Friday was a night of close Game 5s, but the Anaheim-Edmonton game was clearly the most dramatic contest. We'll talk about it in more detail further down, but I wanted to start by highlight the Rickard Rakell goal scored with 15 seconds left in the third period because of the controversy surrounding it. There's an argument to be made that Rakell's goal should have never counted and the Ducks should have remained behind with little time left on the grounds of goaltender interference, specifically by Ryan Kesler.
Edmonton certainly feels that way, especially Milan Lucic.
“I don’t even know what goalie interference is anymore. It’s a joke,” Milan Lucic said, per TSN's Frank Seravalli and NBC Sports. “If someone knows what goalie interference is anymore, please call me and tell me.”
That's only scratching the surface of the reasons Edmonton has to be frustrated with that one. It'll be very interesting to see how the team responds.
BLUES 2 PREDATORS 1
Nashville leads series 3-2
The Predators had an opportunity last night to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history, but obviously St. Louis lived to fight another day. This one was consistently close, but Nashville never had the lead. The Blues also managed to outshoot the Predators in every period.
Credit Pekka Rinne for keeping the game close under those circumstances. He turned aside 30 of 32 Blues shots on Friday. He has a 1.41 GAA and .951 save percentage in nine starts in the 2017 playoffs.
Jake Allen turned aside 21 of 22 shots, including all 17 he faced in even strength. He has a 1.94 GAA and .937 save percentage in 10 postseason games.
Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winning goal. It was his fourth marker and eighth point in 10 playoff games.
Dmitrij Jaskin made his 2017 playoff debut and netted the Blues' other goal. He has two goals and four points in 13 career playoff contests.
James Neal accounted for Nashville's only marker. He has three goals and four points in nine postseason games.
DUCKS 4 OILERS 3 (Double Overtime)
Anaheim leads series 3-2
As mentioned at the start, Anaheim's game-tying goal with 15 seconds left in the third period was controversial, but that introduction undersold just how dramatic of a comeback this was for Anaheim. The Ducks were down 3-0 in the dying minutes of the game with the rally beginning at 16:44 of the third period. Anaheim put a heavy amount of pressure on in the third period, firing a staggering 22 shots.
Ryan Getzlaf was responsible for getting the rally started for the Ducks and he later registered an assist. He's having an incredible postseason with eight goals and 15 points in nine games, including eight points in his last four games.
Cam Fowler scored just 35 seconds after Getzlaf to make it a one-goal game. He also later registered an assist, giving him four points in five games in the 2017 playoffs.
I already mentioned Rakell's game-tying goal, but it's worth adding that it was his fifth marker of the postseason. He's now found the back of the net in three straight games.
Corey Perry registered two assists and then scored the double overtime winner. Going into this game he had been relatively quiet in the playoffs, but he certainly picked an ideal time to awaken.
Edmonton defenseman Andrej Sekera left the game in the first period due to an injury. That put a considerable strain on the Oilers remaining defensemen, especially given the length of the contest. Adam Larsson shouldered the biggest burden with a daunting 44:58 minutes of total ice time.
Connor McDavid scored a goal and registered an assist for Edmonton. He's now scored in three straight games, but unfortunately for him, the Oilers haven't been able to win any of those games.
I highlighted the number of shots Anaheim took in the third period already, but Cam Talbot was busy throughout the contest. The Oilers goaltender made 60 saves to give him a .938 save percentage despite the fact that he allowed four goals.
John Gibson turned aside 35 of 38 shots last night. This is the third straight game he's won despite allowing three goals in each of those contests.