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Oilers force Game 6 with overtime win

Edmonton's Pisani denies Carolina Stanley Cup

Oilers force Game 6 with overtime win

Put the champagne back on ice, Caniacs.
Edmonton's Fernando Pisani denied the Carolina Hurricanes a chance to win the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night with a stunning, short-handed, sudden-death goal to give Edmonton a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Finals at the RBC Center.
Pisani intercepted a lazy pass by Cory Stillman at the Carolina blue line and skated in alone on Cam Ward for the first short-handed, overtime goal in Finals history. Ward never had a chance as Pisani lifted a wrist shot over his left shoulder for his team-leading 11th goal of the playoffs 3 minutes, 31 seconds into overtime.
"I beat one (forechecker)," Stillman said dejectedly. "I have to beat another guy with the pass."
The series will return to Edmonton for Game 6 tomorrow with the Hurricanes leading 3-2. Carolina still can capture North Carolina's first major professional sports championship by winning either Game 6 or Game 7, if necessary, on Monday at the RBC Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, who trailed the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 in the 1942 Finals, were the only team ever to bounce back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the
Stanley Cup. Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said a 3-2 deficit doesn't seem as insurmountable as 3-1.
"We really had a sense (in overtime) that we were starting to turn the tide," MacTavish said. " With that goal, that puts us back in the series. The tension of a city on the verge of a possible championship was cut by flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto. Traffic snarled as Glenwood Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares traveling north from downtown, was under water and closed in front of Crabtree Valley Mall.
After rain cut down on the tailgating that has been the trademark of the pre-game fan festivities at the RBC Center, the Oilers dampened spirits with their highest-scoring period of the series.
Sixteen seconds into the game, Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger drilled a slap shot from the point that Pisani deflected through the legs of Ward. Eric Staal and Ray Whitney scored power play goals to put Carolina ahead 2-1, but Ales Hamsky scored and fed Michael Peca for a goal with 17.4 seconds remaining in the first period, giving Edmonton a 3-2 lead.
"Obviously it wasn't my best period," Ward said. "It's tough when you're down 16 seconds into the game." Carolina's defense tightened after the shaky first period, allowing seven shots in the second period and five in the third. Staal scored the only goal of the second period when he poked the puck from the side of the net past goalie Jussi Markkanen.
Tied 3-3 with a chance to follow through on a lifelong dream and hoist the Cup in front of their home fans, the Hurricanes managed two shots on goal in the third period and were outshot 7-0 in overtime as Pisani capitalized on Stillman's giveaway. "It was probably the biggest goal I have ever scored in my career," Pisani said.
The Hurricanes will head to Edmonton unsure of the status of center Doug Weight and possibly defenseman Aaron Ward, who were ailing during the game. Coach Peter Laviolette said the Hurricanes were upset with the way the game ended.
But Staal wouldn't concede that the Oilers seized the momentum. "We're a confident group," he said. "We'll be ready to play the next game. Obviously this one hurts."


Updated : 2021-10-22 16:02 GMT+08:00