Mark Letestu

Ducks exorcise their Game 7 demons and rally to defeat Oilers

Ducks exorcise their Game 7 demons and rally to defeat Oilers

The catharsis showed in the open-armed celebration by Andrew Cogliano, the short leap by Nick Ritchie into Sami Vatanen, and the giddy hops over the bench as the buzzer sounded.

As much as the Ducks downplayed their previous four Game 7 losses that hung around their necks like a wet rope, the release was clear on their faces Wednesday night.

The hex was officially removed at 9:38 p.m. with a 2-1 win at Honda Center in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers.

Ritchie’s third-period goal put the Ducks into the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators and ended a string of four Game 7 losses at home.

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