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Lesson Learned: Youthful Oilers bounced from playoffs by experienced Ducks

14 Mai 2017

In this April 17, 2017, file photo, country music star Carrie Underwood performs the national anthem before Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks, in Nashville, Tenn.

P.K. Subban #76 of the Nashville Predators jumps on and hugs teammate James Neal #18 after Neal scored the game-winning goal.

Ryan Ellis - Nashville's puck-moving blueliner was on the ice for the first goal against in a 3-2 overtime win in Game One at Anaheim, but he also had a game-high 12 shot attempts (7 SOG). "You get some momentum right away". John Gibson has been pulled twice this series for Jonathan Bernier, including Sunday's Game 6 rout in which he got chased in the first period after allowing three goals.

In the rematch, the Ducks hope to show the Predators what they learned last spring. "And then get mentally and physically refreshed, and come Wednesday, I expect us all to be ready to play".

"That experience for us moving forward is going to be very, very helpful".

Of course, before they can win the Stanley Cup they have to get through the Western Conference final series, which begins Friday at Anaheim (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network).

Watson became the 15th member of the Predators to score a goal in this season's playoffs, a franchise record and a testament to the offensive balance achieved by a team that has always been known more for its goaltending and defensive excellence than its scoring.

"It is going to be a battle every night and we are fighting for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup so everyone in our room is going to do whatever it takes". Both times I've played them, it's been a six-game series and a seven-game series. Obviously it's tough right now but throughout the year I feel we did a lot of good things.

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The Predators have advanced largely on the strength of their stellar corps of defensemen in front of Rinne.

After four years of agony and more than a decade of fruitless game sevens, the Ducks are finally the victors of a winner-take-all game - and they're halfway to another Stanley Cup.

- The Predators controlled possession for most of this game, coming in waves at what looked like a exhausted opponent that had just finished a seven-game series with Edmonton.

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. "I just go out and try to play my best game and try to be the best player I can be", Draisaitl said.

This stat shows you the offense wasn't doing great or frightful, they just couldn't get anything going.

This would make for the most exciting series of the two possibilities. Carlyle has warned his players to think of Rinne as a third defenseman on the ice capable of starting a rush with a breakout pass. Pekka Rinne leads all goaltenders this postseason with a dazzling 1.37 goals-against average and a.951 save percentage. "Stay even keel, it doesn't really matter what's going on in the game", McDavid said.

While Rinne appears to be at the peak of his skills again, his counterpart still has something to prove. "Nobody panicked. I thought we had a really good start, really good first period, and then they scored the first goal". He anchors one of the NHL's most effective shutdown lines with forwards Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg.

While the top line of Viktor Arvidsson-Ryan Johansen-Filip Forsberg only had 7 combined points in the series, they were a threat the entire time, using speed and skill to generate plenty of scoring chances.

Lesson Learned: Youthful Oilers bounced from playoffs by experienced Ducks