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Ducks vs Oilers Game 7 PREVIEW: Believe

The dignity of the franchise rests on one game

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Round 2 Game #7

Anaheim Ducks @ Edmonton Oilers

Wednesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM PST

Honda Center


Radio: Mighty 1090AM,

Your Enemy: Copper N’ Blue

Ouch. After what will go down as one of the greatest combacks in NHL history, Anaheim put on their best Avalanche impersonation. From pure jubilation to total inhalation, the boys from OC have taken us on an emotional roller coaster. As a wise friend of mine said, “sports should not have this much control of my emotions.” But that’s not how it goes. These are our local heroes, the ones all of your kids look up to and the team that makes you hug someone in the stands who you just met.

For any team to claim the Cup they must face their greatest fears and conquer them. And here it is: Game 7.

Leon “Duck Killer” Draisaitl put up a whopping five points in game 6, which included a hattie. John Gibson looked like a lost tourist at Disneyland, the urgency was simply not there, and every skater was wearing cement boots, which made the Oilers look like a speed skating team. All of this chaos went down and yet, Connor McDavid didn’t touch the score sheet. The game plan? Don’t do that.

Respond by playing Ducks hockey. As I said in the last preview, both of these clubs have been great at throwing the past behind them and showing mental toughness. Slow them down in the neutral zone, initiate, don’t retaliate, and force them to grind. This game has more than the season riding on it, people’s jobs may be on the line. Perhaps Getzy and Perry’s legacy too.

You know the history, and we are all struggling to have faith. If you have any superstitions that actually work, it is your duty to do them. If that’s not watching the game, you don’t watch the game. If you’re in the Pond, make the place crazy loud and will the boys to a win.

Believe. Let’s Go Ducks.