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

Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano celebrates after scoring during the second period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

You can call it a revenge series for the Ducks, who probably still remember last year's seven-game series loss, but a revenge series is on the back burner with a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

The 2017 NHL Playoffs is coming to an end.

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

With Anaheim leading 4-3, Gibson made several big saves late in the second period and early in third to keep the Oilers from tying the game. "The things we did this year were truly awesome and we gave the fans something, that were behind for so many years, something to cheer about and the fans should be proud of themselves too, surely as the players", said Maroon.

Connor McDavid joked about the excitement the playoff run was causing in Edmonton.

WATCH BELOW: Oilers super fan Jerry MacLachlan posts a rap about Oilers before the team's Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks ended their ignominious streak after the tense final minutes of a strong defensive performance to back Gibson's best game of the postseason.

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.

"Well, I mean, it's good and bad", Ryan Getzlaf said.

Ducks stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were 0 for 5 with a combined seven points in winner-take-all games together in their careers. It has been two years since they last made the Western Conference Finals. "But it's a fact that we don't have to talk about it anymore".

"We have a general feel of what the roster will look like but there a number of different factors that come into moving forward".

Meanwhile, Rinne pitched consecutive shutouts to kick off a four-game sweep of Chicago and has allowed two or fewer goals in his eight starts since.

The Ducks have the experience in a big spot like this. The Ducks battled to a 4-3 double overtime win in game five and looked to lock things up in game six, but the Oilers put on such a dominant show at home with a crushing 7-1 victory. They can't expect to give P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm all day with the puck and not eventually let a goal in. "It's a phenomenal feeling". The Oilers jumped in front by winning twice in Anaheim, then lost the next three, including back-to-back games in overtime.

Theodore had the puck and mistakenly turned into Gibson while trying to escape the forecheck of Drake Caggiula, who swatted Theodore's stick sending the puck past a surprised Gibson. Only four teams are left - the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks.

The Preds beat the Ducks just last postseason.

However, the two goals proved to be enough for Anaheim even though things didn't start in ideal fashion for the victors. D Kevin Bieksa missed his seventh straight game, while F Patrick Eaves missed his fifth straight game with a leg injury.

The Ducks earned many penalty minutes, hence why the Oilers had so many power plays.


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