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It’s too bad the NHL has struggled so severely with goalie interference calls because it has overshadowed some great hockey, especially as Edmonton continues sharpen their tools on the granite of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
On a play-by-play basis, the Ducks led what was a less eventful first period by a modest margin, and period three by 167%, but the Oiler’s dominated period two by 335% on route to an overall 14.7% advantage during regulation
The Oiler’s created 39.9% more on the rush but Anaheim had a 111% advantage in offensive zone play, more than half being generated in their third period push.
Unfortunately for the Oilers, the Ducks used a handful of key plays in the third period to flip the script and earn a crucial game five win.
Oiler Contribution Highlights
Connor McDavid continued his accelerated playoff maturation by posting another huge contribution to lead all forwards in game five. His last two games have been his best of the playoffs which suggest he is learning very quickly.
Drake Caggiula and Leon Draisaitl were at similar levels but Caggiula contributed both offense and defense, and was three times above his playoff average, while Draisaitl’s contributions were on offense and very close to his playoff average.
Jordan Eberle failed to have a statement game that Oiler fans hoped for after his benching in game four brought his playoff performance into the crosshairs. He performed almost exactly in line with both his series average and his regular season average against Anaheim, suggesting he may not match up well against the Ducks. He was roughly 70% better in round one vs the Sharks.
Kris Russel and Adam Larsson performed 136% and 248% above their respective playoff averages, and were exceptional defensively, eating up minutes for the injured Sekera.
Oscar Klefbom and Matt Benning were close together in third but almost four times behind Russel and Larsson. Klefbom had high offense that overcame some negative defense while Benning’s offense was the same as his playoff average, but his defense was up twofold as he also elevated his game in Sekera’s absence.
Ducks Contribution Highlights
Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell led the Ducks and contributed at similar levels with Rakell being a bit stronger defensively. Getzlaf’s play-by-play performance was 8.6% below his playoff average which indicates how dominant he has been this series.
Corey Perry and Jacob Silfverberg contributed similarly albeit a distance back from the leaders. Perry scored the overtime goal but his totals were just a shade below his regular season average.
Cam Fowler had his strongest game at 121% over his series average, highlighted by his third period point shot that cut the Oiler’s lead to one.
Sami Vatanen was alone in second, almost exactly in line with his playoff average.
Hampus Lindholm, Shea Theodore and Josh Manson were all close together in third. Lindholm was the strongest of the three defensively while Manson led them offensively.
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