Getzlaf also said this particular party is already over, however.
It was a major momentum shift from Game 5 on Friday, when the Ducks pulled off a miracle in the dying minutes and erased a 3-0 deficit with three goals while Gibson was on the bench for an extra attacker, sending the game to double overtime and an eventual 4-3 Ducks win. The town known as Music City has grabbed hold of the Nashville Predators with stars lining up to sing the national anthem or sing with the house band.
Anaheim will host the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference final on Friday.
Added Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler: "We fought for home ice in the playoffs for a specific reason and we need to go back and use it to our advantage".
Ritchie scored the tiebreaker, John Gibson made 23 saves and the Ducks ended their streak of five straight Game 7 losses with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the second time in three years.
Rinne and the wild-card Predators won that series in seven games, prompting coach Randy Carlyles return to Anaheim and a renewed focus on playoff mental strength. Anaheim lost the first two games of its series with Edmonton but battled back and advanced when it won a Game 7 for the first time in six tries. The good news for Anaheim is that they won't have to defend Connor McDavid in the Conference Final. This is the Predators' first trip to the conference finals and they aren't merely happy to be here. That's more than half of McDavid's total ice time, including special teams play, where 1-on-1 match-ups become harder to maintain (Josh Manson and Hampus Lindholm got the McDavid assignment on defense).
It doesn't take a betting genius to know the Washington Capitals will be the favorites in the first game of the night.
And the way the Ducks rallied was even more impressive.
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It wasn't immediately clear how the shooter was taken down, but a report via 10News told of the shooter fatally shooting himself. Of note, Hartless had also been implicated in a case of domestic violence and had been granted early recently release from jail.
The Oilers opened the scoring 3:31 into game. "But we did a good job of matching that and being physical on our own and continuing to push", said Predators forward Austin Watson, who gave Nashville a 2-1 lead 2:42 into the second period on a swift and precise passing play.
Big-game resilience hasn't always been Anaheim's strength during the past half-decade.
Still, even pushing the five-time defending division champion Ducks to a Game 7 was a victory as far as Talbot was concerned.
The first-ever postseason series between Southern California's two National Hockey League franchises seemed set on a dramatic finale to end a back-and-forth Western Conference semifinal.
Ryan Kesler, Ducks - Kesler assisted on the game's first goal Wednesday. The consummate playmaker has been looking for his shot with urgency, and he has cemented his role as a steadying presence in Anaheim's dressing room.
Russian hockey officials announced that Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin played through injury before Washington was eliminated from the NHL playoffs in the second round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
You can call it a revenge series for the Ducks, who probably still remember last year's seven-game series loss, but a revenge series is on the back burner with a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.
"We were sort of stuck in that two- and three-goal area and in a very important moment in the third period obviously in an important game, our guys delivered against him, so I think that gives us a boost of confidence". "It will be a tough road but we are up to the challenge".
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