Ducks, Penguins advance to National Hockey League conference finals

Ducks, Penguins advance to National Hockey League conference finals

That is only slightly behind the marks of playoff veterans Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury. It will be Anaheim's first trip to the conference finals since 2015 and its second appearance since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. But the Ducks, who erased a slow start Wednesday with a powerful final two periods, are the ones who will advance to take on a similarly hot team in the Nashville Predators.

Rather than let the deflating opening goal and an offside call that canceled out Cam Fowler's apparent equalizer dictate the tempo, Anaheim responded with an onslaught of 16 shots in the second period. If the pressure of playing their first Game 7 in 11 years was getting to them, it wasn't apparent. We've taken huge steps forward and done that. Sami Vatanen found Ritchie in the near circle for his first point of the post-season, while Ritchie hadn't contributed a point since Game 3 against the Calgary Flames. "I was proud of our guys the way they battled though this whole series". Additionally, they even won the giveaways category although they didn't win the game. In those eight games, plus the Game 6 loss on Sunday, he has compiled zero goals and three assists. "We just came up short". "Did way better than what was expected so I'm happy". Some people, like Don Cherry, think "running up the score" was a bad thing.

It was far from Capitals hockey, which was on display in victories in Games 5 and 6. "Stay even keel, it doesn't really matter what's going on in the game", McDavid said.

"We didn't come into the playoffs just to play, we came in to win", he said. Just didn't do it.

Keeping the Caps frantic inside their own blue line, the defending title winners got an early goal from elimination-game stud Bryan Rust and added a much needed insurance goal in the third thanks to a backhander from Patric Hornqvist that caught Braden Holtby off guard.

We're not talking about a four-game sweep against a weak opponent - I'm not talking about the Blackhawks' implosion last month -but one in which either side could've won in five games.

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It was so close Ovechkin raised his arms thinking he'd scored. "He smiled and said 'Sure".

"I talk to my stick, maybe", Fleury said. "This is what you're supposed to say", said Letesu.

The Penguins thanked Fleury for yet another stellar performance.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said center Nate Thompson will play in Game 7 against Edmonton on Wednesday night after his status was in some question when he didn't practice Tuesday.

It's been an incredible run of poor fortune for Anaheim, which has gotten knocked out four straight years by losing Games 6 and 7. "We're not afraid to go into our building and play a solid hockey game". The reasons why are obviously debatable if you've spent any time watching me swear at goobers on Twitter. In fact, Perry and Getzlaf have lost 4 years in a row on heartbreaking Game 7 failures.

Fleury earned his ninth career playoff shutout, while Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots for Washington. Hagelin was a surprise scratch, replaced in the lineup by Scott Wilson. After an early exit from the first round of the 2016 playoffs, they advanced to the second round this year. F Carter Rowney replaced Tom Kuhnhackl (healthy scratch) on Pittsburgh's fourth line. In Game 7, the Ducks are going to have to find a way to beat Talbot or risk being beat by goaltending once again.