Preds To Face Ducks In Western Conference Final

Preds To Face Ducks In Western Conference Final

Preds To Face Ducks In Western Conference Final

The Edmonton Oilers were taught a harsh lesson, one the Anaheim Ducks had learned too many times in recent years.

But even in defeat there's reason for hope among the Oilers, something that nearly every player, to a person, seemed to realize as the series loss set in.

"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".

"I don't know whether from coaching or playing whether you get into a mental block or not", said Bruce Boudreau, who coached in Game 7 four times with the Capitals and four times with the Ducks.

"Shows we're a team", said coach Todd McLellan. Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby earned assists on what would be the game-winning goal. But the Ducks, who erased a slow start Wednesday with a powerful final two periods, are the ones who will advance to take on a similarly hot team in the Nashville Predators.

As recently as last season, the Ducks lost the first two games of their series with Nashville at home before rallying to win the next three contests.

This stat shows you the offense wasn't doing great or awful, they just couldn't get anything going.

In game 6's massive 7-1 win, Leon Draisaitl's hat-trick goals lifted Edmonton to its first seven-goal postseason performance since the 1991 conference finals.

"It's going to be insane. we've been waiting since '06 to get down here", said fan Jason Jordan Gogal.

This time, however, they passed any regret on to the young Oilers, who were left thinking about the three-goal lead they gave away in the final 3:16 of regulation of Game 5 among the critical turning points. When he didn't produce, a number of important role players filled in admirably. "We weren't afraid of the stage".

"I think we've shown everybody in the league and all the fans that we're ready to go against these big teams", said Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom. I think Peter Chiarelli's going to do a good job with the team moving forward. People that have this opinion believe that a four-game series does far less for ticket sales, concessions, and television time than a seven-game series does.

"I think we are in for a long run of these", said Kapoor. "I thought we put up a hell of a battle". "He was our leader. Do things maybe you (wouldn't) do during the season".

When the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs come to an end, the Oilers will ultimately be seen as a footnote in the overall postseason bracket. I'm definitely optimistic about next season. I am genuinely shocked, pleasantly so even, at how far the Oilers made it considering where they came from past year.

"The future is bright for this team". We did a lot of good things throughout this year, but obviously it's tough right now. In six playoff games against his former team, Maroon has two goals and five assists.

"I don't know how to say it in a good way, but this would be.it would (mean) nothing more than to win this Game 7. There is a lot to look forward to". "If we told you [in September] that we were taking it to seven in the second series. I spoke earlier to refreshing the body and refreshing the mind, and we'll be back at practice to get better and prepare ourselves for Wednesday".

As for the photo, Rosalina plans to frame it and hang it above her mantle alongside family photos - and she said she didn't mean to hold his arm as firmly as she did.

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