Around the NHL: Predators Advance; Oilers, Ducks to Meet in Game 7

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The lost decade where young players came to the Oilers and learned how to lose is a thing of the past.

Then, suddenly, McDavid stood up, slapped Draisaitl's shoulder, and motioned to the dressing room.

That means the Oilers are going to be an extremely tough out when the puck drops Wednesday night.

"If we're not confident then what are we doing here, really?" said Draisaitl, after the optional skate Sunday morning. "That shows the leadership that he has. We bounce back from stuff like that".

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli also said to Sportsnet.ca and other media outlets that "there is a frustration level building" but only because of the calls that have went against them and not because of anything done by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department or the process it uses to rule on reviews.

People are already forgetting there are a dozen players making their Stanley Cup debuts this season. "You can't do it on one man's shoulders".

After an emotional and incredible Game 5 comeback win in Anaheim, the Ducks had a chance to put away the Oilers and advance to the conference final on Sunday night. Smith had 12 goals and 17 assists during the regular season.

Draisaitl continued to beat the Ducks like a rented mule this season, with his first career hat trick and two helpers, as his dad was visiting from Europe, and now has 13 points in the six series games.

"Obviously, you feel more comfortable in your building", Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said.

"He's been a horse", said Zack Kassian. It's a lot easier if you have the puck. "But we know the challenge that's in front of us as well".

"The big test is coming up", Edmonton head coach Todd McLellan said. The 1997 Oilers had the first such rally in Game 3 of the 1997 quarterfinals against Dallas, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Biggest game of your life, Draisaitl was asked? The most challenging shot came from Leon Draisaitl on a breakaway. The third goal was the most confusing. "When he starts playing like he can, I think our whole team just follows suit".

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen lies on the ice as the puck bounces out of the net after Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen scored the winning goal during the third period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

That loss likely left a mark on the Oilers, but the problem was, they never slowed down enough in the first period for anyone to spot the damage.

They wound up with five in the opening 20 minutes, one off the club record for a period, en route to a 7-1 victory. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with five goals, Leon Draisaitl has eight assists and Mark Letestu has 26 shots on goal. John Gibson has given up 24 goals on 273 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed zero goals on 16 shots. Andrej Sekera was shaken up on a seemingly routine check from Getzlaf with an apparent left leg injury. "We proved that to each other tonight". They wanted it and they outplayed us and outclassed us. "It paid off that we can keep this calmness to the group". "I have to contribute in the way I'm expected to contribute", said Gryba, who hasn't played since the first game of the playoffs against San Jose.

On Cinco De Mayo, The Edmonton Oilers thought they had an unbreakable death grip on Game 5 in Anaheim.

The Ducks, by contrast, have played a Game 7 in each of the last four years and lost all of them at home.

When did things go so awfully, colossally off track for the Ducks on Sunday in the 7-1 spanking they absorbed from the Edmonton Oilers, a loss that will take this madly zigzagging series to a seventh game on Wednesday at Honda Center?

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