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BLOG: Chiarelli on Ducks' late surge

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with the media Saturday morning before the team began their travels home to Edmonton for Game 6. Among the topics he discussed was the late surge of the Anaheim Ducks, which led to Edmonton's 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5.

The game did not end the way the Oilers were hoping, as they watched a 3-0 lead dissipate late. The Ducks scored three goals in the final 3:16 to tie. A goaltender interference challenge went the Ducks' way and Edmonton would lose in double overtime.

"I thought maybe we were on our heels a little bit in the third, but in the last three minutes maybe that was a series of unfortunate events," said Chiarelli.

Anaheim's three goals in the final 3:16 to tie were the latest three scored in NHL playoff history to force overtime or win.

"It was tough," said Chiarelli. "No lead is safe in this League, it's an entertaining League but it's tough to watch. Certainly, I didn't see a real huge momentum change last night. I saw us getting hemmed in the last three minutes and for a number of reasons we couldn't get the puck out. It was a tough loss to take, but in these series anything can happen, as you've seen so we've just got to get back on the horse."

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