Nashville advances to the WCF for the first time, and the Oilers lay a ridiculous asskicking on the Ducks to force a Game 7 last night. Tonight, it's another team looking to change their narrative as the Capitals try to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 of their own against the Penguins.
NASHVILLE 3 ST LOUIS 1 (Predators win 4-2)
A Ryan Johansen goal in the 3rd gave the Preds the lead and a Calle Jarnkrok goal sealed the deal as Nashville moves on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history. For the Blues, a roller coaster season comes to an end, but there's a lot of positives to build off for next season. Jake Allen, while inconsistent at times showed he could be a number one goalie, and the play of guys like Jaden Schwartz, Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko show a bright future.
For the Predators, it's uncharted territory as they await the winner of last night's other game, and either one is going to be a heck of a challenge. A couple days rest may give them a bit of an advantage though.
EDMONTON 7 ANAHEIM 1 (Series tied 3-3)
Anaheim may have a Cup win in their past, but there may not be a team out there (and yes that includes the Canucks) who have Game 7 failure attached to their DNA like the Ducks. And after an Embarrassing Performance following, well, an embarrassing performance by the Oilers in that 3rd period collapse the other night, the pressure is solely on Anaheim to try and keep it from a 6th straight Game 7 loss. And folks, if they don't find a way to stop Leon Draisaitl, this Series is over. The German has been an absolute force for the Oilers, with 5 points last night alone.
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