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Getzlaf, Silfverberg help Ducks Tie Series

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Captain collects four points, Silfverberg scores winner in overtime


EDMONTON-It’s common for people in hockey circles to say that a team will go as far as their captain will take them. Sometimes, a team’s captain is their best player and when he’s on his game, a team can do damage. The Anaheim Ducks’ captain is their best player and he has led his team to a tied series after being down 0-2.

Ryan Getzlaf had four points in the Ducks’ 4-3 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 Wednesday night that helped Anaheim tie the series at 2-2.


While the finish was great for the Ducks, the start wasn’t so great. The Oilers came out skating in the first period. They pushed the pace and had Anaheim for most of the first.

With 4:22 left in the opening frame, Edmonton would open the scoring on the man advantage.

Leon Draisaitl attempted a cross ice pass to Connor McDavid. Ducks center Ryan Kesler stuck his stick to block the pass. However, the puck hit Kesler’s stick and went straight to Oilers forward Milan Lucic. Lucic, who was parked next to the goal, lifted the puck over Anaheim goalie John Gibson for his second goal of the playoffs.

Just 2:05 later, McDavid would give the home team a 2-0 lead. After a Ducks turnover in the neutral zone, Draisaitl and McDavid came in on a 2-on-1. Draisaitl passed the puck over to McDavid, who tried returning it back.

However, the puck hit Anaheim defenseman Shea Theodore’s skate and came back to McDavid. The Oilers’ captain then fired the puck into a partially open net for his fourth of the postseason.

Edmonton would head to the first intermission with a 2-0 lead and out-shooting the Ducks 16-10.

Things would take a drastic change in the second period.


Only 1:37 into the middle frame, Getzlaf would get his team within one when he scored his sixth goal of the playoffs. The Anaheim captain picked up the puck off the left-wing wall, skated to the top of the left circle and fired a wrist shot past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

Just over four minutes later, the Ducks would tie the game. Edmonton forward Mark Letestu couldn’t corral a loose puck behind his own goal. The puck bounced off his stick and straight to Getzlaf. Getzlaf then sent a cross-crease pass to Rickard Rakell, who buried his fourth of the postseason.

With 5:35 left in the second, the Anaheim captain would give his team the lead. After stoning Rakell in tight, Talbot left a rebound that was corralled by Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Nugent-Hopkins looked to clear the puck, but Getzlaf was right on top of him and swatted the puck past a surprised Talbot for his second goal of the game.

It was also a milestone goal for the Ducks captain. It was his 36th playoff goal, moving him past franchise great Teemu Selanne for most playoff goals in Anaheim history.

The goal sealed a dominating period for the Ducks. Anaheim headed to the second intermission with a 3-2 lead after out-shooting the Oilers 21-5 in the second period.


In the third, Edmonton pushed for the tying goal. As the period wound down, it looked like it may not come. However, with just 1:42 left in the game, the Oilers would get the tying goal as Drake Caggiula scored his first of the playoffs to tie the game at 3-3.

That’s how things would go into overtime.

In the extra session, Getzlaf wouldn’t need long to help his team even the series. Just 45 seconds into overtime, Getzlaf fed Silfverberg a cross-ice pass, which Silfverberg one-timed past Talbot to give the Ducks the 4-3 win.

The goal was Silfverberg’s seventh of the playoffs, tying him with Getzlaf for most on the team. The series is now all even at 2-2 going into Game 5. Game 5 will be Friday night (10:30 PM ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS) at Honda Center in Anaheim.


1ST STAR: Ryan Getzlaf, ANA

2ND STAR: Jakob Silfverberg, ANA

3RD STAR: Drake Caggiula, EDM