Ducks hammer Oilers in Game 3, get first win in series

Edmonton pointed out goal totals don't carry over in a playoff series, Talbot rebounded in Games 5 and 6, and the Oilers showed they were to be taken seriously.

Everything changed quickly at a sold-out Honda Center. They're hoping to not put all the work on Talbot when they host the Ducks in game three Sunday night.

McDavid's highlight-reel score past Ducks goalie John Gibson at 8:40 of the second pulled the Oilers into a 3-3 tie. Jordan Eberle's wrist shot deflected off of Maroon's right skate and past Gibson with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins drawing the secondary assist. Historically, the Oilers are 19-0 when leading a playoff series 2-0. It's a long climb. "We were bad all over the ice and got beat all over the ice".

The quiet confidence Talbot has manufactured along his journey from NY backup to Edmonton starter permeates the Oiler room at home and on the road. "Even if he has an off night, we can always count on him to bounce back and be terrific and I think that speaks to his character and the kind of guy he is". We expected a good game and they delivered. That wasn't the backbreaker. "The backbreaker was the 25 seconds in".

Perry also had an assist in Game 4 against the Flames but has not recorded a point since. Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler increased the Anaheim lead in the third period.

Rakell, who snuck in behind Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera, went in along on goalie Cam Talbot and scored the fastest goal by a Ducks player from the start of the game in their playoff history.

The series remains in Edmonton for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Even with a two-goal lead, the best moment of the period had to have been the TV broadcast cutting to the "lucky" concourse ticket holders looking shocked in disbelief.

The second-round series between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks finally got chippy on Sunday, but one player might've crossed a big line. "But they are a good hockey team and everyone knows that".

Slepyshev made it a one-goal game 88 seconds after the break, batting in a loose puck in off the shoulder of defenseman Theodore, and McDavid tied the score seven minutes later after spinning away from defenseman Sami Vatanen at the top of the left faceoff circle. The Ducks didn't give up a third-period goal during their entire first-round sweep of Calgary before getting shredded by the Oilers.

Wagner got the Ducks back in front as he took a shot from the right circle that Talbot tried to make a stick save on but saw the puck deflect inward behind him. Rakell sneaked behind Edmonton's defense and corralled a long pass from Getzlaf for a breakaway. We started the game the way we wanted to start it.

"Everyone has talked about experience heading into the first round and the playoffs". Thats the way it should be, Edmonton's offensive star matched up with Anaheim's best defensive forward.

The Oilers are into the second round for the first time since 2006.

"We came out and executed properly, got rewarded", he said.

"He's just the rock back there for us", captain Connor McDavid said.

Fresh off winning a case of San Jose beer from Mayor Sam Liccardo after the Oilers won their playoff series against the Sharks, Iveson has upped the stakes for his next opponent.

Notes: Vatanen drew into Anaheim's lineup for the first time in the playoffs.

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