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Western Conference Semi-Finals Game 5: Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks Game Preview

Controversy surrounds game 4, but 'best of three' begins tonight at Honda Center

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports



2-2 Series 2-2

8:30 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet (AB)
Radio - 630 CHED
Honda Center

The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Drake CaggiulaMark LetestuZack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Anton Slepyshev


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Tied At 2

Just 45 seconds in overtime, Jakob Silfverberg scored his seventh goal of the playoffs to seal the deal for Anaheim.  Just seconds prior to Silfverberg's game winner, an icing was waived off as Oscar Klefbom outraced Silfverberg to the puck.  Adam Larsson had a crucial giveaway to Ryan Getzlaf, who served the puck up on a platter for Silfverberg.  Silfverberg rocketed one past Cam Talbot, and it's a new ball game.

There was some cantankerousness in Oil Country after this one.  A controversial goal was allowed while Cam Talbot was interfered with by Corey Perry.  The icing call late in the game.  Perhaps if one of those had changed, the outcome would have?  Likely, but it's back to square one tonight for a crucial game 5 in Anaheim.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom.

The away team has won every game so far this series.  Edmonton looks to continue this trend tonight.

The opponents are saying

That's Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Sports quotes are often filled with non-content and fluff, but Getzlaf is bang on here with Silfverberg.  Silfverberg has five goals and one assist in four games this series versus Edmonton.  It'll do.

Have some of this

  • If you're going to go, go big.  If you're going to score your first career goal, doing it with less than two minutes in regulation with the goalie pulled is a hell of a way to step into the light.  That's exactly what Drake Caggiula did to make it 3-3 late in the third.
  • EBERLE: Jordan Eberle is taking it from every angle after last game.  A handful of folks have called his play on the first Duck goal 'soft'.  Derek has a breakdown of the goal and why it happened right here.
  • Connor McDavid scored a beauty for the Oilers last game, his second game in a row with a goal and his seventh point (4-3-7) in the playoffs.
  • We're already this far.
  • Cam Talbot (6-4, .916 SV% / 2.62 GAA / 2 SO) will get the start tonight for Edmonton, while John Gibson (5-2, .911 SV% / 2.82 GAA) will go for the Ducks.
  • Deep breaths.