Predators, Ducks win away from advancing to Western finals

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They did not, but rather lost 4-3 in overtime.

Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula (36) fight during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The stage is set for a fantastic end to an entertaining series but even though the Ducks have the upper hand, they will have to raise their play to another level in Game 6 and possibly Game 7 if they want to avoid the mistakes of their past. They had their five minutes of outrage after the game, and then parked it. GM Peter Chiarelli, with a chance to scream injustice to anyone who would listen, calmly expressed frustration, not against the league, but over the fact that the calls went against them.

The tying goal with 15 seconds remaining in the game was a swirling vortex of chaos in front of Talbot's net. "We need our top players to be the best players and that goes (for) everybody from our goaltender right through our lineup, forwards and defense".

No kidding, although as Fowler said Sunday morning when asked if the harsh loss in Anaheim by the Oilers would carry over to Game 6, it's only one game in a daffy-Duck series. He now ranks second on the Oilers in playoff scoring behind Draisaitl, with 11 points. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid carries both a three-game goal-scoring streak and a bit of determination into Sunday's tilt.

Mark Letestu also scored twice and had two assists for the Oilers. So the Oilers were a team on a mission in Game 6.

No kidding. Vermette, who came to the Ducks this season, won 21 of 28 face-offs in Game 5 and at one time was 14-1.

"I wasn't very good", Gibson said.

The extra day between Games 6 and 7 could help the Ducks. And now they've got another Game 7 to face following an appalling answer to their Game 5 miracle. This makes 4 of the last 8 Ducks goals that should not have counted as far as the rules are concerned and that's a pretty big problem for the Oilers. It took until the second overtime period for the Ducks to complete the comeback, but they did.

While the Oilers can't be any more excited about the opportunity they've played themselves into, the Ducks are left to put on a courageous face for a game they never wanted.

The point here is as fun as game 5 was, that's a once in a lifetime comeback.

The Capitals need goalie Braden Holtby to pick up his game and come through with a stellar road effort. The puck is skated into the zone, passed off to Draisaitl, he passes it off to receive it back nearly immediately and snaps one home with a nice crisp wrist shot to finish off the hat trick before the second period was even over.

The Blues stayed alive in the second round by beating the Predators, 2-1 in St. Louis. The series win was right there. It wasn't enough to upset the Blackhawks in the first round. For 56:40 that was fine for an Oiler team trying to play in a defensive shell. Jaden Schwartz snapped a 1-1 tie 25 seconds into the third period on a rebound off a Colton Parayko (pah-RAY'-koh) shot. Washington has dominated in shots and been stymied by Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but it's up to Ovechkin and fellow stars Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie to finish, no matter what the line combinations are. They will build an advantage and keep the Caps at bay in the third period. It's the primary reason why they could be just 60 minutes from punching their ticket to the Conference Final. It's a great opportunity to play in games this big. That should be enough to force a seventh game unless Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stones NY. Reinhart, playing his first game for the Oilers this season, got an assist.

Whatever happens in Game 7 against Anaheim, the lost decade where young players came to Edmonton and learned how to lose is a thing of the past. Give me Edmonton to get the victory here.