Ron and Don: Ducks won’t be able to bully this ‘tough’ Oilers team

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss all the hot topics from the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The fact the Edmonton Oilers were able to score five goals on the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 shouldn’t shock anyone. That they were able to match the Ducks in physicality, though, was a bit surprising.

While the team is known mostly for it’s tremendous skill, players like Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Zack Kassian and Darnell Nurse give the Edmonton lineup some much-needed muscle and it was a factor in Game 1.

“They were sucks before,” Don Cherry said on Coach’s Corner Thursday. “Let’s face it, they got all these big, tough guys…I’ll tell you, that’s a tough team. Nobody pushes them around with Lucic and guys like that. They’re a team you don’t push around.”

Anaheim plays a physical brand of hockey with a roster featuring many big, strong bodies, so the Oilers will have to once again match them in Game 2 Friday.

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