Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, center, celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks with teammates Matt Irwin, right, and Viktor Arvidsson during the first period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conferen.
"They're a great team, and they've done a really good job in the playoffs this season and against us in the past", said Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano, who scored the tying goal in Game 7.
Forsberg created the possession with a steal against Nick Ritchie.
The Ducks meanwhile need to regroup after a less than stellar performance in the series opener, though if there is anything they can take from their game one loss is that they didn't play almost up to their potential and still managed to send the game to overtime.
Ducks goalie John Gibson was pulled from the net after surrendering three goals in the first 8:25 of the game.
The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, tied 3-3, meet in a deciding Game 7 of their NHL Western Conference playoff series on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. They took a 2-1 second-period lead on a goal from forward Austin Watson, the 15th Predators players to score through 11 playoff games.
Drake Caggiula had a goal and Cam Talbot made 28 saves for the Oilers, who fell to 3-3 all-time when playing Game 7 on the road.
"There is still a little bit of inconsistency in our game but we will grow up and fix that as we go along", McLellan said. Linemate Corey Perry also has come alive after a pedestrian regular season with a goal and five assists in the last four games versus Edmonton while 33-goal scorer Rickard Rakell tallied in four straight games against the Oilers. Obviously it's tough right now but throughout the year I feel we did a lot of good things.
Getzlaf ended a monster series without a point on his 32nd birthday, but he contributed to a stellar defensive effort against National Hockey League scoring champion Connor McDavid, who went scoreless in Game 7 and managed just five points in the series.
And this time of year wins are all that matter. That can sometimes be a problem, but I don't think it will be tonight. "We won't have to answer that experience question anymore, which is nice".
Brenden Dillon, San Jose: Solid playoff run with 1 assist, plus-1 in six games on third pairing.
After finishing off St. Louis in the second round last weekend and resting while the Ducks labored through seven games against Edmonton, Nashville capitalized on its fresh legs to win a predictably physical game between two hard-hitting powers.
The Ducks acknowledged that the young Oilers led by McDavid and Leon Draisaitl should be a force in the Pacific Division for years to come.
They showed grit and guile while bouncing back from a blowout loss in Game 6 and yet another early deficit in a seventh game, silencing the echoes of past winner-take-all events.
The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. "We'll turn the page on this one and get ourselves prepared for Sunday afternoon". "It's a phenomenal feeling". "Their success has come from fast starts and scoring quickly to put pressure on their opponents and we must avoid that".
Two injury notes for the Ducks. The Ducks won two of their three games (including one shootout win) and outscored the Predators 10-9 in those games. "During the playoffs, that's huge to get it from everybody".
Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, lower body), RW Patrick Eaves (Questionable, lower body), RW Logan Shaw (Questionable, lower body), D Simon Despres (Out Indefinitely, concussion), D Clayton Stoner (Out Indefinitely, abdominal).