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STANLEY CUP FINALS - ROUND #4 (Best of 7)
Carolina Wins Series and Stanley Cup 4-3

 

Game 1 > HURRICANES 5 - OILERS 4

Probably the wildest Stanley Cup playoff game - ever!  This game could set the stage for the series - a 3-0 lead by Edmonton erased in a storm filled 3rd period - then just as Carolina took the lead, back came Edmonton on an Ales Hemsky marker.  Just as we appeared headed to overtime just like in 1990 when Edmonton took Boston to 3OT, the unthinkable - Andrew Ladd rushes to the net, Marc Andre Bergeron misses his angle on him and drives him into Dwayne Roloson - Roloson would leave the game with a knee injury, and cold off the bench, Ty Conklin's gaffe with less than a minute to go in regulation set up Rod Brind'Amour for the winning goal.  Of further note in this game were two goals by Ray Whitney, and the first ever penalty shot goal scored in the Stanley Cup final - by Chris Pronger of all people (trivia buffs take note).  You had to see it to believe it.

Game 2 > HURRICANES 5 - OILERS 0

The score in this one is a little misleading - Edmonton actually did alright in this game - until the final 2 seconds of the second period, with Carolina already leading 2-0, Cory Stillman potted the 3-0 goal.  After that the wheels fell off in a penalty filled 3rd where the Oilers showed their frustration, but also showed this series isn't over yet.  Cam Ward, on the other hand, became the youngest ever goaltender to post a shutout in the Finals.  That honor was previously held by Patrick Roy of the 1986 Habs.

Game 3 > OILERS 2 - HURRICANES 1

In another close game, Ryan Smyth was the hero late in the 3rd period on a goal heavily disputed by the Carolina bench - as it turned out, the NHL replay judges ruled the puck was knocked in by a Carolina player, but somehow managed to hit Ryan on the way in.  The Oilers will take it.

Game 4 > HURRICANES 2 - OILERS 1

Heavily criticized for his lack of production since the Conference Semi-Finals, a goal-less drought spanning 6 games, Eric Staal got it going with 2 assists - Cory Stillman and Mark Recchi scored the only goals Carolina would need.  Edmonton scored first on a beautiful give and go by Sergei Samsonov, but their power play again was the story, or lack thereof, as it continues to shoot blanks.  The Hurricanes can win their first ever Stanley Cup in Game 5 on Wednesday night, but as they say, the fourth win is always the toughest, even on home ice.  In many ways this series is reminiscent of the 1994 New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks final - all that's missing is the Mark Messier guarantee (maybe that's why he's been at the last two games).  It's not over...yet...

Game 5 > OILERS 4 - HURRICANES 3 (OT)

Throw out every cliché you can possibly think about in this one.  Backs against the wall - fourth win is hardest to get - your best players have to be your best players - No matter - The Oilers needed a win and they got it.  Chris Pronger got the ball rolling early - 16 seconds into the game, Ales Hemsky finally got Edmonton's anemic power play back on track, Michael Peca took the lead late in the first period.  Carolina would battle back like they have all season - Eric Staal continued to be hot with 2 goals 1 assist, and Ray Whitney continued his point streak with another goal.  Jussi Markannen had to be superb on several occasions, and finally Fernando Pisani scored early in overtime with the Oilers shorthanded to force a sixth game.  The fans at Rexall Place will raise the roof on Saturday as the Oilers will look to send this thing to a 7th game and an equal shot at winning the Stanley Cup.  If they can do it, they'll only be the second team in the history of the NHL to come back from down 3-1 in the Finals, but as they say, if any team can do it...

Game 6 > OILERS 4 - HURRICANES 0

Jussi Markannen got his first career playoff shutout, the Oilers power play exploded when they needed it the most, and Fernando Pisani continued his heroics with a goal and 2 assists.  We're going to 7!!!

Game 7 > HURRICANES 3 - OILERS 1

While they celebrate on Tobacco Road, a sense of retribution is being felt in Hartford, Connecticut, and a city followed by a nation of broken hearts is holding the Stanley Cup wake for the 16th consecutive year.  Take nothing away from Edmonton, they played their hearts out and probably deserved a better fate, but no shame in losing to the champions.  But there can be only one, and for all intents and purposes, Carolina played almost a flawless game and season.  Cam Ward was named Conn Smythe trophy winner, Rod Brind'Amour and Glenn Wesley finally have Stanley Cup rings, and Raleigh rejoices.  The game itself was everything you'd want out of a Game 7 - hard hitting, fast skating, timely goals.  In hindsight, the New NHL is a resounding success.

 

CONFERENCE FINALS - ROUND #3 (Best of 7)
Edmonton Wins Series 4-1 Carolina Wins Series 4-3
GAME 1 > OILERS 3 - DUCKS 1
GAME 2 > OILERS 3 - DUCKS 1
GAME 3 > OILERS 5 - DUCKS 4
GAME 4 > DUCKS 6 - OILERS 3
GAME 5 > OILERS 2 - DUCKS 1
GAME 1 >  SABRES 3 - HURRICANES 2
GAME 2 > HURRICANES 4 - SABRES 3
GAME 3 > SABRES 4 - HURRICANES 3

GAME 4 > HURRICANES 4 - SABRES 0
GAME 5 > HURRICANES 4 - SABRES 3 (OT)
GAME 6 >  SABRES 2 - HURRICANES 1 (OT)
GAME 7 > HURRICANES 4 - SABRES 2
CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS - ROUND #2 (Best of 7)
Edmonton Wins Series 4-2 Buffalo Wins Series 4-1
GAME 1 > SHARKS 2 - OILERS 1
GAME 2 > SHARKS 2 - OILERS 1
GAME 3 > OILERS 3 - SHARKS 2 (3OT)
GAME 4 > OILERS 6 - SHARKS 3
GAME 5 > OILERS 6 - SHARKS 3
GAME 6 > OILERS 2 - SHARKS 0
GAME 1 >  SABRES 7 - SENATORS 6 (OT)
GAME 2 >  SABRES 2 - SENATORS 1
GAME 3 >  SABRES 3 - SENATORS 2 (OT)
GAME 4 > SENATORS 2 - SABRES 1
GAME 5 >  SABRES 3 - SENATORS 2 (OT)
Anaheim Wins Series 4-0 Carolina Wins Series 4-1
GAME 1 > DUCKS 5 - AVALANCHE 0
GAME 2 > DUCKS 3 - AVALANCHE 0
GAME 3 > DUCKS 4 - AVALANCHE 3 (OT)
GAME 4 > DUCKS 4 - AVALANCHE 1
GAME 1 >  HURRICANES 6 - DEVILS 0
GAME 2 > HURRICANES 3 - DEVILS 2 (OT)
GAME 3 > HURRICANES 3 - DEVILS 2
GAME 4 > DEVILS 5 - HURRICANES 1
GAME 5 > HURRICANES 4 - DEVILS 1
CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS - ROUND #1 (Best of 7)
Edmonton Wins Series 4-2 Ottawa Wins Series 4-1
GAME 1 > RED WINGS 3 - OILERS 2 (2OT)
GAME 2 > OILERS 4 - RED WINGS 2
GAME 3 > OILERS 4 - RED WINGS 3 (2OT)
GAME 4 > RED WINGS 4 - OILERS 2

GAME 5 > OILERS 3 - RED WINGS 2
GAME 6 > OILERS 4 - RED WINGS 3
GAME 1 >  SENATORS 4 - LIGHTNING 1
GAME 2 >  LIGHTNING 4 - SENATORS 3
GAME 3 >  SENATORS 8 - LIGHTNING 4
GAME 4 >  SENATORS 5 - LIGHTNING 2
GAME 5 >  SENATORS 3 - LIGHTNING 2
Colorado Wins Series 4-1 Carolina Wins Series 4-2
GAME 1 > AVALANCHE 5 - STARS 2
GAME 2 > AVALANCHE 5 - STARS 4 (OT)
GAME 3 > AVALANCHE 4 - STARS 3 (OT)
GAME 4 > STARS 4 - AVALANCHE 1

GAME 5 > AVALANCHE 3 - STARS 2 (OT)
GAME 1 >  CANADIENS 6 - HURRICANES 1
GAME 2 >  CANADIENS 6 - HURRICANES 5 (2OT)
GAME 3 > HURRICANES 2 - CANADIENS 1 (OT)
GAME 4 > HURRICANES 3 - CANADIENS 2
GAME 5 > HURRICANES 2 - CANADIENS 1

GAME 6 > HURRICANES 2 - CANADIENS 1 (OT)
Anaheim Wins Series 4-3 New Jersey Wins Series 4-0
GAME 1 > FLAMES 2 - DUCKS 1 (OT)
GAME 2 > DUCKS 4 - FLAMES 3
GAME 3 > FLAMES 5 - DUCKS 2
GAME 4 > DUCKS 3 - FLAMES 2 (OT)

GAME 5 > FLAMES 3 - DUCKS 2
GAME 6 > DUCKS 2 - FLAMES 1
GAME 7 > DUCKS 3 - FLAMES 0
GAME 1 >  DEVILS 6 - RANGERS 1
GAME 2 >  DEVILS 4 - RANGERS 1
GAME 3 >  DEVILS 3 - RANGERS 0
GAME 4 >  DEVILS 4 - RANGERS 2
San Jose Wins Series 4-1 Buffalo Wins Series 4-2
GAME 1 > PREDATORS 4 - SHARKS 3
GAME 2 > SHARKS 3 - PREDATORS 0
GAME 3 > SHARKS 4 - PREDATORS 1
GAME 4 > SHARKS 5 - PREDATORS 4

GAME 5 > SHARKS 2 - PREDATORS 1
GAME 1 >  SABRES 3 - FLYERS 2 (2OT)
GAME 2 >  SABRES 8 - FLYERS 2
GAME 3 > FLYERS 4 - SABRES 2
GAME 4 > FLYERS 5 - SABRES 4
GAME 5 >  SABRES 3 - FLYERS 0

GAME 6 >  SABRES 7 - FLYERS 1