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McDavid photo brings Oilers welcome levity ahead of tense Game 7

12 May 2017, 01:10 | Nichole Osborne

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Matthew Benning #83 and Kris Russell #4 of the Edmonton Oilers battle against Corey Perry #10 and Antoine Vermette #50 of the Anaheim Ducks in Game Six of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on May 7, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Oilers fan Barun Kapoor expects the team to be back in the playoffs next season. "He stole us more than one game this series and he kept us in a lot of others".

The Oilers had 16:39 to try and find the equalizer. 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. His first goal had tied Game 4 with 1:42 remaining and sent it to overtime. "More so, from a leadership standpoint, it's just trying to have that calming presence". He's hoping the team gets off to a similar start as Game 6. "It's a different group, and we're going to approach it as we do every game, with a game plan". I would argue that it just comes down to credibility.

Then Klefbom took a slapper up high and he was out, too. He is 8-2 with an NHL-leading 1.37 goals-against average and.951 save percentage. Additionally, Anaheim has gotten some favor or momentum going their way in the 2017 NHL Playoffs. The article states that the referees "missed calls" in both games four and five in the Oilers'/Ducks' series with "confirmation bias" a problem. However, perhaps the officiating is more related to the first point above. I'm sure that you could poll 100 people, and 99 of them would say they'd rather play at home.

"We're not in this position moving on if he doesn't play the way he did", said captain Sidney Crosby, who assisted on Bryan Rust's opening goal.

"I don't think anyone thought we'd be here, one period away from the conference finals", said Talbot.

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. It will simply be a question of how quickly Edmonton learns the lessons of this series.

"There's nothing better than going into a Game 7, the excitement and what's at stake". Even though he didn't cause a lot of damage, Edmonton's Drake Caggiula showed a lot of brass when he took a run at Getzlaff along the boards. Kill their spirit in the first and let them think about how unfair life is for another summer (alternatively that's what I'll be doing if this thing goes sideways).

Also, they had more blocks 19, to the Oilers 11.

The Preds beat the Ducks just last postseason.

The Western Conference matchup provides some fresh blood for the conference, with the Predators making their first appearance in franchise history and the Ducks advancing for the first time since 2015, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. That's a bad point to acknowledge for the Edmonton side. A replay from the camera embedded rinkside confirmed the puck had barely crossed the blue line.

Game 7 is the bogeyman that terrorizes the Ducks in the night and the supposed Cup favorites once again couldn't keep it from haunting them.

"Having depth like that and guys that you have confidence in that can step in and play no matter what the situation is".

Anyone that doesn't think there's some kind of colossal backlash coming in some way, shape, or form against the National Hockey League is totally out to lunch.

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