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McLellan and Larsson talk about how the Oilers were able to recover from losing a 3-1 lead in the third period

by Marc Ciampa /

When the Anaheim Ducks scored to pull even at 3-3 in the third period, it was their second goal in 1:25 and not too long after the Oilers had scored two in 1:40 to take a two-goal lead at 3-1. 

With the game potentially spiralling out of control and the home team gaining a ton of momentum, the Oilers called a goaltender interference challenge on the third Anaheim goal. It did wonders to help the team settle down and ultimately pull out the win but Oilers head coach Todd McLellan did say that the reason for calling the challenge was that he felt he could get the goal overruled. 

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"It gave us a little bit of time to regroup and talk about things. The coach's challenge has that affect sometimes. But it was a legitimate challenge and we thought it would affect the outcome of the call," he said. 

"Those two goals came pretty quick, there was energy back in the building," McLellan continued, adding that he was glad the team was able to take a deep breath and get all four lines rested up for the remaining eight minutes and change. 

Adam Larsson talked about stemming the Ducks momentum after that tying goal. 

"They were down 3-1 and they had to make a push and they did and got rewarded for it," he said. "I thought we kept it pretty calm on the bench the whole way. Obviously you never want to get it to even again when you're up 3-1 but we didn't panic, just stuck with it and I thought that paid off in the end, too. When we're playing calm and relaxed, that's when we're playing our best."

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