By Jack Ryan
Adam Larsson scored twice in the third period, including the tiebreaking goal with 4:40 remaining, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference second round.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists for the Oilers. Mark Letestu scored twice, and Cam Talbot made 33 saves.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series will be played at Anaheim’s Honda Center on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).
Nashville’s Vernon Fiddler, playing his first game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored the tiebreaking goal off a fortuitous bounce with 5:05 left in the third period for a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at Scottrade Center.
Jay Bouwmeester’s failed clearing attempt went right to Watson, who sent a bouncing puck toward goalieJake Allen. He tried to pokecheck it, missed, and Fiddler tapped it through Allen’s legs.
P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, Colin Wilson and Filip Forsberg scored, and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators, who have won five straight Stanley Cup Playoff games.