"But I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this year", McDavid said. But, as it had been throughout the series, it was Pittsburgh striking first through a Bryan Rust goal nearly halfway through the game. He has 114 points in 114 playoff games.
It made them better.
"We're having a backyard party", Terry Greanya said from his backyard Oilers party in the north Edmonton neighbourhood of Killarney Wednesday night. "Obviously this one is going to sting for a while".
The Capitals, mind you, have been the better team for the bulk of the series. "Come next season we'll find ourselves in a similar spot and be able to look back on this and feel that disappointment and know what that's like". The future is exciting for this team. Regardless of what happened in the past, the Oilers have an opportunity tonight to undo the damage done to them by those freakish non-interference calls. The second time, it appeared that Ryan Kesler grabbed Talbot during a scramble in the crease to prevent him from stopping the tying goal with 15 seconds left. Mark Letestu added two goals while Anton Slepyshev and Zack Kassian scored one each.
The 21-year-old collected 16 points in the Oilers' 13 playoff tilts, and was downright dominant at times against the Anaheim Ducks.
"He wasn't getting out of that one", defenceman Darnell Nurse said. I was pretty much in a death grip.
Macdonald expects the same will happen for this game, so fans who missed out on Tuesday's sale may yet have the chance to snag seats for the watch party.
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In the end, a veteran Anaheim team, determined to change its own history after all those Game 7 defeats, refused to let Edmonton become the fifth team in a row to beat them on that stage.
"I can go months without cursing, but in the context of a hockey game I drop F-bombs about every five minutes", Stein said. In 2013, the Ducks lost to them again in a hard-fought series.
Assuming Pittsburgh took Monday's Game 6 (played after deadline), can anyone truly be surprised by the elimination of the Washington Capitals?
Talbot came far out of the net a few minutes later to swat away a puck and break up a 2-on-0 opportunity.
Since the Ducks are going back home for game seven, losing may have actually been the smart choice by them. The same could be said for Andrew Cogliano, who scored the Ducks' other marker. Scheifele got ($6.125 million), MacKinnon got ($6.3 million), Monahan got ($6.375 million), Gaudreau got ($6.75 million). Talbot kept them in it, scrambling to make one big save after another.
The Anaheim Ducks know a lot about Game 7s in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Can anyone dispute the fact that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf should be considered a Conn Smythe Trophy frontrunner alongside Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson? The victory fell on his 32nd birthday. "It was fitting to end the way it did". But, as McDavid said, this is the bump in the road that often comes for teams with championship aspirations, and the refrain often repeated by teams who've climbed the playoff mountain is they had to lose first to learn how to win. The Ducks called a timeout with 1:03 remaining, and then held on. "That is a great team over there".
It's likely this season will be looked upon one day as the point when the Oilers jumped from league laughingstock and annual No. 1 overall pick-maker to legitimate Stanley Cup contender.