In fact, Griffin Reinhart's nameplate was above the stall at Rogers Place.
"Momentum in my opinion, you re-establish it every night", Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said.
You could nearly smell the narrative soup stirring after the Anaheim Ducks stunned the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5. "I don't think that there's anything that we're going to come across that we can't bounce back from, and we proved that to each other tonight".
As it turns out, McDavid and the Oilers were right. The Oilers don't always get it right for entire games but they were in control on Friday until they became worn down physically and couldn't fend off the more experienced Ducks.
Adam Larsson, who played 45 minutes, on Friday night and Oscar Klefbom will be the top pairing.
NOTES: Getzlaf missed the net on a first-period penalty shot. He was just resting, maybe getting treatment too. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. For all the overtimes and tightly contested series we've experienced so far, none have gone the distance. It's definitely rare to see that kind of a showing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and this was one of the oddest playoff games in some time. That means there will be holes to address in the offseason, but it appears that the Blues are at least set with a starting goaltender, and midway through this season, that didn't look like it was going to be the case.
"I have to do better", Ovechkin said.
"You don't have to say much about that", McDavid said. This is why you play this game.
How was his backwards skating, somebody asked?
"If someone knows [what interference is], call me and tell me".
Ducks skate past Oilers in double OT, ... "You can't have success and nobody has success in the playoffs without a complete team effort". The Ducks were outplayed badly in falling behind 3-0 in the second period of Game 5 and were lucky to steal a win on a once-in-a-generation rally capped by a blown replay call.
My colleague, Jim Parsons at The Hockey Writers explains the play in exacting detail in his article that has garnered quite a bit of attention, "Blown Calls Ruining Oilers Playoff Chances, NHL Credibility".
"So why would we think he can't do it now?" "We're going back with the preparation to be ready for a big game".
The Ducks, by contrast, have played a Game 7 in each of the last four years and lost all of them at home. "It's one step at a time". It's tough to break a team down. In their case, it's taking a 3-2 lead in a playoff series but losing the sixth game on the road and the seventh at home. They had six in the first period on April 9, 1987, on the way to a 13-3 decimation, and six the next spring in the third period of a 7-4 win over Winnipeg. McDavid was held off the scoresheet in Game 6.
"Maybe he's saving them for the next game", shrugged Letestu.
So the Oilers may be light on Game 7 seasoning, but they're also unburdened by Game 7 history. "There never is", coach Guy Boucher said.
Draisaitl drives Edmonton's Game Six victory; Letestu, Karlsson, Johansen and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking. The Ducks will be looking for more out of Corey Perry, who, despite scoring the overtime victor a few days ago, has struggled to find the back of the net so far, and the Oilers will hope that Jordan Eberle, who is goalless in the 2017 playoffs, breaks out of his slump. Those two Anaheim players have a ton of experience. Connor and Leon don't? "But it's not really because of anything the NHL hockey ops does".
It's expected Drake Caggiula will again be on right-wing with McDavid and Maroon with Draisaitl between Milan Lucic and Anton Slepyshev.
EDMONTON, Alberta - The Edmonton Oilers finally built enough of a lead that the Anaheim Ducks couldn't recover.
The tying goal perfectly captured the madness of the moment, with Fowler throwing the puck on net from the blue line where it ended up among a mass of bodies, including two Ducks, two Oilers and a sprawling Talbot.