By Michael Walters
The Ducks started a back-to-back weekend against the Edmonton Oilers. John Gibson got his first start in net since March 10th against the St. Louis Blues. Cam Talbot went in net for Edmonton.
The Edmonton Oilers opened the game on the attack and John Gibson was forced to make several saves to keep the game scoreless early on. Eventually, the Oilers would break through late in the period as Connor McDavid scored when Gibson was screened by three Ducks players. The Ducks were outshot 14-4 in the first period and trailed 1-0.
The Ducks would get on the board when they went on the power play. Matt Hendricks was called for high sticking against Kevin Bieksa. Ryan Getzlaf would blast a puck from just inside the blue line that would beat Cam Talbot over the shoulder. The Ducks played a much stronger period and were even in shots at 10 apiece with Edmonton.
Third Period and Overtime
Ryan Kesler had a chance to give the Ducks the lead early in the period on a 2-on-1 but ended up hitting the post. In the middle of the period, the Ducks would take the lead when the Ducks went on the power again and were able to convert again. Patrick Eaves was able to get open at the side of the net for an easily tap in goal. Everything looked good for the Ducks until later in the period. The Oilers would get a power play when Antoine Vermette was called for a question hooking penalty. Milan Lucic would score on the power play and the game would go to overtime. Just over a minute into overtime, Leon Draisaitl would score to give the Oilers the comeback lead.
The Ducks play the Calgary Flames tonight at 6 PM PT.
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April 2nd, 2017