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

The Edmonton Oilers are confident going into Game 3 Sunday night at Rogers Place thanks to a 2-0 series lead over the Anaheim Ducks and Cam Talbot's outstanding play. We can't really stress on what happened last night or what happened in Game 2 (2-1 Oilers win in which they were outshot 40-23).

Now, the Ducks face a 2-0 deficit to the Oilers in the second round, heading to Edmonton with reasons for cautious optimism.

Cam Talbot (6-2, .934 SV% / 2.03 GAA / 2 SO) will get the start tonight for Edmonton, while John Gibson (3-2, .915 SV% / 2.76 GAA) will go for the Ducks. "The back breaker came 25 seconds in".

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Three goals in less than 12 minutes of the first period had given the Ducks a big lead and life in a playoff series in which they had lost the first two games at home. Edmonton had won the first two games in Anaheim. He made outstanding saves and proved to be a force for the Ducks. "We take this one, learn from what we did right and wrong and get ready for the next one".

"Discipline is something we talked about". We've been a good bounce-back team all year.

An empty-netter by Draisaitl gave the Oilers the 5-3 win, in a game that was equally unfortunate and foreboding for the Ducks.

After stopping 39 of 40 shots in Game 2 on Friday, Talbot gave up goals on two of the first three shots he saw Sunday.

Five minutes later, Jakob Silfverberg scored his fifth goal of the playoffs to extend the lead to two. Former Duck Patrick Maroon, who scored the game-winning tally on the power play Friday, has no trouble in that regard after setting career highs in both goals (27) and points (42) to go along with personal bests in rating (plus-13) and games played (81). "That doesn't mean that we don't want him scoring goals".

So Anaheim has a choice now for Game 2. We have to forget about the last two games. Perhaps that's why the Ducks' second straight loss at home barely caused a flicker of apparent concern in their calm dressing room.

"We scored early, and that might have forced them to open up a little bit", McDavid said.

"We might even be a better spot, but we have to respond". Two goals that largely silenced a sellout Honda Center crowd showed that they've got a lot of work ahead of them.

"They did a good job of putting pucks on net and getting second, third chances from that. In the playoffs, it's just as important and maybe even more important to prevent a goal as it is to score one".

The Oilers, remember, looked like they were losing grip of their opening-round series with San Jose when they got destroyed 7-0 in Game 4.

Anaheim gradually turned the period in its favor, but couldn't score.

"Probably one of the best passers in the league, too", Maroon said.

It took a couple of fortunate bounces off the net and a timely clearance off the goal line to keep the game from going into overtime.

Though Draisaitl won't acknowledge it, part of the reason for his production against the Ducks likely comes from the decision to play him on the wing with centre Connor McDavid this season.

Sami Vatanen, who is recovering from upper body injury is doubtful of returning to the lineup.

Kerdiles was brought to Edmonton as an extra forward in case another had to be scratched due to illness or injury. Jared Boll replaced him, appearing in the fourth playoff game of his 10-year National Hockey League career.