Ducks Beat Oilers in Game 7 Behind Nick Ritchie's 3rd-Period Goal

Ducks Beat Oilers in Game 7 Behind Nick Ritchie's 3rd-Period Goal

Ducks Beat Oilers in Game 7 Behind Nick Ritchie's 3rd-Period Goal

Right now he's 1-0.

NBCSN's Game 7 doubleheader continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Connor McDavid and the (2) Edmonton Oilers look to advance to their first Western Conference Final since 2006 with a win against Ryan Getzlaf and the (1) Anaheim Ducks, who last appeared in the Conference Final in 2015. They did so with a stifling performance over the past two periods that might have gone unrewarded without Ritchie's bullet.

Ritchie scored the tiebreaker, John Gibson made 23 saves and the Ducks ended their streak of five straight game-seven losses, downing the Oilers to reach the western finals again.

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Ritchie moved up to the line featuring Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, a line on which he's played frequentoy, and responded appropriately.

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. He's hoping the team gets off to a similar start as Game 6.

With the teams that score first in Game 7s posting an all-time record of 125-42, it looked like it be a fatal wound.

Ritchie beat Cam Talbot 3:21 into the third period, his second career playoff goal putting the Ducks ahead in a game seven for the first time in five years - and ahead of the Oilers for the first time in almost 193 minutes since late in game four.

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There was no empty nest at Rogers Place on Wednesday as Edmonton faced the Anaheim Ducks - more than 18,000 tickets for the watch party for the last game of the series flew out the door in two minutes. Anaheim's offence ignited through the final 40 minutes and put way too much pressure on the Oilers. Full of destiny, it trickled through Gibson's legs into the net, and Caggiula got credit for his third goal of the playoffs. The other was scored after the Ducks dug themselves a 5-0 hole to the Kings in 2014.

The Ducks picked up their play after that, with no immediate reward.

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot has been strong this series.

"That's our message", said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle following the bloodbath.

At the end of the period, Edmonton's David Desharnais got inside position for a serious shot against Gibson, and Vatanen hooked him to deny that opportunity.

"We're having a backyard party", Terry Greanya said from his backyard Oilers party in the north Edmonton neighbourhood of Killarney Wednesday night. The third-year forward has been unstoppable against Anaheim, registering 11 goals and 10 assists in 11 games against the Ducks this campaign.

Anaheim was inches away from tying the game late in the period, as the officials correctly saw that the puck barely crossed over the blue line to go offsides before Cam Fowler retrieved it and fired a shot past Talbot. It's amusing how so many Californians figure the 2016 federal election was fixed yet they find the notion of a crooked sports series to be incredulous. "(McDavid) and Draisaitl are as good as you're going to get.

Ritchie scored the game victor at 3:21 of the third when he rifled a high shot past Oiler goalkeeper Cam Talbot from the slot. Anaheim was without two key injured veterans. With Neal, Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, the Preds do have some firepower of their own, yet are averaging just 2.8 goals per game - lowest of the remaining four playoff teams.

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