Ilya Bryzgalov returned to action on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Edmonton Oilers back on a winning track or end the Anaheim Ducks’ surge. The Ducks won their fifth in a row by beating the Oilers 3-2 tonight.
Even so, it wasn’t all bad for Bryzgalov or his team.
“There were lots of positives for us tonight,” Bryzgalov said. “It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to get a win.”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins agrees.
“I can’t find a lot wrong with our game tonight. I thought our guys played excellent right to the end,” Eakins said. “It’s one of those nights where you feel like you deserved a point, if not both.”
They didn’t get a point for their third consecutive game, however.
The contest wasn’t without incident, as defenseman Corey Potter received a match penalty for checking Nick Bonino from behind. Here’s a GIF of the hit, via Prime Ticket by way of The Score:
The Ducks are keeping within a stride of first place, as they’re just one win shy of tying the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Oilers remain the third worst team in the NHL and the worst in the West.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.