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NHL Playoffs: Pacific Division Rivals Face Off in Semifinal Round

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Oilers Making Noise in NHL Playoffs

After sweeping the Calgary Flames in Round One, the Anaheim Ducks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Honda Center. This is the second game of a best-of-seven series. The puck drops Friday at 10:30 PM ET on NBCSN. The Ducks benefitted from a balanced offensive attack throughout the first round. The team had eight players scoring at least one goal. Team captain Ryan Getzlaf led the way with 3 goals and 2 assists. Goaltender John Gibson was solid in Round One as well. He posted a 2.60 goals against average with a .926 save percentage. The Ducks will need a similar team performance as they face the high-octane Oilers.

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In their first playoff appearance since 2005-06, the Edmonton Oilers looked like a veteran team who had been there before. They finished only two points out of first place in the Pacific Division behind the Ducks, and continued their strong play from first puck drop of Round One. They eliminated the San Jose Sharks in six games, a team that many had repeating as the West’s representative at the Stanley Cup Final. Led by phenom Connor McDavid (2 goals, 2 assists), the Oilers will attempt to knock off another veteran squad in the Ducks.

 

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