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Patrick Maroon's first goal against former team is game-winner

By Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer, 04/29/17, 11:15AM CDT


ANAHEIM -- After a season that had a lot of personal highlights, Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon added an important item to his list.

Maroon scored his first goal against his former team, the Anaheim Ducks, and it stood up as the game-winner in a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round at Honda Center on Friday.

The Oilers lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 in Edmonton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

"That's good to score against your old team," Maroon said about his second goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "I think everyone knows that if you score against your old team you get excited. Tonight was a little jump."

The pass from Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle glanced in off Maroon's skate.

"They don't ask how," Maroon said.

Maroon, 29, had NHL career highs for goals (27) and points (42) in 81 games in the regular season.

He said it was thrilling to contribute a key goal but that Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 39 saves, was the difference Friday.

"He was excellent tonight," Maroon said. "Like I've been telling everyone, he's probably been our best player all year and he made some key saves tonight."

Maroon's goal on the power play put the Oilers ahead 2-0 at 6:41 of the second period.

"That's the hardest lead to hold in hockey and I thought we did a good job tonight," Maroon said. "It probably wasn't our best [game] but we knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us, and they did. For us it was a gutsy win. We found ways to get on the board early and play with the lead and I thought we did a good job."