Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ducks light up Cam Talbot to defeat Oilers

Talbot made 39 saves and Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal as Edmonton moved halfway to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim in Game 2 of their second-round series on Friday night. He also picked up shutouts in the Oilers' first two wins over San Jose in the opening round, jump-starting their postseason run.

But the Ducks will have to find a way to make the Oilers chase them instead of the other way around. McDavid has responded well, considering this is his first ever taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I mean, we scored one goal tonight. Game 3 is going to be a good game and we'd better be ready to play".

It turns out the Oilers' young star might not have been bluffing. 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. Chris Wagner restored Anaheim's lead midway through the second period after the Oilers tied the game 3-3.

Despite his team's apparent lack of big-game bona fides, the kid captain says his team is uniquely built for this moment. People are hard on us.

"He says that a lot, just so you know", said Getzlaf, surrounded by TV cameras and reporters after the morning skate. "But now I think everyone in this room is so comfortable in these types of situations". "There's ups and downs and there's different things".

"It was just like the game was being played there", Bob Nicholson, the chief executive of the Oilers Entertainment Group, said Thursday about the fast ticket sales. Four of the team's top five scorers during the regular season entered the playoffs without a lick of playoff ice time.

"We didn't panic or anything".

Larsson scored just four goals in his first 85 games this season, but the Swedish defenseman improbably got two goals in 7 1/2 minutes.

This might be the franchise's first playoff appearance in 11 years, but Edmonton has faced adversity already this spring.

"We have to come out here and play a much more disciplined game against a team that's going to play their best game of the series", said Talbot. Ryan Ellis scored for the second game in a row to break the ice, extending his point streak to six games. That's when McDavid learned a lesson that should serve him well the rest of his career. "That shouldn't change your game very much, doesn't change our game very much". "We did a good job battling back to tie it up, but ultimately we definitely didn't deserve to win that one".

The odds are certainly still in the Oilers favour, despite the less than stellar overall showing in Game 3.

But the Oilers don't care about their opponents' playoff pedigrees. Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, who lost for the first time on the road this postseason. "You guys will believe me one day", McDavid said after the Game 1 win at Honda Center. If they can fit back in, it gives the Ducks a huge advantage.

"It's nice", McDavid said of the 2-0 lead. "You couldn't even shorten the bench - there were that many (players) that were erring on a consistent basis".

Just give these playoff neophytes a chance, and they just might shock the world. "We're happy to have him on our team, but he's been doing it all year". I keep saying that.

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