Neal scored 9:24 into OT, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Predators kicked off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
After so much of the scoring in the 2017 playoffs was done by captain Ryan Getzlaf, it was the duo of Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie who led the way for Anaheim Wednesday.
The Ducks have reacted well while facing adversity this spring, rallying within games and within their series against Edmonton after the Oilers had won the first two games at Honda Center. Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl recorded a hat trick to highlight his five-point performance in that contest and increase his point total to 16 (six goals, 10 assists) in his last eight games after being held off the scoresheet in his first four playoff tilts.
Anaheim will host the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference final on Friday. In Round Two, the Ducks dropped both games at Honda Center to open their series with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Ducks meanwhile swept their way through the opening round as well as they made quick work of the Calgary Flames but it took a full seven to dispose of the other Alberta team in the Edmonton Oilers who had their chances to send the Ducks packing in what was a very exciting series. It was the first time in league history a team came back from three or more goals down with less than four minutes remaining to force overtime or win the game. "If we pull one, it's great'". "Any goal-scorer or anybody that gets a goal, any time in the playoffs, it's emotional". "You get some momentum right away". Everyone that chips in, like right through to the fourth line, and I think we have that, and like I said before, we have a team that can play all different styles of games.More news: Airlines, DHS officials discuss laptop & tablet ban on flights from Europe ‒ report
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"We believe that we have a group that obviously we can build with and we can build internally with our young players and we can build internally with the competition of those young players", Yeo said. Yes, having an elite defense in front of you helps, but these are 2003 J.S. Guigere numbers we're looking at now (Giggy rocked a.945 SV% and 1.62 GAA throughout that incredible Conn Smythe-winning run). Anaheim lost the first two games of its series with Edmonton but battled back and advanced when it won a Game 7 for the first time in six tries. "I just wound up, took a look, and everybody was diving, and legs were trying to get in the way of the shot".
The Oilers forced a Game 7 with an emphatic 7-1 victory in Game 6 on Sunday night. "I think a lot of things played a factor into it, but emotionally, we didn't start the game like we needed to". The teams last played on March 7 in Anaheim, a 4-3 Ducks shootout win. Not only did they have one of the most risky playoff forwards in Leon Draisaitl, who lit up the Ducks for the duration of the series, but they put up a tough fight. "We got that game, and it was a huge goal in overtime for us to be able to get that, and now we're going to Game Two".
Many remember the last time the Oilers were in a seventh game matchup.
The Predators have undoubtedly deserved the accolades they've received to this point of the postseason, but defenseman P.K. Subban believes his team still has more to give in all facets.
Getzlaf, a member of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team as a 22-year-old role player, was celebrating his 32nd birthday when the game began.