Ducks top Oilers in Game 7

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"I wasn't here. So don't pin any of the (previous) Game 7s on me". Lindholm scored his first playoff goal in 25 games since Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference finals against Chicago. Edmonton's season is over after making a surprising playoff run. After all, they have gotten through the first two rounds of the National Hockey League playoffs with relative ease. Talbot said quietly, struggling for words.

It was a year marked by plenty of positive on-ice steps.

Prediction: This should be a great series, one that can certainly tilt in either direction.

"The team is for real now", he said.

Despite having home-ice advantage to start 10 straight playoff series since 2009, the five-time defending Pacific Division champions had blown a 3-2 series lead four straight times before holding off Edmonton.

"They're going to be a good team for a long time", Cogliano said. That can sometimes be a problem, but I don't think it will be tonight. They've lost just twice in the postseason, both times against the Blues in the conference semifinals.

In both, they had challenges for goaltender interference denied. There was no Predator backing down from the Ducks.

Preds winger James Neal took an assist from P.K. Subban in overtime to finally subdue the exhausted, but game, Anaheim Ducks. Leon Draisaitl had the first hat trick and five-point-game of his career. They penalty kill unit came through. "Everyone knows the Edmonton Oilers are no joke anymore". He was accosted by fans several times as he walked through the airport on Tuesday on his way to the team's flight to Southern California. This one is a closer matchup, at least according to Bovada. Anaheim's offence ignited through the final 40 minutes and put way too much pressure on the Oilers. Hundreds gathered on the patio of a restaurant across the street from the arena. In game six, however, the Oilers punished Anaheim to the tune of seven goals and forced a seventh and deciding game on May 10.

Rinne is huge, but his mobility and puck-handling skills make him even more daunting.

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Talbot came far out of the net a few minutes later to swat away a puck and break up a 2-on-0 opportunity.

The off-season will see general manager Peter Chiarelli address issues to get the Oilers to the next level, starting perhaps with his second line of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Milan Lucic. However, after notching the game-winner against the Oilers in Game 7, Ritchie is probably on everyone's radar now.

If Anaheim couldn't match Nashville's speed, the Ducks made sure they matched their physicality.

The Ducks eventually took over on the goal by Ritchie. The 32-year-old (his birthday was this week) leads the Western Conference with 15 playoff points (eight goals, seven assists) in 11 games, including six multi-point contests.

Can anyone dispute the fact that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf should be considered a Conn Smythe Trophy frontrunner alongside Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson? The victory fell on his 32nd birthday.

Special teams have become a mini-crisis: Randy Carlyle's squad hasn't scored a power play goal in two full weeks. "It was fitting to end the way it did". Edmonton also found itself in a corner, and the Ducks outshot them and dominated with their time in the offensive zone. He was held scoreless for the second straight night. "If we told you that we would've taken the Ducks seven in the second series in September I don't think anyone would've believed us for a second".

Player you might not be watching, but should be: I'm calling a two-way tie between Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie.

"It is going to be a battle every night and we are fighting for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup so everyone in our room is going to do whatever it takes".

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