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Is there anything better than a Game 7? In their 18-year history, the Nashville Predators had never participated in a Game 7. On April 27, they finally got a chance to play in one and they made it a memorable occasion for Music City.
Since losing Game 6 in Nashville on April 25, the Anaheim Ducks were asked for nearly 48 straight hours about their NHL record three consecutive Game 7 losses after holding a 3-2 lead in a series. As a result, the Ducks were not only playing the Preds that night, they were playing themselves. Fortunately for Nashville, they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad each potted goals in the opening period to further raise questions about whether or not the Ducks could shake their Game 7 jinx.
Anaheim made things interesting in front of their home crowd at Honda Center when Ryan Kesler — who else? — netted his fourth goal of the playoffs to pull his team within one at the start of the third. Pekka Rinne made 14 saves in the final frame (and 36 total) to keep his team on top and give them a berth in the Western Conference Semifinals.
It was Nashville’s first ever Game 7, first ever Game 7 win and third ever trip to the second round. It was also the second best moment of the 2015-16 Predators season.
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