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St. Louis Blues’ Ryan Reaves right knocks Nashville Predators’ Cody Mc Leod off the puck during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Wednesday in St. Louis

Cam Talbot (6-2, .934 SV% / 2.03 GAA / 2 SO) will get the start tonight for Edmonton, while John Gibson (3-2, .915 SV% / 2.76 GAA) will go for the Ducks.

Just as the first period was evenly played, so was the second.

In the earlier game, Vladimir Tarasenko finally came to life as the St. Louis Blues handed Nashville its first loss of the postseason to even their Western Conference semifinal series.

The Oilers now head home to Edmonton for the next two games with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 3: Capitals at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET (Penguins lead series 2-0) - Capitals coach Barry Trotz yanked goalie Braden Holtby in Game 2's blowout loss after the reigning Vezina Trophy victor surrendered his sixth goal of the series (he's faced just 35 shots).

"I don't think anything was said in particular. So, the good news is we had a great goaltender's performance, we were able to win the game - now we've got some things to work on". "I mean, he's just one of those guys that finds a way every night". The fast start after a sluggish first two games was much needed-mostly because it didn't last all too long. "But it paid off for us, and it was a good goal".

"There's not usually going to be a smooth ride through 16 games to get there", said Ducks center Antoine Vermette, who won a ring with Chicago two years ago. "We just tied the game and a puck goes in that can't go in". McDavid drew the game's first power play when he was tripped up by Kesler following an uncalled high-sticking, only for Draisaitl to give away the advantage with a slash. Bieksa suffered an apparent right leg injury in a collision with teammate Shea Theodore in the first period and left the game midway through the second.

"He was excellent tonight and he's been, like I've been telling everyone all year, he's probably been our best player all year and he made some key saves tonight", Maroon said.

"We didn't have our position in the neutral ice", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

That's not to say that the Oilers didn't learn a few things along the way in eliminating San Jose in six games. "But, like I keep saying, we have a little bit more than people give us credit for".

If you had the Oilers taking both games 1 and 2 in Anaheim this past week, raise your hands.

"We know we can be better", McLellan said. "It's a good goal for us. But the details will have to get a lot more polished up", said McLellan.

Wagner got the Ducks back in front as he took a shot from the right circle that Talbot tried to make a stick save on but saw the puck deflect inward behind him.

As he continues to make a drive this playoff season, Maroon has continuously become a force and has been outstanding.

The Oilers clawed back to even the score at three with Connor McDavid burying the tying goal with an incredible power play effort. The defense held the Oilers to one non-bounce goal and tallied six points of offense. "They tip one, it goes off a guy and goes in". Silfverberg's three-point night was capped when his shot on Talbot created a rebound that Ryan Kesler put in.

Game three: Capitals at Penguins - Capitals coach Barry Trotz yanked goalie Braden Holtby in game two's blowout loss after the reigning Vezina Trophy victor surrendered his sixth goal of the series (he has faced just 35 shots).

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