Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates a goal agains the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates to the bench after scoring the game winning goal over the Edmonton Oilers.

Anaheim fell in the series giving the Oilers a 2-1 series lead, however, the Ducks would win the next game in Edmonton 4-3 in overtime to tie the series.

Now we get Game 7 in Anaheim Wednesday after the Ducks lost their first road game of the playoffs after four straight wins.

However, down three games to two in the series, there is a silver lining for the Oilers: the Ducks have been here before.


In any case, the Blues did well to make the playoffs, reversing fortunes after they fired Ken Hitchcock and replaced him with Mike Yeo, but the most dramatic change was the goaltending of Jake Allen. "If you ask me, that was a desperate group", said Mark Letestu, the Elk Point product and graduate of the Bonnyville Pontiacs who scored two goals and had two assists in playing second banana to Leon Draisaitl's hat-trick and five-point night in the 7-1 win in Game 6.

The stage is set for a fantastic end to an entertaining series but even though the Ducks have the upper hand, they will have to raise their play to another level in Game 6 and possibly Game 7 if they want to avoid the mistakes of their past.

"The big test is coming up", Oilers coach Todd McLellan said.

"We have a lot of character in this room and that shows when we bounce back like that", said Adam Larsson, who played 25 fewer minutes Sunday than he did in Friday's double-overtime loss.

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"But I think it says a lot about how deep our team is that we can come out with an effort like that and score as many goals as we did without our best player contributing on our score sheet", said the native of Elk Point who had never had a four-point game of any ilk before. "It's a matter of win or go home", Getzlaf said.

Of course, the Ducks' focus right now is more team-oriented: don't lose in a Game 7 for the fifth straight season after leading the series 3-2. He gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 5:43 of the second period, getting to the rebound of an Alex Pietrangelo shot from the point below the left faceoff circle and beating Pekka Rinne. Draisaitl also assisted on Letestu's second on a one-timer and Slepyshev's early second-period goal. I thought we played pretty good in the overtime. And I clearly saw that once he was pushed into that area, then it's a whole different scenario. They added two more goals in the remainder of the first to take a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Kassian made it 3-0 just 1:03 after Draisaitl's second goal. Draisaitl had the five-point night, while Letestu was right behind him with four.

With their 4-3 victory over the Oilers, the Ducks now have a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series.

But the spoils were not over there, Corey Perry would score in double overtime almost 30 minutes later with the help of Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed a combined 14 goals in their last three games. In 11 head-to-head matchups this season, he has piled up an 11-10-21 line against the Ducks.


"He's been a horse", said Zack Kassian. The Oilers could barely come to grips with the goals that had put them in the unthinkable position of having played extra hockey in the first place. So, Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart were plugged in to fill the holes. Andrej Sekera was shaken up on a seemingly routine check from Getzlaf with an apparent left leg injury. Oscar Klefbom, who hadn't missed a game this year, gave it a try in warm-ups but couldn't go.


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