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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers (Game 7)

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers

Game 7, Stanley Cup Final Series “O”
Monday, June 19, 8 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

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Tonight's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers play Game 7 of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series on Monday at the RBC Center (8 p.m. ET, NBC, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina scored a three-goal comeback victory on June 5 to take Game 1 by a 5-4 margin. In Game 2, 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 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 June 12. The Oilers scored a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5 in Raleigh on June 14 to send the series to Saturday’s Game 6, a 4-0 Oilers win at Rexall Place. 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

Injury Report

  • Center Doug Weight, day-to-day, upper body, missed one playoff game

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

June 19 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

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

Carolina Notes

Monday’s game marks the third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals series that has gone to seven games, and just the 14th all-time Stanley Cup Finals series to go to a seventh game since the NHL introduced the seven-game format in 1939. Of the 13 previous Game 7s in Stanley Cup Finals history, the home team has posted an 11-2 record.

This marks the fifth Game 7 in Carolina’s franchise history. The Hurricanes won their most recent Game 7 against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals and post a 1-3 record in its four Game 7 appearances. The Oilers post a 6-2 all-time record in Game 7s, with their most recent Game 7 coming in the 1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Colorado, a 4-0 win.

Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley has played in the most Game 7s of any of the 40 players who will dress for Monday’s Game 7. Wesley has played in seven Game 7s and his teams have posted a 6-1 record in those contests.

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 17, 2006
Edmonton 4, Hurricanes 0
The Carolina Hurricanes suffered their first shutout loss of the 2006 postseason as Edmonton Oilers netminder Jussi Markkanen stopped all 16 of the Hurricanes’ shots on goal. Edmonton scored three power-play goals on nine attempts and out shot Carolina 34-16. Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff each scored man-advantage goals for Edmonton while Raffi Torres scored the lone even-strength marker of the game. Game 6 marked the return of Erik Cole to the Hurricanes’ lineup after Cole missed the final 21 games of the regular season, and Carolina’s first 23 playoff games with a neck injury.

June 14, 2006
Edmonton 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

The Edmonton Oilers scored a 4-3 overtime win at the RBC Center in Game 5 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals when Fernando Pisani scored on a shorthanded breakaway 3:31 into the extra frame. The Oilers got on the board just 16 seconds into the first period when Pisani tipped Chris Pronger’s point shot into the Hurricanes’ net. Carolina evened the score when Eric Staal out-muscled Edmonton netminder Jussi Markkanen on the power play at the 5:54 mark. Staal set up Ray Whitney during another Carolina power play less than five minutes later to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. Ales Hemsky notched his sixth of the playoffs three minutes after Whitney’s goal, and Michael Peca gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead when he scored with 18 seconds remaining in the first frame. Staal evened the score with his second power-play goal of the game midway through the second period and the teams skated the remaining 30:04 of regulation without scoring. At 3:03 of overtime, Steve Staios was whistled for tripping, giving Carolina the man advantage. But a turnover in the Carolina end led to Pisani’s shorthanded breakaway game-winner. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward suffered the loss despite making 25 saves.

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
12 Staal
24
9
18
27
61 Stillman
24
9
16
25
17 Brind'Amour
24
12
6
18

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
6
3.53
1-1
.856
30 Ward
22
2.19
14-8
.918


Oilers
GP
G
A
PTS
44 Pronger
23
5
16
21
10 Horcuff
23
7
12
19
34 Pisani
23
13
4
17

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
35 Roloson
18
2.33
12-5
.927
29 Conklin
1
10.00
0-1
.677
30 Markkanen 5
2.19
3-2
.901
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