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Oilers will play Ducks in Western Conference Second Round

Edmonton eliminated Sharks in six games; Anaheim swept Flames to advance

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The Edmonton Oilers will play the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round after Edmonton eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 3-1 win Saturday.

The Ducks (46-23-13) will have home-ice advantage in the best-of-7 series as the Pacific Division champion. The Oilers (47-26-9) finished second in the Pacific, two points behind though they won more games.

Edmonton won three of the five games against Anaheim this season, two in overtime at home, including 4-3 on April 1. The series schedule has not been announced. The winner will play either the St. Louis Blues or Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Final.

Anaheim completed its first-round sweep of the wild-card Calgary Flames with a 3-1 win Wednesday. The first three games were decided by one goal, with the Ducks winning Game 3 5-4 in overtime after trailing 4-1.

John Gibson started each of the four games and had a 2.59 goals-against average and .926 save percentage (he was pulled in Game 3). Ryan Getzlaf (three goals, two assists), Rickard Rakell (two goals, three assists) and Shea Theodore (two goals, three assists) each had five points. Defensemen Cam Fowler (knee) did not play, and Sami Vatanen (upper body) missed all but one game, but they may be able to return in this round.

Edmonton won four of the final five games in its series against San Jose, which finished third in the Pacific after reaching the Stanley Cup Final as Western Conference champion last season. Cam Talbot had back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3 but allowed five goals in a 7-0, Game 4 loss. Connor McDavid, Zack Kassian and defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who was injured in Game 6, each scored twice.

McDavid, the only 100-point scorer in the NHL this season, had seven points (two goals, five assists) against the Ducks in the regular season. Leon Draisaitl scored six goals in the five games and led Edmonton with eight points. Talbot was 3-2-0 with a 2.61 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Getzlaf led the Ducks with seven points (one goal, six assists) against the Oilers. Gibson was 1-1-2 with a 2.70 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Edmonton defeated Anaheim in five games to win the 2006 Western Conference Final, the Oilers' last playoff appearance until this season. The Ducks last reached the conference final in 2015, when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.

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