Ducks vs Oilers Game 7 REACTION: SLAY THE DEMON

"It doesn't matter how we won Game 6, it just matters we won", McDavid told reporters on Tuesday.

Waddle Oilers fans do after Game 7? The Ducks will go on to face off against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Finals.

Anaheim has played very bad defense, missed simple assignments, had a lack of scoring from star players and produced sub-standard goaltending. In those eight games, plus the Game 6 loss on Sunday, he has compiled zero goals and three assists. The same stupid penalties were made in the first-round series with San Jose.

For the last time this season fans packed into Rogers Place to watch their Oilers on the jumbotron fight for their lives in game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks.

However, look at the score sheet: Edmonton's top scorers - Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - all failed to register any points. Yes, this question even baffles me. "So don't pin any of the Game 7s on me".

Game Sevens are nearly always exciting, but early in the final game of the Oilers/Ducks series on Wednesday, it felt like the same story was being written again with the same California sigh: the Ducks failed to get a Game 7 lead, for the fifth straight time.

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

Unless I refrain from the window. He'll have to do his leading on the ice after being held pointless in his team's seven-goal outburst in Game 6. "But I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this year". We have a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup and we proved that. Over the past month, however, Edmonton has defeated the San Jose Sharks, a veteran team that knew exactly what it takes to get to the Stanley Cup final and had been there just one year prior, and dragged the Ducks, a battle-tested playoff club, to seven games in the second round.

Goalies: Caps goalie Braden Holtby, formerly a young goalie, transformed into "the man" after claiming the Vezina Trophy last season.

Then Matt Murray, who led the Penguins to the Cup as a rookie last season when Marc-Andre Fleury got hurt, was injured during pregame warm-ups of Game 1. It was enough to lead all Oilers' scorers in the series, but it was far from the production many expected from McDavid in his first go-round in the playoffs. Clearly the better side through six games, they backed that up again this evening. Most notably, the trade deadline acquisition of D Kevin Shattenkirk from St. Louis.

Though the third turned out to be a great back-and-forth zone battle between the teams, Ritchie's goal would end up being the decider, giving the Ducks a Game 7 win for the first time since 2006. So the Oilers had some easy laughs delivered to them when the picture of McDavid and his clingy, adoring fans crossed everyone's timelines on Wednesday. He and his friends all live in Victoria now, and have been watching some of the Oilers' postseason games at his condo. "I'm truly amazed at how good he is", Gretzky said.

The Ducks are looking to avoid blowing a 3-2 series lead for the fifth consecutive postseason. Expect the beefy Getzlaf and the ornery Perry and Kesler to take the body on the forecheck whenever possible.

West: Nashville - the most consistent playoff team in the West. Preds: Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban.

NOTES: Game 1 against Ottawa is Saturday in Pittsburgh.

  • Sylvester Abbott