Oilers take huge step despite Game 7 loss to Ducks

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf

They struggled early on in the second round losing the first two games of the series at home, then bounced back to win the next three. Sound familiar, anyone? It should.

Draisaitl continued to beat the Ducks like a rented mule this season, with his first career hat trick and two helpers, as his dad was visiting from Europe, and now has 13 points in the six series games.

What went wrong for the Ducks, apart from and ice-cold Gibson?

The fact that there was really no carryover from the 7-1 thrashing that Anaheim had to endure over the weekend says something about the Ducks' leadership and talent.

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That the Oilers considered themselves a real threat this postseason, then lost Game 7 in the second round, left a painful feeling for defenseman Adam Larsson.

Not to mention that history seems to be repeating itself from last season.

The Ducks were fighting a four-year pile of bad vibes as they came to the rink on Ryan Getzlaf's 32nd birthday.

Until Game 5, they had been sailing along, as healthy as any National Hockey League outfit could rightfully hope to be at this time of year, when most players are hiding either injury or ailment. And they made it through Game 4 against Anaheim intact, the series even at 2-2.

The Ducks eventually took over on the goal by Ritchie. Anaheim will be shorthanded entering the game with productive winger Patrick Eaves sidelined with a foot injury that has him in a walking boot. So they readjusted in Game 6 and destroyed the Ducks. I guess after a couple of days we'll feel a lot better about what we did this year. It was Caggiula's third goal of the playoffs.

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Post-game, Talbot, mask off, was all smiles.

Five-time Emmy Award-winner Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), who won his fourth consecutive Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play at last night's Sports Emmy Awards, will call tonight's Pens-Caps Game 7 from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Emrick will be joined by U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire ('Inside-the-Glass analyst).

The Ducks can't allow the 7-1 defeat to weigh on them.

And the way the Ducks rallied was even more impressive.

In the face of adversity, an opportunity is all you need.

Edmonton wasted little time in Game 6, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first period.

The goal gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the contest but unlike game six this time the Ducks didn't give up despite being down early. Cogliano got the tying goal and suddenly this game felt like it was under Anaheim's control. Perry has racked up two goals and four assists.

"We basically got a college degree in a month when it comes to the playoffs", McLellan said.

The Anaheim Ducks are hosting the Edmonton Oilers tonight in Game 7 of their second round matchup in the NHL Playoffs. They had the experience factor on us again and we took them to seven games. Granted, a situation such as this one hasn't happened since the end of January.

NOTES: Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 on the road in Game 7s and 9-1 in series against Washington. They were physical on the forecheck, stood forwards up in the neutral zone, and did a great job of keeping a stranglehold on the pace of the game.

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