His.908 SP for the post-season is the worst of any goaltender that advanced past the opening round, and he's going to need to find his regular season form if Anaheim wants to get through to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2006-07.
Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano, left, celebrates after scoring past Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot during the second period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesd. But in a short, seven-game (or less) series, Anaheim will always be a cold streak, injury or inexplicable drop pass away from disaster. They have also proved they can rally from a multi-game series deficit, having dropped the first two against Edmonton in the last round.
After defeating the St. Louis Blues in six games, the Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks in overtime by a score of 3-2 for their first Western Conference Final game in franchise history. "So just take advantage of it. Know what's at stake".
Case and point - Anaheim's Nate Thompson won a crucial face-off in Nashville's zone with less than 13 minutes to go in regulation, sent it back to Hampus Lindholm, who promptly put it right past Pekka Rinne to tie the game at 2-2.
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By contrast Nashville wrapped up their National Hockey League quarter-final series early and came into game one of the semi-finals at the Honda Center arena after four days rest. The Predators will be pretty much unbeatable as long as they can tilt the ice like that while Rinne is at the top of his game.
"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. If Rinne keeps playing like this, the Ducks are going to have to up their game to win this series after getting outshot, 46-29. "It will be a tough road but we are up to the challenge". A notion that the Oilers would one day look back at this second-round series as the moment this team learned what it was capable of in the playoffs. He enters the Western Conference finals with a.908 save percentage. "I don't think that we can afford to have the start that we had today", Carlyle told the newspaper. "With all four lines they got good pressure and when they establish that cycle and pin Anaheim in, they're hard on them and that burns up minutes and stresses Anaheim's defense".
Anaheim will host the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference final on Friday.
"We'll be back", McDavid said. Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is a must-watch every time he hops over the boards, and he has put up seven points in 10 playoff games so far. Ellis is the current player in that rotation as he leads the team in scoring whilst manning the blue line. The teams last played on March 7 in Anaheim, a 4-3 Ducks shootout win. Watson one-timed a slap shot off a cross-ice feed from Johansen that deflected off Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen and into the net with Ekholm earning the additional assist. Caps in five. Wrong on both team and games - I predicted Capitals in five... "We got a well rounded group".
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Rinne is huge, but his mobility and puck-handling skills make him even more daunting. That easily bested Nashville's mark of 2.80 goals per game, but there's a reason the Predators didn't have to come up with as many goals - they weren't letting any in. "We were fresh, we had a couple good days of practice".
While Rinne appears to be at the peak of his skills again, his counterpart still has something to prove.
This coming 48 hours after a stingy 2-1 win in Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers. Games one and two are in Pittsburgh on Saturday and Monday. And their offense is just far too top-heavy for my liking.
Both teams fought early for control in the OT period and after a close call in front of the Anaheim net, James Neal closed the game with a shot that deflected off of the Duck's Corey Perry and into the goal for the Nashville win at the 9:24 point of the period.
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Rob Zastryzny was optioned to Chicago's top farm club. "Right now we're looking probably at the end of the week". Alderson said the right-hander had been sent home, but declined further comment.
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