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Anaheim looks to avoid the dreaded game 7

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

Round 2 Game #6

Anaheim Ducks @ Edmonton Oilers

Sunday, May 7th, 4:00 PM PST

Rogers Place

TV: NBCSN, TVAS, SN

Radio: Mighty 1090AM, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Copper N’ Blue


Let’s take a moment to laugh at the Edmonton Oilers.

Now let’s all laugh again at Keith Jones.

Maybe a little chuckle for those fans who left early on Friday.

How about one more knee slapper at Milan Lucic for whining after the game.

Now that we have laughed at all the Anaheim haters, complainers, and disbelievers, let us bring our attention to game 6. This series is certainly not over, and the Ducks know that probably better than anyone. There is no need to bring back old heartaches but let’s just say Ducks hockey is weary of the number 7.

A common theme in this second round matchup has been each side responding to adversity. In game 1 the Oilers still won despite blowing a two goal lead. In game two the Ducks furiously pushed after trailing by two. Once in Edmonton, the Ducks jumped up three, the Oilers answered three right back, but Chris Wagner would reply seconds after the McDavid goal. Game 4, Edmonton blows a lead, ties it late, the Ducks respond to win in OT. Game 5, the Ducks pulled off that miracle (still not over it) and yet in the first overtime, the Oilers controlled most of the play. Both of these teams have been pretty resilient mentally.

Expect nothing different. The Oilers should come out to play the game of their lives, and the Ducks had better be ready for it. In the last game, Connor McDavid looked like he could do whatever he wanted. Kesler needs to hound that man. Another concern was the Ducks power play. There was not a whole lot of movement, and every shot found a defender and not the net. Also, why is the second period usually so awful?

The point here is as fun as game 5 was, that’s a once in a lifetime comeback. In order for the Ducks to punch their ticket to the WCF, they’ll need to capitalize when they’re dominating. This game should be a physical tilt. The Oilers are seeking to avenge total embarrassment and elimination while Anaheim looks to avoid the demons of their own arena and end this thing.

Let’s Go Ducks.