Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds


The Ducks should feel a swell of confidence after outlasting the Oilers. "Know what kind of chance you have to do something special and to win".

Nick Ritchie scored the game victor and the Anaheim Ducks ended a game seven jinx by beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Wednesday to book their spot in the NHL Conference finals.

The Nashville Predators hit California Thursday afternoon only hours after learning their opponent in the Western Conference Final.

The Ducks won their first game seven after losing home deciders the last four seasons in a row.

Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist also scored goals on Wednesday for Pittsburgh who will face the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference finals. "Got to find a way to get over it".

Drake Caggiula got credit for Edmonton's goal, and Talbot made 28 saves. Perry may have only picked up one goal in this series, but it was a huge one - the game victor in Game 5's emotional overtime thriller.

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. It's Predators vs. Ducks... round three, with a berth in the Stanley Cup Final on the line. Over the past 13 games, McDavid has had arguably the toughest experience of his brief National Hockey League career. But Draisaitl had 51 points a year ago, when he didn't even play five minutes of even strength with McDavid, and is another top young talent in Edmonton.

"We held tight there", Ritchie said.

"The second (period), they got to control the tempo of the game and had the puck a little bit more, and obviously that plays into their hands", Rinne said.

But the Ducks pulled even again on the first career playoff goal for Kase, the aggressive Czech rookie, who slipped a puck through traffic. The Ducks kept the pressure on, with Ritchie and Rickard Rakell each getting great looks.

The response was too little too late, Caggiula said. "I think we have some really good players in this room that are game-changers and can take this team to a Stanley Cup and win a Stanley Cup". We were willing to come out and perform. The Oilers are a much improved team.

The first round of these Stanley Cup Playoffs showed that the regular season meant absolutely nothing. A notion that the Oilers would one day look back at this second-round series as the moment this team learned what it was capable of in the playoffs.

"Coming in next year, it has to be a different mindset", captain Connor McDavid said. "We won't have to answer that experience question anymore, which is nice".

"We know what to expect".

The time is now for the five-time Pacific Division champion Ducks, 10 years since their 2007 championship. In Round 2, the Western Conference teams took that madness, turned it up to 11 and - more than likely - made a lot of people wish they hadn't bet any money on teams that have now started their summers early. "Proud to be a part of this group right now and looking forward to the future of this team".

Throughout the post-season, it became clear that Leon Draisaitl was discovering what McDavid had figured out during the regular season - a way to put the Oilers on his back.

Shortly after that photo started to make rounds on the internet, another awkward McDavid photo was posted online, this time featuring Oilers' defenseman Darnell Nurse as well.

"Every owner, GM or coach responsible for building a Stanley Cup contender will admit that it's a process".

"Everybody says we go about it the hard way, but as long as we get the job done", shrugged John Gibson, who stopped 30 shots. Nicholson hired Peter Chiarelli to be GM, then came coach Todd McLellan.