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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers (Game 5)

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers

Game 5, Stanley Cup Final Series “O”
Wednesday, June 14, 8 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Wednesday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers play Game 5 of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series on Wednesday at the RBC Center (8 p.m. ET, NBC, Hurricanes Radio Network). Center to take a 2-0 series lead. The Oilers scored a 2-1 victory in Game 3 on June 10 at Rexall Place before Carolina took a 3-1 series lead with a 2-1 win in Edmonton in Game 4 on Monday. 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.

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 12 straight games (5/14-6/12: 6g, 10a)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 22 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

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

Cory Stillman extended his postseason points streak to 12 games with a goal and an assist in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals (5/14-6/12: 6g, 10a). Stillman is tied with teammate Eric Staal for the league lead with 24 playoff points, and his 15 postseason assists rank second in the NHL behind Staal’s 17.

So far this postseason, Stillman has notched two overtime game-winning goals and two series-clinching goals. The Peterborough, Ont., native, who was a member of Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup-winning team, posts a playoff plus-minus rating of plus-14 to rank tied first on the team and first in the NHL.

Stillman finished his inaugural regular-season campaign with the Hurricanes with 21 goals and 55 assists (76 points) in 72 games, ranking tied for first on the team in assists and tied for second in scoring.

Hurricanes Captain Rod Brind’Amour ranks first among all NHL players this postseason with 12 goals, six power-play goals and four game-winning goals. Brind’Amour’s 18 points rank tied for fifth this postseason and his plus-12 plus-minus rating ranks sixth in the NHL. In Carolina’s 22 postseason games, he has averaged 24:04 of ice time per game and has posted a 57.4 faceoff winning percentage while taking 114 more draws than the next nearest player (Shawn Horcoff, 475).

Brind’Amour finished the 2005-06 regular season with 31 goals and 39 assists (70 points) while playing in 78 of Carolina’s 82 games. He recorded a 59.1 faceoff winning percentage to rank third in the NHL and led all NHL forwards averaging 24:17 time on ice per game, 1:32 more than the next nearest player (Brad Richards, 22:45). Brind’Amour’s 19 power-play goals ranked tied for first on the team and eighth in the NHL, and his plus-8 plus-minus rating ranked tied for fifth on the team.

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 12, 2006
Hurricanes 2, Edmonton 1
The Carolina Hurricanes pulled to within one win of winning the Stanley Cup by scoring a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Rexall Place. The Oilers took a 1-0 lead 8:40 into the game when Sergei Samsonov scored on a give-and-go play with Radek Dvorak and slid the puck into the Hurricanes net. But, on the ensuing faceoff, Raffi Torres tripped Justin Williams and at the 9:09 mark Cory Stillman buried a one timer behind Jussi Markkanen to even the score. The Hurricanes fended off four Oilers first-period power plays, including 1:12 of 5-on-3 to keep the score 1-1. With just 4:04 remaining the in the second frame, Eric Staal controlled the puck in front of Markkanen and backhanded it to Mark Recchi who scored the eventual game-winner from a tough angle. The Hurricanes defensive corps and netminder Cam Ward held off the Oilers’ third-period attack to hold onto the one-goal lead. Ward made 20 saves and earned second-star honors. Stillman was named the game’s first star with a power-play goal and the secondary assist on Recchi’s goal.

June 10, 2006
Edmonton 2, Hurricanes 1

The Edmonton Oilers took a 1-0 lead just 2:31 into the game when Shawn Horcoff tipped Jaroslav Spacek’s shot past goaltender Cam Ward. But, the Hurricanes weathered the storm of seven Oilers power plays in the game’s next 40 minutes, including 1:27 of 5-on-3 in the first period, before captain Rod Brind’Amour beat Jussi Markkanen 9:09 into the third period to level the score 1-1. The goal was Brind’Amour’s 12th of the postseason, best among all NHL players. Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth was credited with the game-winner when Ales Hemsky’s shot hit off of him in front of Ward and trickled in with 2:15 remaining in the game. Cory Stillman earned the lone assist on Brind’Amour’s goal to extend his points streak to 11 games.

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
61 Stillman
22
9
15
24
12 Staal
22
7
17
24
17 Brind'Amour
22
12
6
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
6
3.53
1-1
.856
30 Ward
20
2.01
14-6
.924


Oilers
GP
G
A
PTS
44 Pronger
21
5
14
19
10 Horcuff
21
6
12
18
94 Smyth
21
6
9
15

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
35 Roloson
18
2.33
12-5
.927
29 Conklin
1
10.00
0-1
.677
30 Markkanen 3
2.68
1-2
.887
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