the first time since Oct. 13-15, their first two games of the 2016-17 season. … The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, OTT leads 1-0, 3 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports 2, NBC
Pittsburgh @ Washington, PIT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
2017 NHL DRAFT LOTTERY TAKES PLACE TONIGHT
The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system utilized to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held tonight in Toronto (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.
Participants in the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery include the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play in 2017-18, and the 14 teams that did not qualify for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the clubs that have acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff teams).
The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw is as follows:
1. Colorado Avalanche: 18.0%
2. Vancouver Canucks: 12.1%
t-3. Arizona Coyotes: 10.3%
t-3. Vegas Golden Knights: 10.3%*
5. New Jersey Devils: 8.5%
6. Buffalo Sabres: 7.6%
7. Detroit Red Wings: 6.7%
8. Dallas Stars: 5.8%
9. Florida Panthers: 5.4%
10. Los Angeles Kings: 4.5%
11. Carolina Hurricanes: 3.2%
12. Winnipeg Jets: 2.7%
13. Philadelphia Flyers: 2.2%
14. Tampa Bay Lightning: 1.8%
15. New York Islanders: 0.9%
VGK assigned same lottery odds as team finishing 2016-17 regular season in 28th place
The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 1st Lottery Draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery Draw, based on which team wins the 2nd Lottery Draw.