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Jakob Silfverberg of Ducks enjoying life in playoff bubble

Anaheim forward providing offensive spark vs. Oilers, scored series-tying overtime goal in Game 4

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg was stressing the importance of Game 5 and the need to win a home game against the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Second Round.

Silfverberg's voice trailed off when he got to the specifics, and he posed a question of his own.

"Playing at home, on Friday, right?" he said, smiling. "You kind of lose track of days."

Welcome to the playoff bubble.

By the way, Game 5 will be at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, with the road team winning each of the first four games.

 

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It is Silfverberg's bubble, along with Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, and everyone else is just visiting. Getzlaf and Silfverberg have combined for 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) in Anaheim's eight games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Getzlaf, who had two goals and two assists against the Oilers in Game 4, is the second-leading scorer in the playoffs with 13 points (seven goals, six assists); he trails Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins (16 points).

Silfverberg has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in eight games. Getzlaf and Silfverberg are the first Ducks players to score seven goals through the Anaheim's first eight playoff games.

Silfverberg has been the Ducks' most effective goal scorer against the Oilers. He has at least one in every game of the series, including two in Game 3.

None was bigger than his goal 45 seconds into overtime of Game 4 that gave the Ducks a 4-3 victory at Rogers Place on Wednesday. It was his second game-winning goal of the postseason. Getzlaf found a wide-open Silfverberg in the left circle for a one-timer that went past Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.

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Silfverberg's teammates are used to watching him craft that particular skill.

"If there's one guy to give the puck in that situation, it's him," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "He actually practices that shot before every practice. So it was fitting he scored on that one.

"If there's one guy on the team we want to be shooting the puck, it's him."

Silfverberg is blessed with one of the quickest releases in the League. He had NHL career-highs in goals (23), assists (26) and points (49) in 79 regular-season games. Those numbers are even more impressive considering the significant defensive responsibilities he carries while playing on a line with Cogliano and center Ryan Kesler.

This isn't the first time Silfverberg has come up big in the postseason for the Ducks. He had 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 16 games to help them reach the 2015 Western Conference Final. But now, at age 26, he seems to be even better.

He credited the leadership and work ethic of Getzlaf, who seems to be taking the Ducks to another level.

"He's pushing the pace out there," Silfverberg said. "He's making plays. He pushes the whole team with him. It kind of forces you to bring that same work ethic.

"It's not only about making pretty plays. He's a workhorse out there too. It brings an aggressive mentality to the rest of the bench."

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