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

Debra Rodriguez | 13 May, 2017, 10:20

The goal gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the contest but unlike game six this time the Ducks didn't give up despite being down early.

The Ducks regrouped and from that point on, the Oilers managed only 11 shots.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Nick Ritchie is an National Hockey League playoff newcomer.

Much the same story the past few years, with the last three seasons yielding three wins for the Predators and four for the Ducks, with Anaheim prevailing in the shootout in two other games.

So when he found a patch of open ice during the third period Wednesday night, Ritchie could let fly with a handsome shot, his wrists unencumbered by the weight of history.

And the enthusiasm for such get-togethers could be higher this year than in past as for more than a decade, Oilers fans haven't been forced to consider how to cheer on their team amid balmy temperatures - the Oilers haven't played in the NHL's post-season since their Cinderella-like run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.

Wednesday night, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference finals.

"They're a great team, and they've done a really good job in the playoffs this season and against us in the past", said Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano, who scored the tying goal in Game 7.

“Obviously its a new year, new teams, (but) for some of us, it means a little bit more, ” Anaheim center Ryan Kesler said.

"You look at any team that has won and been good for all these years, they start with a disappointment and we've done that", said McDavid.

N. Korea gears up to celebrate birthday of country's founder
The government also showcased two established ballistic missiles, one for submarines and one for on-land use. China is North Korea's main trading partner and Chinese companies produce military components for the North.

Ritchie scored the game victor at 3:21 of the third when he rifled a high shot past Oiler goalkeeper Cam Talbot from the slot.

Anaheim will host the Nashville Predators on Friday night in Game one of the conference finals.

Can anyone dispute the fact that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf should be considered a Conn Smythe Trophy frontrunner alongside Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson?

A confident Johansen said he feels that the Predators journey through the postseason prepared them well for either team that emerged to face them. "That's ultimately what the goal is every time I come to the rink at the start of every season, to end up in the Final and have a chance to play for it". They won't make too many mistakes because Anaheim does not know how to exploit them just yet.

Talbot made 28 saves for Edmonton before being pulled with 2:06 remaining. The line was held to just seven points in six second-round games after putting up a combined 15 points in four outings against the Blackhawks.

The time is now for the five-time Pacific Division champion Ducks, 10 years since their 2007 championship. Anaheim's team took the game - and the series - with a 2-1 victory over the Oilers.

“He gives us that confidence, ” Josi said. "It's a phenomenal feeling". Caggiula's stick struck the puck to put it over Gibson's right leg and trickling in 3:31 into the first period. But that replay was never shown in Honda Center, leaving Ducks fans muttering for the remainder of the first period.

The Ducks are not a team that likes to waste time on the power play. Cogliano, who was a pain in the side of the Oilers all night long, scored his first goal of the 2017 postseason. Rinne leads all playoff starting goalies with a.951 save percentage, and his two shutouts is tied with Cam Talbot for the postseason lead. While all other teams have posted a below.500 record at home during the playoffs, the Preds are a flawless 5-0 through two rounds.

Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion), D Clayton Stoner (Out Indefinitely, abdominal). He then had two goals and two assists in seven playoff games before getting hurt.

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