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BLOG: Oilers shift focus to Game 6

by Ryan Frankson /

The Oilers are hoping they can force history to repeat itself as they trail 3-2 in their second-round series with the Anaheim Ducks.

The last four Ducks playoff exits have unfolded the exact same way. They were defeated in Game 6 on the road before being eliminated in Game 7 at home.

With back-to-back heartbreaking 4-3 overtime losses behind them, the Oilers are focused on tying the series at Rogers Place tomorrow and forcing a deciding seventh game on Wednesday.

"We know what's at stake, and you don't have to have a lot of experience to figure that out," said Head Coach Todd McLellan. "You've got to come and play. The one thing that our players will be told and need to understand is you don't have to win two games tomorrow, you only have to win one. That's our goal and we'll see what happens after that."

Whether it's been responding from a poor performance or battling back from an in-game deficit, resiliency has been one of Edmonton's greatest strengths this season. Coach McLellan expects that trend to continue on Sunday with their season on the line.

"It speaks to the leadership in the room and the belief system we've built," he said. "It hasn't gone our way throughout the season at certain points, but we always responded."

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