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Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

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

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

Nashville has won nine consecutive at home in the postseason, dating back to a 3-1 win over the Ducks in Game Six of their 2016 First Round series.

Anaheim has played bad defense, missed simple assignments, had a lack of scoring from star players and produced sub-standard goaltending.

After opening the series with two wins in Anaheim and letting a three-goal lead slip through their fingers with less than four minutes remaining in regulation in Game 5, the Oilers knew this series could have turned out differently. He stopped 26 of 28 shots over the previous three hours - and 120 of 127 in the last three games - but it wasn't enough. There's still a little bit of inconsistency in our game, but we'll grow up and we'll fix that as we move forward. The year before ex-star Teemu Selanne fingered Boudreau as the root of the franchise's failure to live up to its championship promise.

And you ask me to handicap the series finale? "We're a hockey town and that's what we're down here for - we're hear to celebrate". "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".

Who should Nashville Predators fans root for in game seven of the Ducks and Oilers?

To be fair, Randy Carlyle wasn't the coach for many of those Game 7 disappointments.

Does the Ducks loss have meaning behind it?

"Having depth like that and guys that you have confidence in that can step in and play no matter what the situation is".

A win, battling back from 3-1 down against the reigning champs, and the conversation shifts back to the pre-playoff hype that this could be their year.

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Home-ice advantage should be exactly that - an advantage.

The catharsis showed in the open-armed celebration by Andrew Cogliano, the short leap by Nick Ritchie into Sami Vatanen, and the giddy hops over the bench as the buzzer sounded. Ovechkin and crew can't get it done and maybe it's time for a culture change in Washington. They had lost a home Game 7 to end their season in four straight years, and hadn't held a lead in the last game of any of those series. And Crosby is a personal 3-2 in Game 7s. He missed Game 6 with an upper-body injury.

The league claimed it didn't meet the standard of the protocol as written, which suggests some re-writing is in order. Kill their spirit in the first and let them think about how unfair life is for another summer (alternatively that's what I'll be doing if this thing goes sideways). He pitched two shutouts in 13 games this post-season and, upon exiting in the second round, boasts a.924 save percentage.

Drake Caggiula had put the Oilers out in front early with his third goal in the last four games, challenged defenceman Shea Theodore as he took the puck out from behind the Ducks' net.

"Better than a three-goal lead", deadpanned Talbot. But both of Perry's goals were relatively meaningless.

"When you go from losing one game to go to the Stanley Cup finals to being traded the following year it's kind of devastating". The other was scored after the Ducks dug themselves a 5-0 hole to the Kings in 2014. There were a lot of ups and down and highs and lows.

Goals, hits, more goals.

The fact that there was really no carryover from the 7-1 thrashing that Anaheim had to endure over the weekend says something about the Ducks' leadership and talent.

The Ducks have already run one coach out of town for their perennial failures.

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