The Oilers won Games 1 and 2 at Anaheim and they're grasping the concept that a higher price must be paid to win playoff games than to win regular-season exercises.
Leon Draisaitl led the Oilers with a hat trick, with Mark Letestu scoring twice for the hosts. He gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 5:43 of the second period, getting to the rebound of an Alex Pietrangelo shot from the point below the left faceoff circle and beating Pekka Rinne.
"Obviously the season was on the line and we all had to step it up a notch and the whole group did", Draisaitl said.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle had deemed the two injured players as "options" for him but Bieksa and Kase weren't used in team's 7-1 loss to Edmonton in Game 6.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Edmonton Oilers bounced back from a tough loss in the last game with a resounding win, and put the pressure on the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim has lost a Game 7 at home each of the last four years. Just like that, the Ducks snatched victory form the jaws of defeat and head into Game 6 with a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final.
Game 6: Penguins at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Penguins lead series 3-2) - After a pitiful performance in Game 4, the Capitals' biggest stars rose to the occasion to force a sixth round in this rivalry.
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"We know what's at stake, and you don't have to have a lot of experience to figure that out", Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "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". Trying to get Anaheim out of their comfort zone is a must and we simply haven't seen enough of it to this point in the series.
After almost 27 tense minutes of overtime, Perry collected a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and waited out a sprawling Cam Talbot to finish Anaheim's third straight win - and the first home victory for either team in the series.
The Ducks brought their injured players along with them to Edmonton but there were no updates on the status of any for Game 6.
Rogers Place was sensitive to officiating Sunday given the perceived injustice of allowing Friday's tying goal to withstand a goaltender interference challenge.
The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Rickard Rakell scored for the Ducks at 8:56.
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The bad news? Corey Perry might be back for good.
Look for the Rangers to play their best game of the series in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden.
After picking up another assist on Anton Slepyshev's goal early in the second, Draisaitl would complete the hat trick and five point night with a powerplay goal near the end of the middle frame.
They've been up two games to none on the road and lost the next three. Neither did the presence of Jonathan Bernier, who had rescued Gibson in a first-round comeback Game 3 win over Calgary.
Getzlaf initiated the late rally by scoring his eighth goal of the postseason with 3:16 remaining and Fowler added another one 35 seconds later to pull the Ducks within a goal. As Hampus Lindholm was hooking the German, the puck rolled toward Gibson and through the five-hole. Then his no-look backhand, off a feed from Milan Lucic, fooled Gibson at 7:22.
The switch seemed to energize Lucic, who tied for the team lead in hits and assisted on two of Draisaitl's goals.
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Edmonton's blue line ran with reinforcements as Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart drew in for Andrej Sekura and Oscar Klefbom. Bieksa is coming back from an apparent leg injury suffered in Game 1. Klefbom took a shot in the chest and missed half a period, but returned to that game.