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Edmonton Oilers force Game 7 after devastating the Ducks in 7-1 win

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WATCH ABOVE: The Edmonton Oilers' backs were up against the wall but they not only survived Game 6 against the Ducks, they dominated. Leon Draisaitl, Cam Talbot, Eric Gryba, Zack Kassian, Milan Lucic, Mark Letestu, Griffin Reinhart and coach Todd McLellan spoke to reporters after the game – May 8, 2017

The Edmonton Oilers are forcing the Anaheim Ducks to face their Game 7 playoff demons.

Their Western Conference semifinal is going the distance after Edmonton’s decisive 7-1 victory Sunday.

The winner of Wednesday’s Game 7 in Anaheim meets the Nashville Predators in the conference final.

Leon Draisaitl led the Oilers with a hat trick with Mark Letestu scoring twice for the hosts. Edmonton also got goals from Zach Kassian and Anton Slepychev in front a euphoric wall of orange at Rogers Place.

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot turned away 34-of-35 shots for the win.

“Obviously the season was on the line and we all had to step it up a notch and the whole group did,” Draisaitl said.

Edmonton had sprinted to a six-goal lead by the first minute of the second period before the Ducks countered with a lone goal from Rickard Rakell.

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Watch below: Shallima Maharaj filed this report from Rogers Place early in Game 6 between the Oilers and Ducks in their second-round playoff series on Sunday.

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Fans fired up as Oilers overwhelm Ducks in 1st period of Game 6 – May 7, 2017

The Oilers scoring three goals on their first six shots prompted Anaheim to replace John Gibson with Jonathan Bernier, who stopped 24-of-28 shots in relief.

Momentum has swung to Edmonton, while the Ducks are under pressure to reverse a trend. Anaheim has lost a Game 7 at home each of the last four years.

Watch below: The Ducks had a chance to finish off the Oilers in their playoff series on Sunday night but instead, the series is headed back to Anaheim for Game 7. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle spoke to reporters after the game.

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Ducks coach Randy Carlyle speaks to reporters after losing 7-1 to Oilers in Game 6 – May 8, 2017

The Ducks were eliminated in the first rounds of 2016 (Nashville) and 2013 (Detroit), the second round of 2014 (Los Angeles) and the third round of 2015 (Chicago) in seventh games at the Honda Center.

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What’s more, the Ducks led each of those series 3-2 before back-to-back losses ended their seasons.

“Even for us to come out in the second period and get that sixth goal, that was big,” Letestu said. “It showed we weren’t going to get back on our heels and possibly let them get back into the hockey game.

“We’re not going to blow teams out like this all the time. We expect Game 7 to be a lot tighter.”

The Oilers won twice in Anaheim to open this series and narrowly lost Game 5 there in double overtime.

Edmonton’s last Game 7 was the 2006 Stanley Cup final, which they lost 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.

Rogers Place was highly sensitive to officiating Sunday given the perceived injustice of allowing Friday’s tying goal to withstand a goaltender interference challenge.

The Oilers were up 3-0 and on the cusp of taking a 3-2 series lead home when the Ducks became just the second team in NHL playoff history to erase a three-goal deficit in the last four minutes of regulation.

Ducks centre Ryan Kesler had his glove on Talbot’s pad when Rakell put a backhand between his pads to tie it with 15 seconds remaining. Corey Perry then scored the double-overtime winner.

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So, the Oilers were a team on a mission in Game 6.

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“We knew we had to keep our foot on the gas pedal and the hockey gods gave us a chance in Game 7,” Milan Lucic said.

Draisaitl completed his hat trick on a give-and-go with Lucic at 15:27 of the second period, when Kesler was serving a roughing minor.

On a cross-ice feed from Perry, Rakell caught Talbot out of his net to score for the Ducks at 8:56.

Slepychev extended the host team’s lead to six goals 45 seconds into the period on an odd-man rush with Patrick Maroon.

Letestu put a one-timer over Bernier’s right pad for a power-play goal at 18:45 of the first period.

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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler (17) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) rough it up during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) skates by hats after scoring the hat trick against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano (7), Ryan Kesler (17) and Nic Kerdiles (58) wait for the hats to be cleaned up after Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) scored a hat trick during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier (1) reacts as the Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (15) checks Edmonton Oilers' Adam Larsson (6) during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette (50) skates past as the Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Cam Fowler (4) controls the puck as Edmonton Oilers' goalie Cam Talbot (33) looks for the shot and Eric Gryba (62) defends during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula (36) fight during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Fans mock the refs during the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers game during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano (7) checks Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula (36) during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Cam Fowler (4) is chased by Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (15) skates by as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Larsson (6) and Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrate a goal during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano (7) roughs up Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula (36) during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Chris Wagner (21) and Edmonton Oilers' Kris Russell (4) battle for the puck as goalie Cam Talbot (33) covers the goal during the third period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg (33) and Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian (44) battle for the puck during the third period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry (10) tries to screen the net as Edmonton Oilers' goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes the save during the third period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Sami Vatanen (45) and Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) battle for the puck during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Hampus Lindholm (47) and Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic (27) battle for the puck during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler (17) checks Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula (36) during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Maroon (19) and Anton Slepyshev (42) celebrate a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates a goal agains the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Maroon (19) reacts to a penalty against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (15) chases Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier (1) reacts as the Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal during the second period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

Bernier left the puck unattended instead of smothering a rebound, which gave Letestu two swings at it with success on his second try at 11:39.

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Kassian won a footrace with Ducks defencemen for a loose puck in Anaheim’s zone. He shook off Josh Manson and beat Gibson with a forehand five-hole at 8:25.

Gibson was fooled by Draisaitl’s no-look backhand off a feed from Milan Lucic at 7:22. Draisaitl whiffed on breakaway, but the puck had enough forward momentum to slide under Gibson at 2:45.

Draisaitl has a team-leading four goals and nine assists in the series.

Edmonton’s blue line ran with reinforcements as Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart drew in for Andrej Sekura and Oscar Klefbom.

Sekura played less than two minutes in Game 5 because of an apparent leg injury. Klefbom took a shot in the chest and missed half a period, but returned to that game.

Klefbom left warmup early Sunday and was replaced in the lineup by Reinhart.

Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ ongoing coverage of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2017 NHL playoff run.

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