The Anaheim Ducks steadied to get back into their National Hockey League playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers, while the Nashville Predators edged ahead. "We want to try and take care of our building as much as we can - try and get the split and go into Game 3 over there". Jaden Schwartz started the play with a pass that deflected off the skate of Joel Edmundson directly onto Tarasenko's stick, and he blasted a shot past goalie Pekka Rinne.
Andrej Sekera also scored for Edmonton, which also won the first two games on the road in the 2006 Western Conference Finals against Anaheim.
"We had an opportunity to get up mid-series against San Jose, and we obviously didn't perform very well", McLellan said. "That's not normally what he does for us". He posted consecutive shutouts in the first round against San Jose and almost picked up another versus the Ducks.
"At times, our maturity has been underestimated", Letestu said.
So Anaheim has a choice now for Game 2. Anaheim had built up a three-goal lead less than 12 minutes in and needed only six shots to do so. That will likely include more screens and traffic in front of the net, where Talbot will need help to keep his field of vision clear.
Leon Draisaitl contributed an empty-net goal and three assists, and Cam Talbot made 33 saves for the Oilers.
Oilers coach Todd McLellan called Talbot the team's "hero" in Game 2 but said the rest of his group would need to elevate their game in Game 3. "They are going to find you at some point and that's what they did tonight". LW Nick Ritchie, who missed Game 2 with an illness, returned for Game 3. The Ducks promptly sprung to life and attacked the net, with Eaves flipping home a rebound 85 seconds before Silfverberg tied it with his own rebound goal.
St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko reacts after scoring the go-ahead goal, his second of the game, in the third period against the Nashville Predators during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Friday, April 28, 2017, in St. Louis.
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If the Oilers win, Tait will hang a poster from the tourism agency Explore Edmonton in his city hall, encouraging Anaheim residents to visit North America's most northern metropolis.
"I think we park it and move on".
Letestu scored his second power-play goal with 13:37 to play before Larsson put the Oilers up 3-1.
Anaheim drew to within 2-1 on Silfverberg's power-play goal, his fourth goal of the playoffs, at 15:34 of the second period.
"We're going to learn from it", Silfverberg said. We've been a good bounce-back team all year.
After steamrolling through the Calgary Flames in the first round, the Ducks quickly dropped their first two games of the postseason to fall into an 0-2 hole to Edmonton. Vatanen was in Anaheim's lineup for the first time in the playoffs.
Edmonton dominated the period and carried a 23-16 shot advantage heading into the final frame.
Kevin Bieksa remains sidelined due to lower body injury.
All anyone could talk about before Game 1 of the match-up between the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers was how they were planning on defending against superstar Connor McDavid.