By Michael Walters
Just 13 seconds into this contest, a bad turnover led to a Leon Draisailt goal. Draisailt intercepted a Ryan Getzlaf pass and then scored five-hole on Miller. Getzlaf would redeem himself a few minutes later as he kept a play alive in the Edmonton zone. Eventually, the puck would get to Cam Fowler, who then found Rickard Rakell alone at the side of the net for the game-tying score. Anton Slepyshev would add a score later in the period and Edmonton led 2-1 after the first period.
The Ducks got an early power play to start the period and Adam Henrique was able to convert to tie the game. Corey Perry provided a partial screen in front of Montoya, but he didn’t touch the puck. Almost halfway through the period, Ryan Strome scored to give Edmonton the one goal lead again after two periods.
A few minutes into the final period and Strome would score again to give Edmonton a 4-2 lead. With about six minutes to go in the game, Getzlaf would score a unique goal as his slap shot went off an Edmonton player’s back and in. Iiro Pakarinen would score less than two minutes later and the Oilers lead 5-3. The Ducks had a power play and didn’t convert. There were about 90 seconds left in the game and it seemed the Ducks were going to lose in regulation, but Rakell had other plans. He scored two goals in about 13 seconds to tie the game and force overtime.
There was no scoring in the overtime. Getzlaf had a great chance that rang of the post and Miller made a couple of great saves to force the game to a shootout. Edmonton won the shootout battle with Draisailt and Connor McDavid scoring. Rakell had the lone shootout goal for Anaheim.
The night before Anaheim played solid defense against Arizona, but couldn’t score a goal. This game was a complete flip-flop of that. The Ducks scored plenty of goals, but couldn’t stop the Oilers from scoring. The Ducks were able to rally against Edmonton to force overtime, which brought memories of the “Comeback on Katella” from last year’s playoffs. Unfortunately, despite Rakell’s first career hat trick, the Ducks came up short in the shootout.
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February 26th, 2018