Cam Talbot made 39 saves, Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and the Edmonton Oilers moved halfway to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their second-round series Friday night.
On Sunday, with the Ducks' playoff hopes in the balance after having lost the first two games of their second-round series at home to the Edmonton Oilers, Silfverberg and his linemates fulfilled their mission at both ends of the ice.
Larsson got the victor when he skated behind the net and threw it in front. "I mean, he's just one of those guys that finds a way every night". Patrick Eaves scored his second goal of the playoffs at 9:09 on a rebound off a Brandon Montour shot, and Jakob Silfverberg converted a goalmouth scramble for his third goal of the postseason.
"We obviously have to be way better".
Ryan Getzlaf registered a goal and an assist for the Ducks, and Ryan Kesler added two assists. More of the same is expected in Game 2, which is Friday (10:30 p.m. ET).
"It's a long series", McDavid said.
"The first two periods, I didn't do much at all", Draisaitl said of his Game 1 efforts. Historically, the Oilers are 19-0 when leading a playoff series 2-0.
"We had all the momentum, we just tied the game and a shot like that goes in", said a clearly frustrated Talbot.
Edmonton challenged it for being offside, but the goal stood upon review. "We're taking a lot of shots, but he's a good goalie, so we've got to make sure to push him back in the net and get in front of him".
Talbot led the National Hockey League in games and saves during the regular season and tied for the most wins. "I don't think it changes dramatically, their game plan will continue to be the same".
Lindholm was on the ice for 2:21, a stretch that ended with Patrick Eaves taking a hooking penalty that the Ducks killed, one of three advantages they neutralized in compiling a flawless penalty-killing performance for the first time in seven playoff games.
"He was skating between periods, and looked pretty darn good, so I would say we're going to count on him", said MeLellan.
The Ducks inherited a power play when the second period started, thanks to a hooking penalty by Anton Slepyshev, and Getzlaf didn't let the chance slip away.
Edmonton won twice in the Honda Center to kick off the matchup. His shot was going wide but Cam Talbot misplayed it. He ended the regular season with a goal and two points in five games in April and failed to record a point till Game 3 against the Calgary Flames in the first round.
One of Nashville's key strengths in Round 1, when they swept the Chicago Blackhawks, was Pekka Rinne, who earned two shutouts and allowed just three goals in that four-game series-good for a.976 save percentage.
Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa injured his knee during the first period, colliding with a teammate.
McDavid spun and cut back to lose defender Sami Vatanen and rifle a shot over Gibson's left elbow to pull the Oilers even at 8:40 of the second period.
Defenceman Kris Russell had a pair of assists for the Oilers, who took Game 1 of the series 5-3 and Game 2 by a score of 2-1. The top line, featruing Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, was able to get on the ice at times against the Ducks' fourth line, and Draisaitl drew a penalty against Logan Shaw that way, but a sharp Ducks penalty kill defused that. "They are going to want to come back and steal a couple from us, so we are going to have to ramp up our game a little bit more and come ready to play on Sunday".