Finally shaking that Game 7 struggle meant it was time to break out an all-time great to celebrate.
As part of their #PaintItOrange playoff campaign, the Anaheim Ducks have a countdown for the number of wins it takes to win the Stanley Cup and after Wednesday, No. 9 was the next one to go. So they brought in another No. 9, Paul Kariya.
Kariya, along with Kai Quinonez who skated with the team in 2015 through Make-A-Wish, got out their rollers and crossed out the nine.
Kariya hasn't made any team appearances since he retired in 2010, according to the Orange County Register, though he has continued to contribute to the Ducks' charitable efforts. Kariya played for the Ducks from its inception in 1993 to 2003.
The Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Wednesday in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round, breaking a streak of Game 7 losses at home. Anaheim had been eliminated from the playoffs the past four seasons in a Game 7 loss at Honda Center.