RECORD VS OILERS: 3-3
RECORD VS DUCKS: 3-3
PP: 18.7% (17th)
PK: 84.7% (4th)
GF: 220 (18th)
GA: 197 (3rd)
PP: 22.9% (5th)
PK: 80.7% (17th)
GF: 243 (8th)
GA: 207 (8th)
May 7, 2017 - Drake Caggiula looks at Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano after a heated board battle. Photo Credit: Andy Devlin.
The Oilers and Anaheim Ducks squared off in only one playoff series before.
The two teams met in the 2006 Western Conference Final after the Oilers eliminated the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. Anaheim - then known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim - defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games then swept the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Semifinals before the series with Edmonton.
It only took five games for the Copper & Blue to best the Mighty Ducks. Edmonton won Games 1 and 2 by a score of 3-1 at Arrowhead Pond, then hung on in a wild, eight-goal third period in Game 3 at Rexall Place to win 5-4. The Mighty Ducks stayed alive in Game 4, doubling up on the Oilers 6-3. That was their only win of the series, however, as Edmonton skated out to a tight, 2-1 decision in Game 5.
The Oilers advanced to meet the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Finals next.
The Oilers took down the San Jose Sharks in round one, 4-2. Connor McDavid was the team's leading scorer with two goals to go along with his pair of assists. Oscar Klefbom finished second in scoring for the Oilers in that series with two goals and an assist.
Edmonton had home-ice advantage, but it was the Sharks who jumped out to a 1-0 series lead in Game 1. The Oilers watched a two-goal lead vanish and Melker Karlsson lifted the Sharks in OT.
Cam Talbot proceeded to notch two straight shutouts in Games 2 and 3 and the Oilers took a 2-1 series lead. Edmonton won 2-0 in Game 2 at home and then blanked the Sharks 1-0 in Game 3 at the SAP Center.
The Sharks drew even in Game 4 with a 7-0 rout of the Oilers. Lessons were learned, and Edmonton bounced back with a thrilling overtime win in Game 5. After Patrick Maroon scored to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead in the first, the Sharks scored three straight to take a commanding 3-1 lead late into the second.
Mark Letestu began the comeback and Oscar Klefbom scored the clutch equalizer with 2:46 remaining to send it to overtime. David Desharnais, who also set up the game-tying marker, potted the overtime winner at 18:15 of the extra frame to life Edmonton to a 4-3 win and push the Sharks to the brink of elimination.
In Game 6, the Oilers were given their first chance to close out the series and they did just that. Leon Draisaitl received an excellent pass from defenceman Adam Larsson and streaked up the ice, shielding the puck from the defender. The big centre went five-hole on Martin Jones to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead in the second. Less than a minute later, Anton Slepyshev scored to put the Oilers up 2-0. Patrick Marleau would make things interesting in the third, but Connor McDavid's empty-netter sealed the 3-1 victory and the clinch of the series.
The Ducks swept the team just south of the Oilers, beating the Calgary Flames in four games. Ryan Getzlaf paced the Ducks with five points (3-2-5) through the series' four games. John Gibson saw action between the pipes in all four of those contests and had a 2.60 GAA and .926 save percentage.