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


Botterill takes over three weeks after Tim Murray was sacked, and one day after Pittsburgh advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by defeating the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.

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.

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

And maybe it's no coincidence that the game-winning goal came from a 21-year-old who hadn't been around for any of those playoff runs.

After four years of agony and over a decade of fruitless Game 7s, the Ducks are finally the victors of a winner-take-all game - and now they're halfway to another Stanley Cup.

4 of the Edmonton Oilers battle against Corey Perry No. 10 and Antoine Vermette No. 50 of the Anaheim Ducks in Game Six of the Western Conference Second Round during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

“Obviously its a new year, new teams, (but) for some of us, it means a little bit more, ” Anaheim center Ryan Kesler said. "Teams know we are a good hockey team and we need to be ready for that".

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.

The puck drops fewer than 48 hours after the Ducks ended a streak of four Game 7 losses at home with a win against the Edmonton Oilers.

Anaheim's quick turnaround begins Friday night with Game 1 against their new opponent, the Nashville Predators, who have been waiting patiently for what seems like weeks.

"I have nothing but good things to say about this team".

Yes, 13 playoff games over two rounds gave Oiler fans a tantalizing glimpse through a window of opportunity that could stay open as long as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are Batman and Robin, occupying their shiny downtown lair.

"It's a great feeling - you get to show them what we remember as kids from the Oilers dynasty", he said.

"When I talk about determination, I didn't think Jordan had much in his game", said Sportsnet analyst Drew Remenda.

"I can't answer that question". Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 28 saves.

The time is now for the five-time Pacific Division champion Ducks, 10 years since their 2007 championship.

This Oilers team has every right to be proud of what they accomplished.

"We learned from the past and how to deal with adversity", Getzlaf said. "It's a phenomenal feeling". Caggiula challenged defenceman Shea Theodore as he took the puck out from behind the Ducks' net, with Caggiula's stick striking the puck to put it over Gibson's right leg and trickling in. But that replay was never shown in Honda Center, leaving Ducks fans muttering for the remainder of the first period. But the Ducks killed the power play spanning the intermission and then gradually increased their push. The goal was Cogliano's first of the 2017 postseason. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeny Kuznetsov showing up throughout their playoff run, they just couldn't overcome the shortcomings of Braden Holtby who struggled often and just narrowly posted a save percentage above the.900 mark this postseason despite a Vezina contending regular season.

Head to head: These two teams played it pretty even during the regular season.

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).

If Edmonton loses a Game 5 by blowing a 3-0 lead on three goaltender-pulled-in-favor-of-an-extra-attacker goals in the last three and a half minutes to create a Miracle On Manchester II, there will be outrage.