Sports psychologists think youthful Oilers are ready for pressure of Game 7

  • Sports psychologists think youthful Oilers are ready for pressure of Game 7

Sports psychologists think youthful Oilers are ready for pressure of Game 7

Additionally, Anaheim has gotten some favor or momentum going their way in the 2017 NHL Playoffs. Right now he's 1-0.

The Oilers are 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall while the Ducks are 13-3 in their last 16 following a loss of three or more and 20-7 in their last 27 overall.

Unlike the Capitals, the Anaheim Ducks were all about making up for their recent postseason woes on Wednesday, overcoming a shaky 1-0 first-period hole to clamp down on the offensively loaded Edmonton Oilers and claim both a 2-1 victory and trip to the Western Conference finals.

Weilan said she followed the Oilers when she was younger and Wayne Gretzky was playing. Keep this in mind too: Carlyle's decision to move Nick Ritchie back up to the first line with Getzlaf and Corey Perry midway through Game 7 against the Oilers resulted in Ritchie's scoring the winning goal.

The lifted pressure was evident in the Ducks' dressing room, and the cherry on top was Getzlaf's 32nd birthday. He's hoping the team gets off to a similar start as Game 6.

Returning to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, the Oilers made an outstanding name for themselves.

They also had not won a Game 7 of any kind since a 3-0 shutout at Calgary in 2006.

Even though they defeated the Edmonton Oilers in a comeback to take Game 5 in overtime, the Ducks dropped Game 6 in a horrifying 7-1 decision, allowing the Oilers to force Game 7.

The Oilers and Ducks are tied 3-3 in the second round of the playoffs.

What went wrong for the Ducks, apart from and ice-cold Gibson?

The Ducks picked up their play after that, with no immediate reward. I think Peter Chiarelli's going to do a good job with the team moving forward. But it was Fleury, who made stop after stop against Washington's almost 30 shots on goal, not to mention his fellow blueliners, who did the dirty work to send the Caps home for the second consecutive season.

Fleury thought it was the Penguins' best team game of the playoffs, a theory that teammates and coach Mike Sullivan echoed.

At the end of the period, Edmonton's David Desharnais got inside position for a serious shot against Gibson, and Vatanen hooked him to deny that opportunity.

"Injuries are part of the game", Fowler said. That has not held true for the Ducks of late when it comes to playoff series finales.

They fell behind the Edmonton Oilers early on in the first period on an unlucky goal from Drake Caggiula, and things looked like they were heading south right away for the Ducks. Andrew Cogliano established possession from behind the net, and Hampus Lindholm shot from the left wing. It was the second goal of the series for the rookie forward, who was the most valuable player in the NCAA tournament previous year while leading the University of North Dakota to the championship. It's like a sprint - if you're a sprinter, you want to make sure you have a good start.

Five-time Emmy Award-winner Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), who won his fourth consecutive Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play at last night's Sports Emmy Awards, will call tonight's Pens-Caps Game 7 from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Emrick will be joined by U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire ('Inside-the-Glass analyst). Anaheim was without two key injured veterans.