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

Anaheim Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Kesler and Nic Kerdiles wait for caps to be cleaned up after Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl scored a hat trick during the second period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in E

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

The Ducks have really been the aggressor in recent games and I expect that to continue. I thought we played pretty good in the overtime.

"Well, I don't know if there is a recipe. We believe we are a great team and can play with anybody".

The Oilers were the first playoff team to score five goals in the first period since 2010. In the world of the National Hockey League this results in a very clear - open and shut case - of "Your own damn fault" for the official.

While Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was vulnerable in the third period Saturday night, he has had a solid playoff performance this year. The official feels good about his initial call and calls it a good goal. They were screaming about what Kesler did while he was on the ice.

"Guy falls on the goalie and wraps his hand around the goalie's pad", Lucic said. Obviously Kesler was pushed in, there's no doubt about that, but we have a strong belief that he had wrapped his arm around Talbot's leg. He confirmed the Nurse push and that was enough. And yet here we are. The Oilers don't always get it right for entire games but they were in control on Friday until they became worn down physically and couldn't fend off the more experienced Ducks. I have a lot of belief in our staff here that they're going to do everything in their power to make sure I'm good when I come back. I'm not there. Not yet.

There were only two emotions left for the Oilers. Not only did he fail to contribute a point during Edmonton's blistering start in Game 6, he finished the night without a point. The club has to channel all of that frustrated energy into more positive play. Not only were they stumbling through a three-game losing streak and facing elimination on home ice, they were coming into Game 6 on the heels of a borderline historic last-minute meltdown on Friday night. He did so by putting up a hat trick and two assists, in the Oilers' 7-1 beat down of the Anaheim Ducks. "He's been the difference in this series for us", forward Andrew Cogliano said after the game. So far the Oilers have been pushed around by the Ducks in terms of possession.

The Oilers made a big mistake in letting Game 5 get away. For 56:40 that was fine for an Oiler team trying to play in a defensive shell.

As he sat on the bench staring glumly, Connor McDavid came up behind him, gave him a pat and said, "Come on, let's go". The confidence was so high and the focus on Russell toughing it out through an apparent brain injury was so strong that TSN's Ryan Rishaug took the time to shut down the people (mainly bloggers) who were concerned about the shot attempts and zone entry/exit problems that were pointing to danger. They were still down 3-0 with five minutes to play, but somehow rallied.

Yes, they have one of the best players in the world.

This could be the final game of the season.

Sekera and Klefbom didn't take the optional skate this morning but both Reinhart and Fayne were there. Andrej Sekera is out for the series. The Oilers had Draisaitl down the middle and it worked well. The Oilers have other options, but this is most in line with their previous choices.

"The biggest thing is the emotional side of things is heightened", Benning said.

Each game is its own individual entity and the Ducks want that to remain true. "But it's a race to four, and they've only got three".

It was a comeback for the hockey ages: Anaheim erased a 3-0 deficit with three minutes left in regulation and then completed the job in double-overtime. There is no path to success that doesn't involve keeping those two out of the game.

"I think everyone is aware of their history but it's a new series, a new year, a new playoff run", said Draisaitl.

Talbot described how he was unable to get back up after trying to handle Fowler's initial wild shot, but was a bit more diplomatic in his overall assessment of the shocking loss, pointing to the first goal that initially looked to be nothing more than window dressing. It's time for Lucic to make an impact 5v5. He now has 10 goals and 20 points against them in 10 games, and four of his goals have been game-winners. Every single battle in this game has to be contested by the Oilers.

Puck drops tonight at 5PM Mountain Time on Sportsnet.

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