Brought them closer together. They scored one more goal than we did and unfortunately that decided the series.
Unlike the Capitals, the Anaheim Ducks were all about making up for their recent postseason woes on Wednesday, overcoming a shaky 1-0 first-period hole to clamp down on the offensively loaded Edmonton Oilers and claim both a 2-1 victory and trip to the Western Conference finals. A time when the Oilers didn't just play the hockey game equivalent of a fart noise in their most important game in nearly eleven years. And the only way to finally shed the label of a club that can't get it done with the season on the line is to, well, get it done with the season on the line.
Adam Larsson put it another way.
"We expected them to come out hard, but we knew we had to be a little more aggressive tonight than we were in the last couple of games", Crosby said.
Obviously, the Ducks want to win and move on, then they can rest.
Forwards Patrick Eaves and Logan Shaw will not play. And they did just that.
The Ducks are at home, which is typically where you go in a Game-7 pick.
"It's hard enough sometimes with six D men on the bench", Benning said. They had a good second. "They were pretty gassed".More news: Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League games
It was a major momentum shift from Game 5 on Friday, when the Ducks pulled off a miracle in the dying minutes and erased a 3-0 deficit with three goals while Gibson was on the bench for an extra attacker, sending the game to double overtime and an eventual 4-3 Ducks win. They would also have the Predators' number since the Preds knocked them out in seven games last postseason. From this point of view, the team that looks more favorable in those projections in regard to latter-round play gets the nod for officiating favoritism, so their chances of being eliminated are reduced. Not that many, it turns out.
Andrew Cogliano tied the game in the second period and Nick Ritchie gave Anaheim their first lead in a game seven in five years.
Reinhart, who spent the season in AHL Bakersfield and hadn't played a meaningful game for weeks, logged 13:23.
"It is adversity", said winger Zack Kassian. Bellinger took on a full-time starting job after veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went on the disabled list with lingering back, neck and elbow injuries. "We're ready for it".
"We've basically killed the bar code on the tickets they've had when we've caught them trying to resell above face value", he said. He turned adversity into opportunity and ran with it. Plus there's that thing about the referees spotting the Ducks a few goals every game. "For me it's just kind of realizing what got me here".
Anaheim is hosting Edmonton in the second Game 7 of this season's playoffs. Throw in at least an average goaltender and a good coach, and you have the recipe for success in hockey. And with what we've seen from McDavid throughout his career in major junior and during his two seasons in the National Hockey League, it'd be safe to assume McDavid will have his playoff breakthrough the next time he has the chance.
At the start of the game, you get that weird goal (and only goal) from the Oilers. Not only the D corps, but our forwards played strong positionally and Cam as always played his game. People that have this opinion believe that a four-game series does far less for ticket sales, concessions, and television time than a seven-game series does.
Luckily, the Ducks are an experienced group and have faced adversity before.