Last night in Edmonton, it looked like it was the late eighties again. The memories of Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Glenn Anderson were flying around the ice as the Oilers laid an ass whooping on the Ducks. The final score of 7-1 had hints of the Oilers teams of the late eighties that won 4 consecutive Stanley Cups. Leon Draisaitl ended the night with 3 goals and 2 assists, for his first career playoff hat trick. Center Mark Letestu walked away with 2 goals and 2 assists. Surprisingly, Connor McDavid didn’t register a single point in the game. Goalie Cam Talbot stopped 34 pucks for Edmonton. At the other end of the ice, John Gibson was pulled in the first period after allowing 3 goals on 6 shots. Backup Jonathan Bernier had 25 saves for the Ducks.
“I wasn’t very good,” Gibson said. “I have to come up with a couple of saves and maybe it’s different, maybe it’s not. As it went on they kind of took it to us, it wasn’t our best. I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be and I kind of let them down.”
The Oilers scored 5 of their goals in the first period. The record for most playoff goals in a period is 6, which is owned by Edmonton. After such an explosive first period, things began to get chippy between the two teams. At the 16:50 mark in the third period, there was a bit of an altercation that saw Milan Lucic get 2 minutes for roughing and a game misconduct. Josh Manson, Patrick Maroon, and Ryan Kesler were also given game misconduct penalties.
The play of the game had to be Draisaitl’s third goal of the night. In their offensive zone, along the right boards, Mark Letestu passed to Draisaitl as he was rushing the center of the zone. Draisaitl then passed to Milan Lucic on the left boards, who immediately passed back to Draisaitl, and he buried the one-timer for the hat trick.
“He stepped up big,” Oilers forward Milan Lucic said. “We needed someone to step up, and he’s stepped up like he has all season long. He came up huge for us when we needed it the most.
Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Anaheim. The Ducks have been eliminated in game 7s, at home, the past 4 years. Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom is expected to return to the team for game 7.
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