Overtime, which has been an ice-cold wasteland for much of the early season for the Anaheim Ducks, finally warmed up Friday night.
Rickard Rakell scored 14 seconds into extra time at Honda Center to give the home team a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The win was Anaheim’s first OT victory after losing three such contests in a row and lifted the team’s record to 10-9-5 (25 points).
“It felt like it was going to come throughout the whole game,” Rakell said, after scoring his third goal of the season. “We were close, especially in the first period when we had a lot of scoring chances. I don’t know what it is against this team, but it feels like it’s never over.”
The Ducks trailed for most of the game, but with 16.2 seconds left in the third period, Nick Ritchie scored his first goal of the season on a rebound of a shot by Marcus Pettersson’s shot.
John Gibson had 27 saves in goal, but was pulled for an extra skater late in the game, a gamble that paid off.
Anaheim is now in third place in the NHL Pacific Division and now hits the road. First up will be a game in Nashville on Sunday against the Predators (16-6-1), the Central Division leader.