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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers (Game 3)

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers

 

Game 3, Stanley Cup Final Series “O”
Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. (ET)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alb.

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Saturday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers play Game 3 of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series on Saturday at Rexall Place (8 p.m. ET, NBC, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina scored a three-goal comeback victory on Monday to take Game 1 by a 5-4 margin. In Game 2 on Wednesday, the Hurricanes earned their third shutout win of the postseason with a 5-0 triumph at the RBC Center to take a 2-0 series lead. The Hurricanes advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals by virtue of a 4-3 series win against the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Finals. Edmonton defeated Anaheim in five games in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the final round.

The Hurricanes will practice at Rexall Place at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday in advance of Monday’s Game 4.

Television: NBC
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington), WGHB 1250 AM/WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, Washington & New Bern)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Left wing Cory Stillman has points in 10 straight games (5/14-6/7: 5g, 8a)

  • Right wing Justin Williams has assists and points in three straight games (6/1-6/7: 2g, 4a)

  • Left wing Ray Whitney has points in three straight games (6/1-6/7: 2g, 2a)

  • Center Doug Weight has points in three straight games (6/1-6/7: 2g, 2a)

  • Center Eric Staal has assists and points in two straight games (6/5-6/7: 0g, 2a)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 20 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

June 11 Rexall Place 1 p.m.
June 12 Rexall Place 10:30 a.m.
June 13 RBC Center TBD
June 14 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
June 15 RBC Center TBD
June 16 Rexall Place 1:00 p.m.
June 17 Rexall Place 10:30 a.m.
June 18 RBC Center TBD June 19
RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

Carolina Notes

In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Hurricanes trailed Edmonton 3-0 in the second period before captain Rod Brind’Amour got the Hurricanes on the board with 2:43 remaining in the period. Brind’Amour’s goal ignited a four-goal Carolina offensive attack in the game’s final frame. Ray Whitney scored at even-strength and on the power-play to tie the game 3-3 before Justin Williams notched the Hurricanes’ second shorthanded goal of the 2006 postseason to take the lead 4-3. Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky notched a power-play goal to knot the score at 4-4 before Brind’Amour scored the game-winner with 31.1 seconds remaining in regulation.

The three-goal comeback win was just the sixth in Stanley Cup Finals history and the first since Pittsburgh scored a 5-4 win against Chicago on May 26, 1992, in Game 1 en route to the Penguins’ second consecutive Stanley Cup win. The Hurricanes’ win was the first three-goal comeback of the 2006 NHL postseason and the second in the Carolina franchise’s playoff history (May 9, 2002, overtime win at Montreal). Carolina has not had a three-goal comeback win in the regular season since Nov. 5, 1998 at NY Islanders (trailed 3-0, won 6-3). There were 17 three-goal comeback wins in the NHL’s 1,230 regular-season games in 2005-06. Nine of those games ended in regulation, three in 4-on-4 overtime and five in shootouts.

The Hurricanes finished the 2005-06 regular season with the most two-goal comeback wins in the NHL with 10. So far this postseason, Carolina and Edmonton have each scored two two-goal comeback wins to lead the league. The only other teams to score a two-goal comeback win this postseason were Philadelphia and Colorado who each scored one two-goal comeback win.

Against the Oilers

The Hurricanes and the Oilers did not meet during the 2005-06 regular season. The Hurricanes won the last meeting between the teams on Dec. 9, 2003, a 3-2 triumph at Rexall Place.

Since both original World Hockey Association teams joined the NHL prior to the 1979-80 season, the Carolina franchise has posted an 18-30-12 record against the Oilers, including a 2-2-1 record in the teams’ last five meetings dating back to the 2000-01 season.

This is the first NHL playoffs meeting between the Carolina franchise and the Oilers, but the teams did play two postseason series during the WHA era. In 1978, the teams met in the first round with the New England Whalers ousting the Oilers 4-1 in a best-of-seven series. The Whalers went to the final round in 1978, eventually succumbing to the Winnipeg Jets in four games. In 1979, it was the Oilers emerging triumphant in the best-of-seven second-round series between the clubs, scoring a 4-3 series win. Edmonton suffered the same fate as New England did in 1978 and lost to Winnipeg 4-2 in the final round.

June 7, 2006
Hurricanes 5, Edmonton 0

Carolina Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward earned his second NHL shutout, and the second of the 2006 postseason, making 25 saves on 25 Oilers shots to give Carolina a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Ward’s first-star performance was supported by a five-goal output by the Hurricanes that began when Andrew Ladd’s wrist shot deflected off of defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron and past Edmonton netminder Jussi Markkanen. Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle notched his third postseason goal this year midway through the second period and earned two assists to be named the game’s second star. Cory Stillman extended his scoring streak to 10 games with his eighth goal of the playoffs with less than three seconds remaining in the second frame to give Carolina a 3-0 lead going into the final period. Doug Weight and Mark Recchi each notched power-play goals in the first 4:21 of third period to seal the victory for the Hurricanes. Center Matt Cullen earned secondary assists on three of the Hurricanes’ five goals to earn third-star honors.

June 5, 2006
Hurricanes 5, Edmonton 4
The Carolina Hurricanes became the first team since the 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins to win a Stanley Cup Finals game after trailing by three goals when they scored a 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers at the RBC Center in Game 1. Trailing 3-0 in the second period, the Hurricanes were sparked by a goal by Captain Rod Brind’Amour with 2:43 remaining in that frame. Ray Whitney notched an even-strength goal and a power-play goal in the first 5:09 of the third to know the score 3-3 before Justin Williams put Carolina ahead 4-3 with the team’s second shorthanded marker of the playoffs at 10:02. Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky scored 3:29 later to deadlock the game at 4-4, but Brind’Amour took advantage of a miscue by goaltender Ty Conklin and buried the game-winner with just 31.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Netminder Cam Ward made 34 saves on 38 shots, including 17 saves in the final period to earn his 12th win of the 2006 postseason and help give Carolina a 1-0 lead in the series. Edmonton defenseman Chris Pronger made Stanley Cup Finals history when he scored the first penalty shot goal in a Finals game at the 10:36 mark of the second frame. Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson left the game with an injury with less than six minutes to play and was replaced by Conklin.

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
20
7
15
22
61 Stillman
20
8
13
21
17 Brind'Amour
20
11
6
17

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
6
3.53
1-1
.856
30 Ward
18
2.06
13-5
.922


Oilers
GP
G
A
PTS
44 Pronger
19
5
14
19
10 Horcuff
19
5
12
17
94 Smyth
19
5
9
14
12 Samsonov
19
3
11
14

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
35 Roloson
18
2.33
12-5
.927
29 Conklin 1
10.00
0-1
.677
30 Markkanen 1
5.00
0-1
.808
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