Not this time. Not this Game 7. And not in their barn. After 5 consecutive Game 7 losses, the Ducks were not going to let it happen again. Even if they got off to a bad start, and had Duck fans tripping and fearing the worst. And that was a bad start. The worst kind of actually, where Edmonton gets on the board first on a flukey goal to take the fans out of it.
And then Cam Fowler’s goal was waived off for off sides: didn’t matter. Not this crew. Because they stayed after it. After getting badly outshot in the first period, they came out and took it to the Oilers in the second period, outshooting them 16-3, and locked down Edmonton’s skill players; they were laying lumber, winning face-offs and putting shot after shot on Cam Talbot until the Ducks finally made a break of their own.; a scrum in front of the net finished by Andrew Cogliano finished.
And from there the Ducks did what makes them so dangerous. Skated wall to wall. Grinded. And locked up Edmonton terrors Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Edmonton is building a monster, but it just is not their time. Not when goalie John Gibson is standing on his head. And not when Ryan Getzlaf wouldn’t let them lose. They manned the hell up and for a night put the disappointment of all those Game 7’s behind them.
To have it happen again would have been crushing for this team and this franchise. But Getzlaf, Corey Perry and coach Randy Carlyle were not about to let that happen. Not this time. Not this Game 7. And not in their barn.