Anaheim Ducks Eliminate Edmonton Oilers

USATSI_10050684_154158418_lowresThe Anaheim Ducks have eliminated the Edmonton Oilers from the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, taking home a 2-1 Game Seven victory to close out the series.

The Oilers battled hard, but Anaheim sat on strong defensive play to close out Wednesday’s game. Edmonton pressed in the final minutes and tried to push the puck past Ducks goalie John Gibson, but it was not to be.

Drake Caggiula had the lone goal for the Oilers, scoring at 3:31 of the first period for his third goal of the playoffs.

Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie had the goals for Anaheim.

The Ducks outshot the Oilers and played a more physical game, but Edmonton gutted it out all the same and gave Anaheim a run for its money. Connor McDavid played nearly 25 minutes in Game Seven, while Leon Draisaitl played 20:13.

Both were held pointless and the Ducks played hard hockey against them, which limited their shots and seemed to make them reluctant to take some chances.

But it’s hard to argue with how well the Oilers played through large patches of the series. The season was a great one for Edmonton and this young team has a lot to be proud of. They made a bold run for the Stanley Cup and McDavid has a bright future that cannot be denied. He learned a lot in the series and will be back next season with a heart of fire.

Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 28 saves in the loss, while Ducks goalie John Gibson made 23 saves.

Ryan Getzlaf had another stellar game for Anaheim. He put up 21:09 of ice time and won 58 percent of his faceoffs, while Ryan Kesler won 69 percent of his draws and skated for 18:38 of ice time. Rickard Rakell had 21:23 of ice time and had three shots on goal.

The Ducks will go on to face the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Final. Game One of that series will take place on Friday.

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