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

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

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. "So it's been wild to see them playing like this now and to be a part of the action".

The Predators have defeated the Ducks twice in the playoffs, the only team Nashville has beaten a couple of times in the postseason. They showed up every game at Rexall when it wasn't going good.

Once again, Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will have to wait another day to go to the conference finals. Not to parrot what's already been said by countless others throughout the post-season, but the Predators' blueline is a sight to behold. The record is 32 seasons by the Arizona Coyotes before they reached the 2012 Western Conference Finals.

Nashville's playoff run has been largely on the back of Pekka Rinne, the hottest goalie throughout the playoffs. He has a GAA of 1.37 in the postseason and a save percentage of.951. "Rinne loves to handle the puck and if you do not dump the puck in effectively he is going to be another defenseman back there". Aside from Fiala, the Predators are relatively healthy, which is one of the benefits of getting their series finished in short order. In the series that followed, they held the Blues to 11 goals over six games.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. Subban had an assist.

Rinne is the biggest obstacle yet - literally and figuratively - to this Stanley Cup push in Anaheim, but the Ducks are ready for any challenge.

Nashville came into the series riding the highest of highs after pulling off a shocking sweep of the Cup-favorite Blackhawks.

Nick Ritchie scored the game victor and the Anaheim Ducks ended a game seven jinx by beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Wednesday to book their spot in the NHL Conference finals. Wednesday was Gibson's best game of the postseason and he's 7-3 with a 2.80 GAA and.908 save percentage overall. Defensively, they will be responsible for shutting down Ryan Getzlaf, who leads the Ducks with 15 points in the playoffs. By leading the Predators this far, Laviolette became the first American-born coach to guide three different teams to a conference final. The Ducks are now 22-12 since the start of the 2015 postseason, the best winning percentage in the National Hockey League (.647).

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But before most fans even had time to get back to their seats, Nicklas Backstrom brought the lead to 3-0 just 16 seconds in. Then, in mostly unexpected fashion, the Capitals clawed out victories both at home and on the road to force a Game 7.

LINE HISTORY: The home team Ducks opened as -115 favorites for Game 1 and that moneyline has not moved.

Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

When you talk about young defenses across the league, most people's minds quickly go to the Carolina Hurricanes or the Philadelphia Flyers, but Anaheim's group of young defenders is just as impressive and has been making a big impact. He took a pass from Sweden's Viktor Arvidsson and deked goaltender Jake Allen for his second goal of the post-season. Both Kevin Bieksa and Ondrej Kase are questionable while Logan Shaw and Patrick Eaves are doubtful due to lower body injuries. Averaged 19:20 in ice time. The Ducks entered the pivotal matchup hoping to shake their trend of losing playoff game sevens in recent years, but looked like they were heading down the same painful road when Edmonton took a 1-0 lead in the first period. The Predators' offense has some firepower and John Gibson is going to have to be the last line of defense for the Ducks.

The Ducks' defence hasn't been as offensively potent up to this point, but the club has a stable of talented, young rearguards with enough skill to chip in when the moment is right.

This is one of those rest vs. rust arguments.

From an elite defense to depth scoring to phenomenal goaltending, the Ducks will have their work cut out for them in this series.

A confident Johansen said he feels that the Predators journey through the postseason prepared them well for either team that emerged to face them. Heading into the franchise's first conference finals appearance, Nashville is putting little reliance on its previous successes against the Ducks.