Ducks exorcise their Game 7 demons and rally to defeat Oilers

Sens to get Pens or Capitals

Sens to get Pens or Capitals

The deciding game in the Oilers' series against the Anaheim Ducks comes a day after a photo was released online, showing McDavid with two adoring fans at the Edmonton International Airport.

Then, with their season on the line, the Oilers routed Anaheim 7-1 in Game 6 at Rogers Place.

The Ducks took the momentum of a 16-3 second period shot advantage into the third and created an early lead with a wrister from Nick Ritchie. Four consecutive losses at home - the Ducks also lost all Game 6s on the road - including the last three seasons.

And the enthusiasm for such get-togethers could be higher this year than in past as for more than a decade, Oilers fans haven't been forced to consider how to cheer on their team amid balmy temperatures - the Oilers haven't played in the NHL's post-season since their Cinderella-like run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.

They struggled early on in the second round losing the first two games of the series at home, then bounced back to win the next three.

The Ducks fell behind the Oilers just 3:31 into this seventh game, but the rest of the night largely belonged to Anaheim, which finally showed some veteran mettle in the playoffs' biggest crucible.

"There is still a little bit of inconsistency in our game but we will grow up and fix that as we go along", McLellan said.

The Ducks' last four seasons ended abruptly with a game-seven loss at home, blowing a 3-2 series lead each time.

Thompson got banged up in Game 6 and didn't play after three minutes remained in the second period as the Ducks lost, 7-1.

"I don't want to say relief because we expect to do what we did", Getzlaf said.

Getzlaf ended a monster series without a point on his 32nd birthday, but he contributed to a stellar defensive effort against National Hockey League scoring champion Connor McDavid, who went scoreless in Game 7 and managed just five points in the series.

"Don't get scored on in the first 30 seconds", the Anaheim coach quipped.

In what stands to be a close series, we give the nod to the Ducks for one reason: Getzlaf, Perry and Carlyle each have a Cup ring and knows the grind it takes to win one. "But it's a fact that we don't have to talk about it anymore". I think we have come a long way.

Drake Caggiula got credit for Edmonton's goal, and Talbot made 28 saves.

Why? Why does a team that's won five straight Pacific Division titles constantly drop must-win situations?

The Oilers were fortunate to get through 40 minutes with the game tied.

"You look at any team that has won and been good for all these years, they start with a disappointment and we've done that", said McDavid. "It's a phenomenal feeling". Edmonton had 14 giveaways, while the Ducks only had nine giveaways.

The Ducks recent playoff history doesn't point in their favour, however.

The Ducks earned many penalty minutes, hence why the Oilers had so many power plays. Going into Wednesday's contest, Cogliano hadn't scored a goal in 10 playoff games this year. With the series tied 3-3, the victor of May 10's game moves on to face the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final, so both teams will be in full battle mode.

If the Edmonton Oilers look and sound like a pretty loose bunch heading into tonight's pressure cooker of a game, it's because they are.

That leaves two Game 7s on the docket Wednesday night, both of which ought to feature plenty of drama.

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