And at the same time, the hero that they weren't expecting.
It seemed that way for almost all of Game 5 versus Edmonton as well. Letestu put a one-timer over Bernier's right pad for a power-play goal with 1:15 remaining in the first.
Draisaitl has five goals and eight assists in the series.
In all, there were 90 shots taken and 102 face-offs. "I just go out and try to play my best game and try to be the best player I can be", Draisaitl said. "We got to the last three-and-a-half minutes and felt we were in control. We bounce back from stuff like that". Anaheim Ducks' Cam Fowler (4) is chased by Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the first period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Then, with fifteen seconds remaining, a shot from Rickard Rakell got past Cam Talbot.
Talbot supplied the frustration at how a three-goal lead disappeared seemingly in an instant, while Milan Lucic supplied the anger at how that third and final goal was adjudicated.
"I thought our whole group was really good", Draisaitl said.
The loss was the Oilers second in a row in overtime. The Preds lead the series, 3-2. McDavid then capitalized on a two-man advantage to put the Oilers up 2-0, swatting a rebound between nemesis Ryan Kesler's legs into an open net.
Talbot had made 14 saves in the first overtime period. Mattias Ekholm found Josi all alone in the right circle for a quick shot past Allen's glove. On another, he smothered a puck directed at him from in close by Ryan Kesler.
Defenceman Kris Russell got drilled into the boards and had to get checked out by doctors.
Defenceman Matt Benning got crushed and missed most of the first period.
Draisaitl scored on a breakaway at 2:45 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
It was the first even-strength goal the Predators had allowed in the first period this postseason. It was McDavid's third consecutive game with a goal. Edmonton's 20-year-old captain, nominated this week for both the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award, also had an assist when Caggiula scored.
Johansen, Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg came into this game having combined for only three points in this series after getting 15 in sweeping Chicago.
Nic Kerdiles - With Patrick Eaves and Ondrej Kase out of the Anaheim lineup, the Ducks inserted Kerdiles into Game Five against Edmonton; it was his first National Hockey League playoff appearance.
Well, what can you say about that Ducks vs. "But if you look back on history, there is no rhyme or reason on whether you win or lose". He figures to be a huge part of the Coyotes' rebuild and should be one of their core players in the coming seasons.
Slepychev extended the Oilers' lead to 6-0 in the opening minute of the second period before Rakell got the Ducks on the scoreboard just shy of the 9-minute mark.
The Blues stayed alive in the second round by beating the Predators, 2-1 in St. Louis.
On the latter, Getzlaf broke free up the center of the ice and was held by Milan Lucic as he beared down on the net. Edmonton D Andrej Sekera went to the dressing room after a hit from Getzlaf in the first period.
There were only two emotions left for the Oilers.