Friday's Stanley Cup Playoffs betting preview: Predators at Ducks

Preds winger James Neal took an assist from P.K. Subban in overtime to finally subdue the exhausted, but game, Anaheim Ducks.

The Predators hung on to that lead through the end of the second period, but the Ducks' offense started to surge in the third and Lindholm netted the game-tying goal.

"The Hurricanes" coach in that Game 7 against Edmonton was none other than Peter Laviolette, who's waiting for the Ducks or Oilers in the Western Conference final with the Nashville Predators. The Ducks almost got the win in game one and played a pretty substandard game so any improvement should inch them closer to a win here and I think they get it done.

So when he found a patch of open ice during the third period Wednesday night, Ritchie could let fly with a handsome shot, his wrists unencumbered by the weight of history.

The Ducks will continue to need high performances from their scoring corp if they expect to get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Nick Ritchie scored the winning goal 3:21 into the third period as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday night to win their second-round series.

The Ducks did just that with a 2-1 home victory on Wednesday, ending a streak of five straight Game 7 losses for the franchise and four in a row at home.

The Ducks got just one shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of Game 1, but Silfverberg put it into Rinne's far top corner for his eighth goal in 12 games this spring, matching his goal total in 48 games over his previous six trips to the postseason. "There's still a little bit of inconsistency in our game, but we'll grow up and we'll fix that as we move forward".

Leon Draisaitl led the team in scoring throughout the playoffs but, like captain Connor McDavid, couldn't get the puck in the net in Game 7. In Game 6, the Oilers blew a three goal lead with less than four minutes left in regulation, allowing the Ducks to force overtime and ultimately win the contest on a Corey Perry double-overtime goal. With the series tied 3-3, the victor of May 10's game moves on to face the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final, so both teams will be in full battle mode.

"Well, I don't think that we can afford to have the start that we had today", Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle explained in his postgame press conference.

Getzlaf ended a monster series without a point on his 32nd birthday, but he contributed to a stellar defensive effort against National Hockey League scoring champion Connor McDavid, who went scoreless in Game 7 and managed just five points in the series. "I think we kind of lost the game in the first period there". "We won't have to answer that experience question anymore, which is nice".

The time is now for the five-time Pacific Division champion Ducks on the 10-year anniversary of their 2007 championship. Look for Laviolette to get his team to follow suit if possible.

Having exorcized their Game 7 demons against the Edmonton Oilers, the Anaheim Ducks look to exact revenge against the team that ended their postseason hopes a year ago. The respect that I have for the guys we have in here is through the roof.This is a team you could feel how close-knit we were. "It's a phenomenal feeling". The Ducks' defenseman beat Talbot with a wrist shot sending Anaheim fans into a frenzy.

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. But the Ducks killed the power play spanning the intermission and then gradually increased their push. They'll have a tougher challenge in a battle-tested Ducks team looking for redemption from last year's first round defeat. James Neal continued his postseason resurgence with 3 goals, leading all Predators forwards.

Check that. It was the most incredible spring that Edmonton hockey fans have experienced in 11 years while it lasted. Anaheim was without two key injured veterans.