Coach Bruce Boudreau says his Ducks can find all the inspiration they need by knowing in Game 7 lies an opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup Final.
Reputations also hang in the balance.
Eight of the Ducks who played Wednesday in a 5-2 loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals — including stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry — were also part of the teams that were eliminated in Game 7 losses at home the past two seasons.
Although beating the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Saturday would be sweet redemption, defeat would qualify as a trend, creating a narrative that Anaheim is a great team ... until the pressure-packed playoffs.
Is the desire...