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Ducks exorcise playoff demons in Game 7 win over Oilers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — PRAISE BE THE HOCKEY GODS! THEM DEMONS HATH BEEN RUN OUT OF HONDA CENTER.

After four straight years of Games 7 losses at home, the Anaheim Ducks finally won a Game 7 in front of their home crowd. The Ducks narrowly defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1, and now move on to the Western Conference Final to face the Nashville Predators.

The victory on Wednesday night was the Ducks’ first Game 7 win since 2006 when the then-Mighty Ducks beat the Calgary Flames in the same round.

To be honest, the bar was set pretty low for the Ducks coming into the game.

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Ducks know Game 7 history, they just want to play

Just drop the puck already.

The Anaheim Ducks know the history, and don’t really want to talk about it anymore.

In the last four seasons they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs at home in Game 7. Now they face the same win-or-go golf scenario Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

Only four players remain from the start of the streak in 2013: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Andrew Cogliano. What was thought to be the key problem for the choking, Bruce Boudreau, is now gone, and replaced by Randy Carlyle.

Carlyle, Getzlaf, and Perry were on hand for the team’s last Game 7 win. It was 2006 in Calgary. The then-Mighty Ducks beat the Flames, 3-0. After sweeping the Colorado Avalanche the next round, Anaheim met up with the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final. The Oilers beat the Mighty Ducks, only to lose in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. That was the last time the Oilers were in the playoffs.

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Ducks lose Game 6 (again); forced to win Game 7 at home (again)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Anaheim Ducks have a chance to close out a series in six games. Instead of doing so, they gag on the opportunity and are forced to play a Game 7 on home ice.

The miracle comeback win in Game 5 did not weigh on the Edmonton Oilers at all. Instead, the Ducks couldn’t get out of their own way to change history as they were annihilated by the Oilers, 7-1.

“Everything,” replied a red-faced Randy Carlyle when asked what went wrong with his team in the Oilers’ five goal first period. “[The Oilers scored] on basically their first three chance to score … We weren’t able to recover.”

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Andrej Sekera out for remainder of series against Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers face a do-or-stay home Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening. The team will be without the services of defenseman Andrej Sekera.

Head coach Todd McLellan ruled out Sekera for Game 6, and should the Oilers win, a possible Game 7 back in Anaheim. The Oilers did not reveal the nature of the injury; however, the Edmonton Journal reports Sekera sustained a left-leg injury.

In the first period of Game 5, the 6-foot, 198-pound Sekera went shoulder-to-shoulder hit with the 6-foot-4, 221-pound raging bull Ryan Getzlaf, sending the Oiler d-man into the boards.

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Corey Perry caps off Ducks record-setting comeback with double OT goal (Video)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — No doubt about it: Corey Perry had a horrible regular season (by Corey Perry standards) and was off to a relatively lackluster start in the playoffs.

He was as invisible as the flesh colored beard on his face.

The one-time 50 goal scorer has two goals in the playoffs (7 points all together). Yes, that doesn’t seem like much, but considering the magnitude of the goals, they’re kind of a big deal.

The first was scored in overtime against the Calgary Flames when the Ducks overcame a three goal deficit to win in overtime.

The second came after the Ducks record setting three goals in 3:01 to tie the game. Pushed into double-overtime, Perry netted the game winner.

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Sorry ladies, Rogers Place prefers happy male fans

There are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and long lines for the restroom (translated to Canadian it’s ‘washroom’) at intermission during a hockey game.

In Game 3 of the Edmonton Oilers series against the Anaheim Ducks, female patrons found their wait for the restroom went from five to ten minutes to nearly half an hour.

Particularly bad batch of poutine circulating through concessions? Nope.

Rogers Place management decided to convert some women’s restrooms into men’s restrooms.

Turns out, the men folk don’t like waiting in lines when they’ve got to hit the head, so they complained. Rogers Place was happy to acquiesce … at the expense of the women in attendance.

The reason?

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‘Individual miscues’ lead to Oilers Game 3 loss to Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers had a spectacular start to Game 3. It all began with the anthems.

The crowd took over singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ when the anthem singer’s mic died. They kept it up during ‘O Canada.’ The energy radiating from the arena was felt by everyone watching, at home or in Rogers Place.

“We didn’t take advantage of the energy that was around us early in the game,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after the game.

He’s not kidding. Twenty five seconds after the puck dropped, it was in the back of the net. The wrong net.

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Ducks do nearly everything right except for winning the game

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks players wear t-shirts around the locker room with the words “BODIES BODIES BODIES” written on the back.

Unless they’re taking a collection of said bodies in the bowels of Honda Center, the statement is probably in reference to one of the main tenets of Randy Carlyle’s coaching style: get bodies to the front of the net.

The message rang true for the Ducks on Friday night. Despite outshooting the Oilers 40-23, the Anaheim lost, 2-1.

The Ducks played overwhelmingly better in Game 2 than they did in Game 1, but the start wouldn’t indicate that.

Andrej Sekera gave the Oilers the lead 1:05 into the game.

It was a soft goal by Gibson.

When Gibson was asked in the post-game scrum about the goal, he answered with, “It just went in the net.”

(THANKS CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!)

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Oilers, Ducks preach discipline; Kevin Bieksa out for Game 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — According to Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers is the most important game of the season.

“He says that a lot, just so you know,” laughed Ryan Getzlaf after the team’s morning skate. “It’s Game 2. We’re in the playoffs, every game is the most important game.”

The coach’s mantra takes on a bit more meaning now. For the first time in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs the Ducks are trailing in a series.

In playoffs of season past, Anaheim would hit the panic button when the first signs of adversity came about. Not so much now. A loss Friday night means Edmonton heads home with a two game advantage.

“We’re confident in our game. We’re confident in our ability,” said a monotone Ryan Kesler. “There’s no panic right now. We’ve got to win the next one.”

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Penalty kill, ‘fluky goal’ ends Ducks regulation win streak

ANAHEIM, Calif. — All good things must come to an end.

For the Anaheim Ducks, their 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers sees their four game playoff win streak come to a halt, and hands the team their first loss in regulation since March 10.

“There were a couple fluky goals, couple of breakdowns and an empty netter,” said Cam Fowler. “Credit to them, they took advantage of their opportunities tonight.”

Those opportunities came on the power play. Anaheim gave the Oilers five opportunities to cash in with the extra man. They did so twice.

“When we’re giving five power plays a night to them, it’s hard to kill,” said Ryan Getzlaf. “Our PK’s got to do a little bit better job. We’ve got to work together a little bit better, and we’ll find ways to shut down their power play.”

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