HASH(0xbf2b54)

Bad first period start hurts Ducks in loss to Oilers to force Game 7

Bad start costs Ducks in Game 6 loss to Oilers

EDMONTON — Ryan Getzlaf pointed out exactly to when things started to go wrong in the Anaheim Ducks’ 7-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

“The puck drop,” he said.

Ducks goalie John Gibson allowed three goals on his first six shots and the Oilers never looked back, sending the series to a seventh and deciding game back in Anaheim on Wednesday.

“I wasn’t very good,” Gibson said. “I have to come up with a couple of saves and maybe it’s different, maybe it’s not. As it went on they kind of took it to us, it wasn’t our best. I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be and I kind of let them down.”

Jonathan Bernier allowed the remaining four goals and finished with 25 saves.

It was a major momentum shift from Game 5 on Friday, when the Ducks pulled off a miracle in the dying minutes and erased a 3-0 deficit with three goals while Gibson was on the bench for an extra attacker, sending the game to double overtime and an eventual 4-3 Ducks win.

But Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said it isn’t the 7-1 score that mattered in Game 6, just the result.

“It could have been 20-to-1, really. It doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s good we have two days to regroup. I think there are a few guys who need to do some soul searching, including myself.

“We need to collectively bring our game up, not the same guys over and over again.”

Getzlaf, who was held off the scoresheet after recording 10 points in the first five games of the series, said the Ducks have faced adversity against the Oilers earlier in this round when they trailed Edmonton 2-0 to start the series, but found a way to fight back from it then, and can again.

“It’s the same as we did after Game 2,” he said. “We lost the first two games at home, both obviously devastating losses. It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says, in the playoffs, a loss is a loss and it doesn’t really matter. We need to respond the same way we did then. We dealt with that accordingly and have dealt with things really well along the way.

“We’ll be counting on that for Game 7.”

The Ducks recent playoff history doesn’t point in their favour, however. In each of the last four seasons, Anaheim was able to grab 3-2 leads, only to then lose Game 6 on the road and then return home to also lose out in Game 7.

“I look at it that it’s not the same group. I wasn’t here, so don’t pin any of the Game 7’s on me,” chuckled Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, who returned for his second stint with the team at the start of this season. “It’s a different group, and we’re going to approach it as we do every game, with a game plan. We’re not afraid to go into our building and play a solid hockey game.”

Added Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler: “We fought for home ice in the playoffs for a specific reason and we need to go back and use it to our advantage.”

As recently as last season, the Ducks lost the first two games of their series with Nashville at home before rallying to win the next three contests. They then lost Game 6 and 7 to drop the series.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

School’s on today, more snow expected across Greater Victoria

Environment Canada says more snow could fall Friday

Crown asks for more time in Oak Bay murder of young sisters

They will reconvene in three weeks to set a date for Andrew Berry’s murder trial to begin

Foot found near Victoria belonged to missing Washington man

No foul play suspected in death of Stanley Okumoto, 79

Snow cancels, alters transit routes across Greater Victoria

Buses will not be stopping on steep hills, says BC Transit

Central Saanich property taxes may rise 2.97 per cent

Higher police costs due to new CRD dispatch

Light snow leads to heavy traffic in Victoria

Wednesday’s snowfall caused traffic chaos as commuters tried to get home

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Three new judges appointed to B.C. Supreme Court

Two spots filled in Vancouver, one in New Westminster

BCHL Today: Merritt’s Buckley nets scholarship and Vees slam Salmon Arm

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

B.C. MP invites convicted terrorist to Trudeau reception in India

Jaspal Atwal was convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Women’s ice hockey team loses first Olympic game in 20 years

Team Canada added two silvers and a bronze to their total

‘You just don’t know when someone has a challenge’

Wounded Warriors Run BC spreads awareness of mental health, hopes to raise $100,000

Canadian support split on Trans Mountain pipeline debate: Poll

Angus Reid poll surveying Canadians on pipeline stance finds no clear winner

Tired of ‘big city life’? One-stoplight town hosts contest to lure in city slickers

Contest by BC Rural Centre hopes to attract city folks to a small town in the Kootenays

Most Read