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Fowler: Game 7 losses mean Ducks ‘know what it takes’ to win now

Aug 9, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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Things haven’t been great for the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7s the past couple seasons.

In 2013, they lost in the first round to the seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings in seven games. This past season saw them lose in seven to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings, again in seven games.

While you might think Game 7 losses might be ruinous to a team, defenseman Cam Fowler thinks otherwise as he said in an interview on the Ducks’ website.

“The biggest thing was experiencing something like that,” Fowler said. “We had a pretty young team, aside from guys like Teemu [Selanne] and Saku [Koivu] – guys who had been in situations like that. For the rest of us, that was our first Game 7 besides when we lost to Detroit the season prior.

“Just being in that situation, a game away from the Conference Finals, we now have that experience as a team. We know what it takes. That was the main difference. LA had a more experienced group and they knew what that situation was like. That’s why you saw the result you saw. We have that to lean back on. If we get that opportunity again, we’ll know how to approach it.”

The possibility of that happening again is strong in the Western Conference, especially in the Pacific Division. With the Ducks, Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, and Arizona Coyotes it’s going to be a brutal run to the postseason.

Should the Ducks find themselves in another Game 7, having Ryan Kesler on the roster may help give them an edge and not just to match up against the other beastly centers in the West.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    you have to win a game 7 to know what it takes. going to game seven and losing a bunch of times doesn’t teach you how to win..

    • paulerhythm - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I disagree. You really learn by losing. That’s how humans learn by making mistakes. Teams need to feel the sting of losing before they can win. That’s the hockey gods rule…

      • areaman714 - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Yeah. I agree. Playing Stanley Cup Playoffs game sevens is a completely different breed than any other in sports. Every game seven played, win or lose is a learning experience.

        The Ducks had seven players on their roster who had never played a game seven, the Kings had zero. Hence the score. Those youngster Ducks defenders played like they were afraid to make a mistake and the much more seasoned Kings took advantage of it. The Kings were never really close to scoring four goals against the Ducks in any game last year until game seven when they had four before the game was half over.

        As Fowler said, they learned a lot that game and they will be better for it next year.

      • kingsfan93 - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:03 AM

        AREAMAN714 – “The Ducks had seven players on their roster who had never played a game seven, the Kings had zero.” The Kings have players that have played game 7s. The most standout player would be Justin Williams (Mr. Game 7.)

  2. robbieanalogue - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Why did the article mention the Canucks as a possible obstacle?

    • hockey7515 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      They named the teams in their division.

      • infieldhit - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM


      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        but not all – just those with a chance of getting to the playoffs. I don’t think the yotes improved at all. I think there is a good chance we’ll see 5 teams from the ultra-strong central in the playoffs again.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      Because the Canucks are about getting back to winning, now that tortellini and his craziness are gone. not to mention MG screwing around with the roster in no discernible fashion… The return on the Kesler/ Garrison/ 3rd rd pick deals have improved the team’s depth. No doubt they’ll bounce back… team’s too good not to…

  3. spitfisher - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Keep dreaming Cam, Joe Thorton has a lot of losing experience in game seven, He hasn’t learned a damn thing.

  4. 2cupsin3years - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    That’s so effen hilarious they got humiliated in that game. You can’t learn what it takes to win game7 it’s in you or its not. Lovers!

    • areaman714 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Cartman commanded you to post that no doubt. Raider fans . . .

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      Lovers?! really…

  5. maddogck1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Why didn’t we learned how to win Game 7 after 2013 ? Does this mean we have to lose Game 7 in Western Conference Final in 2015 Game 7, and lose Stanley Cup Game 7 in 2016 before finally winning the cup ??? I just don’t think the Ducks had enough killer instincts the last several years to put away alot of teams, regular season/playoffs.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Ducks were missing Kesler in beast mode.

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