NHL-Highlights of Wednesday's NHL games

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[May 11, 2017]  May 10 (The Sports Xchange)

Penguins 2, Capitals 0

Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist scored goals, Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

The Penguins, who continued their postseason mastery of the Capitals, will face the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference finals.

Rust made it 1-0 midway through the second period, and Hornqvist doubled the lead early in the third.

Pittsburgh eliminated the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals in the conference semi-finals for the second season in a row, and the Penguins have won nine of 10 postseason series between the teams.

Ducks 2, Oilers 1

Nick Ritchie scored the decisive third-period goal, and John Gibson made 23 saves as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semi-final series on Wednesday.

The Ducks advance to the Western Conference finals to meet the Nashville Predators. The series is scheduled to start on Friday in Anaheim.

Anaheim won a Game 7 for the first time in five playoff seasons. They had been eliminated from the postseason at home each of the previous four.

Drake Caggiula scored the Edmonton goal in the first period, and Andrew Cogliano responded for the Ducks in the second. Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 28 saves.

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Anaheim took the lead on Ritchie's second goal of the playoffs at 3:21 of the third period. Sami Vatanen gained possession in the right corner of the Anaheim offensive zone and found an unguarded Ritchie in the right faceoff circle.

Ritchie drilled a wrist shot past Talbot's stick side with Corey Perry earning the secondary assist.

Cogliano scored his first goal of the postseason at 8:55 of the middle period. He backhanded a rebound of an initial Ryan Kesler shot during a goalmouth scramble with Brandon Montour earning the secondary assist.

Edmonton jumped on top thanks to Caggiula's unassisted goal, his third of the postseason at 3:31 of the first period. Caggiula got credit for the goal when he forechecked Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore directly in front of the Anaheim net and the puck trickled through Gibson.

(Compiled by Peter Rutherford)

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