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It’s All Positive For The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If the Edmonton Oilers accomplished one thing this season… Well, let Patrick Maroon summarize:

“Everyone knows the Edmonton Oilers are no joke anymore,” said the straight-forward winger.

Truly, Oilers fans — and everyone inside the organization — would have settled for just that. Not being the butt of the joke anymore, or walking press boxes and sports bars from coast to coast and being met with that lingering, 10-year question that we all could never quite put our finger on:

“What the heck is going on in Edmonton?!?”

We can officially file the Decade of Darkness into the history books — its chapter entitled: “The Old Boys Club — A Cautionary Tale” — and we’ll open a new book in Edmonton, one where simply having a good November is no longer the barometer.

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The Edmonton Oilers Received A Lesson On Learning How To Win

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Sometimes, you just can’t put it any better than they do.

“I don’t think anyone thought we’d be here, one period away from the conference finals,” said Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, after he’d rolled yet another heroic performance in a 2-1 Game 7 loss. “I’m proud as hell to be a part of this group right now and I’m looking forward to the future with this team.”

In a nutshell, right?

In their first Game 7 of their maiden playoff voyage after the Decade of Darkness in Edmonton, the Oilers simply weren’t ready to beat the Anaheim Ducks. There’s no shame in that — Anaheim is very good, mega-experienced, and has beaten this Edmonton team for fun for longer than most of these Oilers have been National Hockey League players.

When it was all on the line, and Team Canada veterans like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry stared down the barrel of a fifth consecutive home-ice Game 7 loss, they simply refused to allow the narrative to continue. We should respect them for that — they’re too good to carry that yoke any further.

Anaheim was better Wednesday night, winning by a score that flattered Edmonton on the whole.

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The Anaheim Ducks Win A Game 7

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ Game 7 curse is dead.

They are alive and headed for the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators thanks to a skillful snipe by a brawny winger with a battered nose, and to the clever adjustments made by a coach who was rehired last summer for his ability to make the kinds of crucial maneuvers he pulled off on Wednesday.

Their four-season streak of Game 7 misfortune on Honda Center ice ended Wednesday with a nail-biting, seesawing 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. “It’s just a phenomenal feeling,” said left wing Andrew Cogliano, who brought them even at 8 minutes 55 seconds of the second period and promptly let out a primal scream that vented years of frustration. “You can’t really describe it.”

The Ducks, built to win now, gave a lesson in perseverance and patience to the dazzling young Oilers, who will be back at this level — or higher — soon and often in years to come. Despite having lost the first two games of this series at home and despite having lost Game 6 by a ghastly 7-1 count, the Ducks outwitted and outlasted the Oilers and held NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid scoreless in the last two games. Equally impressive was that they held Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scoreless on Wednesday after he had pushed them to the brink of summer with five goals and 13 points in the first six games.

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Over In Edmonton

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Breathe, Edmonton.

The playoff run is over. It was fleeting but all consuming, disappointing on Wednesday but oh, so glorious for 30-odd nail-biting days in April and May.

The Oilers brought the city back to the future in late-game fits and dynamite starts. It was finally, suddenly 2006 again, though resplendent in orange. Those vintage Ryan Smyth mullets morphed into Zack Kassian mutton chops.

But what was hirsute today is gone tomorrow. Be it close shave or blowout, that’s the cruel, fantastic reality of playoff hockey in general and Game 7 in particular.

In a bruising series that rightfully went the limit, the Ducks beat the Oilers 2-1 at Honda Center on Wednesday, on a third-period goal by Nick Ritchie. You see, Game 7 picks its own heroes from every worthy bunch.

At peak do-or-die, the Oilers didn’t do enough on offence, goalie Cam Talbot got beat on a knuckle puck under his arm, and their Stanley Cup hopes, as incongruous as it would have sounded to mention such a thing just nine months ago, are dead.

“We’re disappointed right now, obviously,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “We didn’t come into the playoffs just to play, we came in to win. I think our team played that way and prepared that way and battled that way. So the overall feeling right now is disappointment that we couldn’t quite get it done.

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Video- The Ducks With The Bad Goal Of The Night

It was a team effort.

 

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Two Game 7’s Tonight, Your Picks

I will do the normal open post tonight but now is probably the time to ask, who do you have tonight.

I am picking the Penguins and Ducks with one of the games going to OT, not sure which one at this point, but hopefully it is the early game.

First question should be, will you even be watching then follow up with who wins.

In case you have been under a rock- Pittsburgh at Washington and Edmonton at Anaheim.

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Before Game 7- Anaheim/Edmonton

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Game 7. Oh, boy.

It really is simple for them and has been for four years running. Whatever the round – first, second, third – the Ducks couldn’t close out a series to advance and didn’t play for the Stanley Cup because when it was left to winning Game 7, they didn’t.

All of the losses came at home. And so this latest all-or-nothing affair is, of course, at Honda Center on Wednesday night. Edmonton is the opponent this time, full of verve and confidence after administering its 7-1 destruction in Game 6.

The Oilers are eager to join Detroit (2013), the Kings (2014), Chicago (2015) and Nashville (2016) in shaking hands with some glum Ducks. The Ducks are tired of answering for past Game 7 failures. Their fans are tired of the same story played out, waiting and hoping for something different.

A seventh game was a logical endpoint for a team not wanting its championship window to close against an upstart team that is just cracking its window open. But it’s the Ducks who have a narrative they can change only by winning.

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

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This Is Leon Draisaitl

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As Draisaitl barges into second place in league playoff scoring with 6-10-16, one point behind Evgeni Malkin, the hockey world is being formally introduced to Edmonton’s second lethal weapon.

He is the Malkin to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the Perry to Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf. Or in this Northern Alberta city, perhaps the Mark Messier to Wayne Gretzky is a better fit.

“He’s been a horse,” marveled Zack Kassian, the mutton-chopped winger who also scored. “Sometimes he doesn’t get enough credit because he plays with 97. But we all know what he’s capable of.”

In Game 5, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan moved Draisaitl off of McDavid’s wing to centre a line with Milan Lucic and Anton Slepyshev. He put Drake Caggiula up with McDavid and Pat Maroon, and his Oilers have vastly been the better team ever since.

“He stepped up big,” Lucic said of Draisaitl. “We needed someone to step up and he’s stepped up — he came up huge for us when we needed it the most.”

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“Everything” Went Wrong For The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

When did things go so awfully, colossally off track for the Ducks on Sunday in the 7-1 spanking they absorbed from the Edmonton Oilers, a loss that will take this madly zigzagging series to a seventh game on Wednesday at Honda Center?

“Puck drop,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, truthfully.

What went wrong in a monstrosity of a first period that kept them from closing out the Oilers and advancing to the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators?

“Everything,” coach Randy Carlyle said, and again, there was no argument to be made.

How did this happen?

“That’s a good question,” winger Andrew Cogliano said, insightfully noting the Ducks’ inability to play the kind of simple and sound road game that was required in this situation. “It could have been 20-1, really.”

The actual final tally was bad enough, especially considering that NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid didn’t earn a point. Twelve of his teammates had at least one point each and winger-turned-center Leon Draisaitl recorded a hat trick and two assists, giving him 11 goals in 11 regular-season and playoff games against the Ducks this season. Overall it was an impressive effort from a team that felt — with reason — it had been on the wrong end of some calls on Friday in Game 5 at Anaheim before the Ducks won in double overtime.

“We didn’t come out and execute the way we need to and they did,” Getzlaf said.

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Afternoon Line- Fluto Shinzawa

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have not enjoyed playing against Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. Not many players do. McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins look like boy-band members next to the monstrous Ryans.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read about other hockey topics.

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