Nick Ritchie: Nick Ritchie nets GWG as Ducks advance to WCF

Nick Ritchie: Nick Ritchie nets GWG as Ducks advance to WCF

Nick Ritchie doesn't want to hear about the Game 7 jinx. And it certainly didn't hurt to play this one at the Honda Center, in front of a home crowd.

The Oilers, like the Preds, haven't had much success in the playoffs in recent years.

For Anaheim, it's an annoyingly familiar position - the Ducks have squandered a Game 6 in each of their last four postseasons. Ritchie wasn't exactly the most likely candidate to net the goal that propelled the Ducks to the Western Conference Final. Additionally, Anaheim has gotten some favor or momentum going their way in the 2017 NHL Playoffs.

That the was the start the Oilers needed and they wore it well, riding a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. In those eight games, plus the Game 6 loss on Sunday, he has compiled zero goals and three assists.

However, when looking at the stats in the box score the game doesn't look bad at all. While Theo did struggle a bit throughout the first, he really seemed to settle into the game after the first intermission and looked a lot better as the game went on. If the Oilers lose, I doubt anyone in Edmonton will ever forget what happened Between games 4 and 5. Leon Draisaitl had the first hat trick and five-point-game of his career. But the Ducks killed the power play spanning the intermission and then gradually increased their push. They've come back from a 3-1 deficit with two straight wins. For example, they had 46 hits to their opponents 42 hits.

Anaheim has lost four consecutive Game 7s at home. Edmonton had 14 giveaways, while the Ducks only had nine giveaways. We couldn't quite get it done. It's amusing how so many Californians figure the 2016 federal election was fixed yet they find the notion of a crooked sports series to be incredulous. If you're the Ducks, you just impose your will and leave nothing to chance. But registering 103 points, eliminating the defending Western Conference champs and pushing the Ducks all the way to the brink of elimination? Versus the Oilers in 6 games he has an.885 save percentage.

However, what if the Ducks loss is for the better? The rest of them were post-season neophytes.

Complete effort by Preds leads to 2-1 series lead on Blues
NOTES: After game three, the Ducks headed to Kelowna, British Columbia, for a two-day mini retreat ahead of Wednesday's game four. One thing that has really been a positive on this team is the Predators' defense, which many consider at the top of the league.

Lead NHL on NBC voice Mike "Doc" Emrick won the 2016 Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play at last night's 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City. After being kept at one goal in Game 2, the Ducks scored six in Game 3. Clearly the better side through six games, they backed that up again this evening.

"Obviously it's going to take some time to get over it".

"They're going to be a good team for a long time", Cogliano said. After losing the first two games at home, the Ducks won the next three. But now, like the Preds, they are a real contender to win the Stanely Cup.

"Our (entrance) into the playoffs was about as good as we could ask - the type of teams we played, the series that we played in, the ups and the downs", McLellan said. For the past decade, the Oilers have been mired in the NHL's basement, learning everything but how to win. "Come next season we'll find ourselves in a similar spot and be able to look back on this and feel that disappointment and know what that's like". Therefore the Ducks may be doing something right.

This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. It just all adds up and makes sense.

In conclusion, Randy Carlyle has a plan.