Hurricanes Hold Off Oilers to Claim Cup

Rookie goaltender Cam Ward led his Carolina Hurricanes as they held off a third-period comeback by the Edmonton Oilers to claim the franchise's first Stanley Cup Championship Monday night.

Ward made nine saves on ten shots in the final period, including several key stops in the game's closing minutes. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs after the game.

Carolina's veteran defense put them out in front early, when Aaron Ward - who earned two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 - opened the scoring just 1:26 in on a screened shot from the left circle.

After an apparent Carolina penalty shot attempt was called off late in the first, Frantisek Kaberle scored on the power play at 4:18 of the second to extend the Hurricanes' lead.

Just 1:03 into the third, Edmonton struck back, with playoff hero Fernando Pisani banging in a rebound to pull the Oilers within one.

Cam Ward kept the Oilers from pulling even and with 1:01 remaining, Justin Williams added an empty net goal to seal Carolina's victory.

Notes: The 3-1 final score is identical to that of the final game of Carolina's only appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes by that score in Game Five of the 2002 series to claim the cup. Both games featured a final goal scored into the empty net.

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Holy crap, that was one screwed up game. Who's the bigger goat for Edmonton, Conklin for misplaying the puck on the GWG or Bergeron for knocking Roloson out of the game (and did I hear that MacTavish say the series)?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/5/2006 at 11:18 PM


TSN reports... "He won't be back in the series,'' said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "It's an unfortunate set of circumstances to have."

Sucks to be the Oilers.

And Brindy getting the GWG means that Carolina's captain has scored the game-winner in Game One of both of the franchises SCF appearances (Ron Francis got it in OT in 2002). Just in case anyone wondered.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/5/2006 at 11:22 PM


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