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Oilers remain confident entering Game 5 at Ducks

Edmonton quickly turns page after series-tying overtime loss

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers remain confident entering Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports) despite losing the home-ice advantage in the Western Conference Second Round.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 after the Ducks' 4-3 overtime win in Game 4 at Rogers Place on Wednesday. The road team has won all four games.

"I think everyone feels pretty good, even though losing both [games] at home is not ideal," captain Connor McDavid said Thursday. "We're going into a building that we feel pretty comfortable playing in, we've had success there before. We've been a pretty good road team this year, the guys seem to jell on the road."

The Oilers are 4-1 on the road in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including wins at Honda Center in Games 1 and 2 of this series. They also won two of three games against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center en route to winning their first-round series in six games.

"It's a lot of pressure at home," defenseman Oscar Klefbom said. "We have a good feeling going down and playing the Ducks in California. We played two really good games there, or maybe at least one of them, so we have a really good feeling going down there."

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Home ice has not been much of an advantage in the series or in the playoffs. Heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers, road teams are 31-26.

"I think teams are so evenly matched, the environments that teams play throughout the year, the maturity of the teams that are in the playoffs right now, and I think the mature teams are accustomed to it and it doesn't faze them at all to be on the road," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "It's a road series so far, but when you start looking for quirks like that, it doesn't work that way. You have to play; it's a separate event every night. You have to play Game 5 better than you played Game 4."


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Edmonton started out well in Game 4, taking a 2-0 first-period lead. But Anaheim scored three straight goals in the second period to go ahead 3-2, outshooting the Oilers 21-5. Oilers forward Drake Caggiula scored with 1:42 left in the third period to tie the game 3-3, but Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg won it 45 seconds into overtime.

By Thursday, the Oilers said they had forgotten about Game 4.

"It's tough now afterwards, but it's in the past and you just have to focus on the next game," Klefbom said. "We're still in a pretty good spot. We had a 2-0 lead, but 2-2 is still a pretty good spot. We have a good feeling going to California; we've played some really good hockey. We still have that good feeling in the group. Yesterday's game is in the past now, and we're just going to focus on the next game. It's a long series."

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