Ducks knock out Oilers in Game 7

"No guy will use the short turnaround from Game 7 as an excuse", Thompson said. Keep this in mind too: Carlyle's decision to move Nick Ritchie back up to the first line with Getzlaf and Corey Perry midway through Game 7 against the Oilers resulted in Ritchie's scoring the winning goal. But they put themselves in a precarious position with two losses - including an ugly 6-2 defeat in Game 2 - at the beginning of the series and that was costly.

"We got it in their zone and were working it around". With one of the playoffs' worst save percentages and goals-against averages, John Gibson hadn't really distinguished himself this spring until Game 7 against Edmonton, when he was outstanding in a 2-1 win.

When the Ducks look across the ice at Pekka Rinne and company, they'll see the team that punted them out of the playoffs a year ago.

And the enthusiasm for such get-togethers could be higher this year than in past as for more than a decade, Oilers fans haven't been forced to consider how to cheer on their team amid balmy temperatures - the Oilers haven't played in the NHL's post-season since their Cinderella-like run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006. I'm sure that you could poll 100 people, and 99 of them would say they'd rather play at home. We have something here in Edmonton that we can look forward to. The Preds take on Pacific Division champion Anaheim in Game 1 starting Friday night. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history.

Instead of getting discouraged he said the earlier opportunities from in close helped boost his confidence. You're not going to win every one.

Allen said ahead of the game the team will surely be dealing with butterflies, but as long as they are embracing the pressure and not letting it affect them negatively, they can come out on top.

"We've got one line that's very good, but we have other lines that can chip in, and that will be even more important", Nashville captain Mike Fisher said.

They made great strides this season, but losing still hurt. The pick: Pittsburgh in 5. One stat that remained constant throughout the constant was shot attempts; Nashville took 12 more shots than Anaheim did in the first period, although the Ducks scored on their only shot. The Predators haven't played for five days. But Crosby and coach Mike Sullivan said he was checked by a doctor and not put into the NHL's concussion protocol. If they want to be physical we can be physical.

If anything, this one defied logic in the sense that Anaheim started slowly, then managed to pull itself together as the game unfolded. "¦ The Ducks scratched RW Patrick Eaves (foot) and D Kevin Bieksa (lower body)".

If the Capitals have found a hole on the goaltender's glove side they're not saying.

"Some of the things that we're trying to do are starting to have an effect", coach Barry Trotz said on a conference call Sunday.

Justin Williams has a chance to add to his legend as "Mr". The first two games were blowouts. A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7. Gibson did come up big in Game 7 against Edmonton, but still finished with just an.895 save percentage for the series against the Oilers.

The team lost to the eventual winners, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano, left, celebrates after scoring past Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot during the second period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesd. Laviolette's Predators are looking to become the third eighth seed in the salary-cap era that began in 2005-06 to reach the Cup Final.

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