Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds

Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds

Pekka Rinne and company have annihilated the competition, sweeping the heavily favored Chicago Blackhawks and making nearly equally as quick work of the St. Louis Blues.

"In the next five years, we'll definitely have our hands on the cup", she said. Rinne's goal-against average in 10 games is 1.37.

Pittsburgh still leads the series 3-2 going home for Game 6 Monday night, so the pressure remains on Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington, but finally cracking Fleury could make all the difference.

This was the first game seven for the Oilers franchise in more than a decade and coach Todd McLellan said he liked the way his players competed.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled to be played at Honda Center on Sunday.

Rinne was just warming up.

Anaheim's quick turnaround begins Friday night with Game 1 against their new opponent, the Nashville Predators, who have been waiting patiently for what seems like weeks. Talbot got turned around as Ryan Kesler was attacking the crease before ending up face down on the ice and in no position to stop Cogliano's soft backhand swat of a loose puck. He already has three assists in the postseason.

"It was exactly what you saw, " Neal said.

"I can go months without cursing, but in the context of a hockey game I drop F-bombs about every five minutes", Stein said. It is incredible how this team's defense really can turn into its best offense. "He's a weapon for us".

Still, it would have been valuable to force the Predators to play from behind in a series for the first time in these playoffs.

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This time, however, they passed any regret on to the young Oilers, who were left thinking about the three-goal lead they gave away in the final 3:16 of regulation of Game 5 among the critical turning points.

Ryan Kesler, Ducks - Kesler assisted on the game's first goal Wednesday.

The Smash Car invites fans to smash a car painted with the opposing teams' logos prior to the games to raise money for the Nashville Predators Foundation, which means the art being created Thursday will be destroyed over the next ten days.

That back-end might have overwhelmed its counterpart in Chicago and St. Louis, but the Predators may find more of a match in Anaheim. Of course, that's the reward you get for finishing your business. Nashville D Ryan Ellis is the first defensemen to record a seven-game point streak in the postseason since 1998.

It was chippy from the first period. Nashville's tight checking and zealous forechecking was rewarded when Filip Forsberg, plus-10 for the playoffs coming in, tapped in a point shot from defenseman Matt Irwin.

Special teams have become a mini-crisis: Randy Carlyle's squad hasn't scored a power play goal in two full weeks. Jake Guentzel delayed, drifting toward the left side of the net with the puck before dishing it off to Rust in the slot.

While Rinne was Rinne, Ducks goalie John Gibson was no slouch. But the Ducks would eventually get one by him when Andrew Cogliano tied the score 8:55 into the middle period. Their proficiency on draws paid off in the form of defenseman Hampus Lindholm's equalizer off an offensive-zone faceoff in the third period. But then Getzlaf and Thompson drew consecutive delay of game penalties for flipping the puck over the glass.

The Ducks pulled out the post-season's most dramatic comeback thus far in Game 5, clawing back from a 3-0 deficit in the latter half of the third period before completing their effort in double-overtime.

The Ducks then spent the rest of the game in Nashville's end, to no avail.

"We're not in this position moving on if he doesn't play the way he did", said captain Sidney Crosby, who assisted on Bryan Rust's opening goal.