The Edmonton Oilers moved to 2-0 against the Ducks with a 2-1 victory on the road Friday night in Game 2. They were backstopped by a tremendous performance from Cam Talbot between the pipes. Here are three things to take from the game.
1. TALBOT SUPERB
Cam Talbot has been one of the Oilers top performers in these playoffs. Friday night, the goaltender was at his best, stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced against the Ducks. Talbot is now 5-1 in his last six games against Anaheim, dating back to the regular season.
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"Based on all my years of watching the playoffs, often your goaltender ends up being one of your top two or three players when it's all said and done and Talbs was number one tonight," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
Since the Oilers Game 4 setback in Round One, Talbot has a .940 save percentage - turning away 126 of 134 shots against.
Talbot's 39 saves against Anaheim rank among the most made by an Oilers goalie in their franchise history, behind the likes of Bill Ranford, Curtis Joseph and Grant Fuhr himself.
Read our In Depth on Talbot's journey to becoming one of the busiest netminders in the League this season.
2. SURPRISE SCORERS
The Oilers depth and defence has come up big for Edmonton this post-season. Surprise heroes like David Desharnais, Zack Kassian, Adam Larsson and Anton Slepyshev have jumped up to provide offence in key moments.
Tonight, Andrej Sekera joined the list.
The defenceman fired a shot past John Gibson at 1:05 of the opening frame to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. Sekera's goal was his first since March 23, in a game versus Colorado during the regular season.
McLellan said Sekera's goal was a big one because it took the energy out of the building for a bit.
3. THE LEAD COMES HOME
The Oilers have taken a 2-0 lead on the road in a series for the fifth time in their franchise history. Edmonton looks to take a 3-0 lead on the Ducks when the series shifts home to Rogers Place on Sunday.
Even with home-ice advantage, McLellan and his squad are taking things game-by-game and moment-by-moment.
"We have an opportunity to win Game 3, that's it," said McLellan. "When you start thinking big picture, up or down, you're in trouble. We haven't been up 2-0 in a series so it's a new experience for us."