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Predators look like the Western Conference winner but the Cup still belongs to Penguins

I know for a fact that I'm probably going to snap at someone today over nothing.

The Ducks earned a Game 1 date Friday against Nashville with a dominating final two periods to end a wild series. There are many reasons for wanting to face the Ducks and the Oilers.

It was so close Ovechkin raised his arms thinking he'd scored.

The deciding game in the Oilers' series against the Anaheim Ducks comes a day after a photo was released online, showing McDavid with two adoring fans at the Edmonton International Airport.

After scoring 21 goals in 59 games for the Stars, Eaves scored 11 for the Ducks in just 20 regular-season contests. Plus there's that thing about the referees spotting the Ducks a few goals every game. They've gone on to lose Game 7 each time - at home. However, the Ducks came out of the locker room with a goal.

Keeping the Caps frantic inside their own blue line, the defending title winners got an early goal from elimination-game stud Bryan Rust and added a much needed insurance goal in the third thanks to a backhander from Patric Hornqvist that caught Braden Holtby off guard.

What they need to do is get rubber in Gibson's direction. His GAA in the playoffs is 3.00 and his save percentage is just.903. In THIS SERIES Gibson's save percentage is actually worse.

There were plenty of fights in this game, which may have even increased the views for this series alone.

Talbot, on the other hand, has a.924 sv% in the post-season and a.921 in the series vs the Ducks. 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.

Ritchie beat Cam Talbot 3:21 into the third period, his second career playoff goal putting the Ducks ahead in a Game 7 for the first time in five years - and ahead of the Oilers for the first time in almost 193 minutes since late in Game 4.

After a pair of Game 7 matchups in Wednesday's Stanley Cup playoff action, the conference finals are set. But the thought of being one win away from a conference finals has Oilers fans hungry for more. Someone is moving on. We have something we can look forward to in Edmonton. "But I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this year", McDavid said.

The now-familiar hush of fear fell over Honda Center, and it grew when Anaheim took a penalty late in the first.

Nashville knocked off the top team in the West in the First Round when they swept the Chicago Blackhawks.

Why you ask? It is so they can at least hold the Oilers to no goals if the Ducks can't score which will, in turn, lead to a penalty shootout. For 56 minutes it looked like a winning strategy until it wasn't. Don't pin Game 7 on the coach - even if the coach is a career 1-2 in Game 7s and presided over probably the greatest Game 7 choke job in the history of the sport on behalf of a certain Toronto-based franchise. With McDavid shut down, Draisaitl stepped up.

However, what if the Ducks loss is for the better? If the Oilers can keep the big man quiet then there is hope. Not only the D corps, but our forwards played strong positionally and Cam as always played his game.

At times in this series, these playoffs in general and the 2016-17 campaign as a whole, Edmonton has shown flashes of true brilliance.

Ryan Getzlaf should have considered the message as an early birthday present. Only this time, the Drum was the Oilers. They know the stakes. That didn't happen to you?

A season that began with many people wondering if the Oilers could even make the playoffs, they eliminated San Jose in the first round and went seven games deep in the second. This was not an enjoyable game to watch as an Oilers supporter. He was accosted by fans several times as he walked through the airport on Tuesday on his way to the team's flight to Southern California.

Getzlaf also said this particular party is already over, however.

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