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GAME STORY: Ducks 4, Oilers 3 (OT) - Game 4

The Ducks got four points from Ryan Getzlaf and an overtime goal from Jakob Silfverberg to take Game 4 by a score of 4-3, tying the series at 2-2

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB -- Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf had a four-point night and Jakob Silfverberg scored 45 seconds into overtime to put the Ducks past the Oilers 4-3 in Game 4 and tie the series at 2-2.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Game 4 Recap

Drake Caggiula tallied the first playoff goal of his career at 18:18 of the third period to tie the game up at 3-3 after the Ducks scored three unanswered in the second frame to overthrow a two-goal Oilers lead. The series now heads back to Anaheim where the Oilers won Games 1 and 2.

"That's the game of hockey," said Caggiula. "Momentum can change in one given play and it's unfortunate the way it ended but we're tied 2-2, we're heading to Anaheim where we were successful last time and hopefully we can keep it going."

Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon had two assists each. Milan Lucic, Connor McDavid and Caggiula were the goal scorers and Cam Talbot made 35 saves in the overtime loss. With the two consecutive losses, no team has won at home so far in the best-of-seven series.

"It's obviously a road series," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "We'll take the road-ice advantage, I think that's what we get back now."

Getzlaf was instrumental in the Ducks' victory, recording two goals and two assists to become Anaheim's all-time leader in playoff goals with 36.

"I can say anything I want in the dressing room but I got to go out and live it," said Getzlaf. "I tried to do that in the second period and the group went along with it and kept playing."

Video: EDM Recap: Oilers rally to force OT but lose Game 4

It was the Oilers - not the Ducks - who came out flying in the opening period of Game 4, looking to exact some revenge for their Game 3 loss. Edmonton registered the first three shots on goal and tilted the ice in their favour with a number of scoring chances. Ducks' netminder John Gibson was up to task, though, thwarting Edmonton's offensive looks - including a sequence that saw McDavid stickhandle, wait, then toe-drag around Josh Manson, releasing a wrist shot that Gibson was able to get enough of to keep from going in.

McDavid later stripped the puck from a Ducks player and passed it to Maroon on the Ducks' doorstep. The puck hit Maroon's skate and Gibson was able to make a dashing paddle save. Gibson had eight saves through the first 11 minutes of play but couldn't keep the door shut, as the Oilers - after killing two penalties of their own - scored on their first power play of the night.

Anaheim got called for too many men at 15:20 of the first, with Nick Ritchie serving the penalty. The puck was on Draisaitl's stick along the half wall and he sent a pass cross-ice that was broken up by Ryan Kesler. The puck crawled towards the Ducks' net and Lucic was in front to scoop it up and deposit it home to open the scoring for the Oilers at 15:38. The assists went to Draisaitl and Mark Letestu.

McDavid then added the next one for Edmonton at 17:43. Draisaitl passed to the Oilers captain on a 2-on-1, who attempted to give it back but the puck hit Shea Theodore's skate and came back to McDavid. The sophomore fired it into a wide-open cage as Gibson was caught off guard. The goal was McDavid's fourth of the post-season while Draisaitl picked up his second assist of the period.

"We carried the pace in the first period and that's a good sign," said McDavid.

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Anaheim scored three unanswered in the second frame, with Getzlaf prompting the comeback.

His first goal of two came just 1:37 into the middle period. Anaheim's captain corralled the puck at the top of the left circle and fired a wrist shot blocker side on Talbot. As the shot was coming towards the netminder, Corey Perry's skate collided with Talbot's right skate. McLellan used his coach's challenge on the play, looking for a goalie interference call. The call on the ice would stand, however, with Getzlaf scoring his sixth of the post-season. Brandon Montour recorded the only assist for his fourth point of the playoffs.

"I try to play with integrity, not flop and dive, and I don't get the call," said Talbot. "I don't know what else to do on that one - he clearly hits my blocker and my pad."

Rickard Rakell scored the Ducks' second of the game to even things up at 2-2. Letestu broke up the cycle behind the Oilers net, but the puck squirted out to Getzlaf at the post. He made a quick pass to Rakell who swiftly sent it past Talbot at 5:33.

Getzlaf scored after Sami Vatanen fed Rakell in the slot, releasing a one-timer that Talbot was able to kick out. The puck fell on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' stick but just before he could clear it to safety, Getzlaf chopped at his blade. The hack surprised Talbot and beat him, giving Getzlaf his third point of the night and the Ducks a 3-2 lead.

The Oilers pushed back throughout the third period - outshooting Anaheim 11-7 - but wouldn't be rewarded for their play until under two minutes remained. With the Oilers net empty and following a power play, Caggiula took space in front of the Ducks' net and was able to whack a rebound top shelf to send the game into overtime. Nugent-Hopkins and Maroon filed their third and fourth assists of the post-season on the play, respectively.

Just 45 seconds into overtime, Silfverberg was wide open on Talbot's right side. He received a pass from Getzlaf and wired a shot to win the game.  

"We come to practice tomorrow and we put together a plan for Game 3," said McLellan. "It's tied 2-2 with two great teams playing pretty hard hockey. We'll get back at it."

Game 5 will be played Friday night in Anaheim. The puck drops at 8:30 PM MDT.

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