All season, the Anaheim Ducks talked about having a do-over in the postseason after letting a 3-2 series lead slip away to the Los Angeles Kings last year and falling in Game 7 at home.
Now, they'll have a chance to rewrite the story.
The Ducks are headed back to Anaheim with their season on the line after failing to put away the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. And they're going back home more confident than the last time they played in a win or go home situation.
"I think last year's Game 7 we were a bunch of Nervous Nellies," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said following a 5-2 loss in Game 6. "Hopefully that happened in Game 6 and won't carry over to Game 7."
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As if the task isn't tough enough, the Ducks will be looking to right the wrong against a Blackhawks team hoping to do the same after coming up a goal short from back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances a year ago against those same Kings.
One of the team's endings will turn out differently, and if it aren't the Ducks, they may look back at the missed opportunities early in Game 6.
The Ducks were rewarded with a power play in the opening minutes of the game, and held the Blackhawks — who struggled coming out of the gates for the second consecutive contest — to zero shots on goal in the first seven and a half minutes.
But the Ducks couldn't capitalize, and it came back to haunt them after the Blackhawks poured on three goals in a span of 3:45 in the second period.
"I thought the tension was there a little bit, and it started with me," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "I was terrible tonight."
The Ducks eventually got two of them back, displaying the resiliency that has gotten them this far.
But in the end, a three-goal deficit proved to be too much of a hole to climb out of, even for these Ducks.
“I think we chased the game a little bit too much tonight," forward Ryan Kesler said. "I think we let them dictate the second period. They score three quick ones, it’s tough to come back."
It applied to the Blackhawks in Game 6, but now it applies to both teams: it's do or die time. Both teams have been here before — although it's Anaheim's first this postseason — and both teams know what it takes to win.
For the Ducks, they just need to prove it.
"It’s going to take every guy in the room. We just need to go out there and outwork them," forward Kyle Palmieri said. "It’s going to be on our home ice in front of our fans. It is Game 7 to go to the Stanley Cup Final, so if you don’t bring your game then I don’t know what to say."
Getzlaf echoed those sentiments when asked how the Ducks can make sure this year's outcome is different from last year's.
"Get ready to play," he said.