Ducks hope to carry momentum of comeback into Game 6 against Oilers
Call historic 2OT win 'pretty unbelievable'by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer
ANAHEIM -- Appreciation, if not complete understanding, of what the Anaheim Ducks did against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday was starting to sink in by Saturday morning.
"Pretty surreal," Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said of Anaheim rallying from three goals down in the final 3:16 of the third period and winning 4-3 in double overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round here.
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The Ducks became the first team in NHL history to tie a Stanley Cup Playoff game with three straight goals with that little time remaining. They lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 entering Game 6 in Edmonton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).
"I still can't believe how it all went about," Cogliano said. "I don't think anyone else can but that's huge for us. We're up 3-2 instead of being down. That's as big a win as you can get."
Cogliano said he had not slept since the Ducks' historic comeback. All three goals came with Anaheim goaltender John Gibson pulled for an extra skater.
"I think it's pretty unbelievable," Gibson said. "Usually it's tough to get one."
"Wins like that bring a team together," Cogliano said.
The Ducks don't have much time to relive the momentous Game 5 turnaround but they took a few more minutes to do so before leaving for Edmonton.
"The first one goes in, you get a little momentum," Gibson said. "The second one goes in, then you really think that we can do this. We had belief in ourselves, even after the second period.
"We just reset. We've done it before in this series and we said, 'Why not do it again?'"
The Ducks rallied from two goals down against the Oilers in Game 4, winning 4-3 in overtime, and became the first team to win consecutive playoff games in which they trailed by multiple goals since the Los Angeles Kings did so in three consecutive games in 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Perry, Ducks stage comeback for 2OT win
"You cannot quit believing when you're in any situation," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Friday.
"Momentum swings in the playoffs are so drastic and they mean so much. If you are able to get one [goal], you start to believe and it sends a different message to the opponent.
"You get two and it really sends [the message], 'We can get this done.' The intensity level goes up dramatically. We found a way and willed it across the line in the end."
This has been the season of the NHL's youth movement, but the old warhorses are finding ways to help the Ducks win. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who will turn 32 on Wednesday, has been a force, and forward Corey Perry, who will be 32 on May 16, has had a playoff renaissance.
Getzlaf has been at his very best against the Oilers. He started the rally with the Ducks' first goal in Game 5 and assisted on Perry's goal in double overtime. Getzlaf entered Saturday tied with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel for the League lead with eight goals in the playoffs and was second with 15 points, one behind Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin.
"The puck is just with him right now," Cogliano said. "He's just making plays that other guys just can't make. I think he could have had a hat trick in the first period.
" ... I don't think there's anyone in the League that has an answer for his physicality and how big he is. He's a player that you want to try to play physical on. How are you going to do that, really?"
Getzlaf (6-foot-4, 221 pounds) has managed to bring out the best in his old linemate, Perry. In addition to the goal in Game 5, Perry had two assists and has elevated his game since being moved from the third line to the first line with Getzlaf after Patrick Eaves sustained a lower-body injury in Game 3.
Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Getzlaf nets slapper from the point
The three points were Perry's most in a playoff game since 2015, when he scored four against the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the second round.
"They've been through a lot of wars and pressure situations," Carlyle said Saturday. "Again we're going to lean on them as we go forward. That's what veteran players do."
Cogliano said of Getzlaf: "He is a guy that can take over a game and he's done that all playoffs. We need guys to step up behind him."