Good First Impressions
Four points from Leon Draisaitl helped Edmonton seal the deal against Anaheim on Wednesday night. While Draisaitl's night was certainly a memorable one (1-3-4), Adam Larsson's go-ahead goal might be the play of the game. Larsson's game winner was carried from his own end behind Ducks goaltender John Gibson. Larsson then put the puck in front of the net where it bounced off Josh Manson's skate into the net.
The Oilers did something that no other team had been able to do in over a month, and that's defeat the Ducks in regulation. They'll try to pull it off for the second straight night.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"I think we kept our poise pretty good and that obviously paid off for us"Source
That's Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson on Edmonton's game 1 victory in Anaheim.
Poise? Having a two goal game is a great first step to helping your team win a game 1 on the road. I encourage this sort of thing.
The opponents are saying
"In reality, we really couldn't think we were going to win every game...We've had so much success...Sometimes things aren't going to go your way every night."
That's Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle on the end of his team's month-long streak.
Anaheim powered back from a 3-1 deficit to make it 3-3, but a go-ahead goal from Adam Larsson and an empty-netter from Leon Draisaitl helped the Oilers cap a 5-3 game 1.
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