Game 7s were once an occasional form of advancement, not a stumbling block, for the
Before the 2009 playoffs, they were 2-1 when it came to Game 7s. Not a great sample size, but the Ducks managed series victories in 2006 (Calgary) and 1997 (Phoenix), and lost the 2003
Since then, the Ducks are 0-3 in series that extend to seven games. Last year, they lost to the
A closer look at those three playoff rounds as the Ducks attempt to avoid exiting in the seventh game at home for the third straight season.
It is down to one game, winner-take all, as they play host to the
2014: Kings 6, Ducks 2
Hero: "Mr. Game 7." Who else but the Kings'
Turning point: An unsuccessful penalty shot in the first period. Ducks right wing Corey Perry had a chance to get them back into it — with Anaheim trailing by two goals — but was denied by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick's poke check.
Of note: It would be the final
2013: Detroit 3, Ducks 2
Turning point: It came late in the first period on a short-handed effort by
Of note: An Anaheim victory would have meant the first meeting between the Kings and the Ducks in the playoffs. That would have to wait another year.
2009: Detroit 4, Ducks 3
Hero: Dan Cleary erased the need for overtime when he scored the winner with three minutes remaining in the third period. "It was a biggest goal I scored, considering the situation and the time," he said.
Turning point: Anaheim squandered an ideal opportunity to take the Detroit crowd out of it in the first period when the game was still scoreless, failing to do any damage on a five-on-three advantage.
Of note: The Blackhawks' Marian Hossa, who scored the second goal Wednesday in Game 6, was playing for the Red Wings in 2009. That would be his final campaign in Detroit. The following July, he signed a 12-year, front-loaded contract worth $62.8 million with the Blackhawks.