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Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan referenced the Oilers ability to rebound in Round 1

by Paul Gazzola /

After dropping Game 3 by a score of 6-3 on Sunday, Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan noted how his team feels the urgency to respond in their Round 2 series against the Anaheim Ducks.

"We've got to recover here just as we did in the San Jose series," said McLellan. "We're in the exact same spot."

In Round 1 against the Sharks, the Oilers suffered a 7-0 loss in Game 4 at SAP Center. With the win, San Jose tied the series 2-2 but the Oilers rebounded accordingly, taking Games 5 and 6 to advance in the playoffs.

"Although it feels a little more like doom and gloom - I don't know if that's from the way we played or if that's the feel I get from the line of questioning that I'm answering - but we're in the exact same spot as we were in San Jose and we answered that with a 7-0 blowout, so we may even be in a better spot but we've got to respond."

In the end, McLellan believes it comes down to limiting his squad's lapses.

"We've got to limit the amount of mistakes that we make," McLellan said. "We've got to be prepared to start again. We're learning lessons as we go."

The Oilers and Ducks are set to play Game 4 on Wednesday at Rogers Place.

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