Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Oilers advance to Stanley Cup final

Western Conference Final
Oilers 5, Ducks 4

Edmonton dominates series 3-0

"My head's spinning right now. You just can't believe all those pucks are going in. We found a way. It's a good lesson for us. We might have relaxed for a second because we were obviously a little out of gas, with everything going through our room right now."

Wait a minute... there's a SteveStaios.com?

(As for the headline: I know I'm one game early, but given how almost no one — and especially not this Anaheim club — has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, I think it's fair to say this one's over.)


This scoring summary can say more about how this game went in fewer words than I ever could:
1st Period
Edmonton 13:47, Toby Petersen 1 (Rem Murray)

2nd Period
None

3rd Period
Edmonton 2:19, Michael Peca 5 (unassisted)
Edmonton 3:35, Steve Staios 1 (power play) (Sergei Samsonov, Fernando Pisani)
Edmonton 4:40, Chris Pronger 4 (power play) (Jaroslav Spacek, Sergei Samsonov)
Anaheim 7:15, Sean O'Donnell 2 (Andy McDonald)
Anaheim 9:13, Teemu Selanne 6 (Dustin Penner, Vitaly Vishnevski)
Anaheim 11:15, Chris Kunitz 3 (Ryan Getzlaf, Joffrey Lupul)
Edmonton 14:14, Fernando Pisani 9 (Michael Peca)
Anaheim 18:15, Teemu Selanne 7 (Scott Niedermayer)
At least no one can say this series, however short it may end up being, didn't have any good games. Wild stuff.

I'd had a sneaking suspicion Randy Carlyle would have been better off starting J-S Giguere tonight, and I think that would have been the right call. It could have really provided the lift the Ducks needed if the former Conn Smythe winner came in and played lights out in the first period or so.

Here's the venerable Allan Maki:
That's now the beauty of the Oilers. One of their strengths is their belief in one another. No one can poke holes in their faith let alone their defence. Look at how their splendid spring has played out so far:

Forward Brad Winchester scores the winning goal against Detroit in his first Stanley Cup game. Then Todd Harvey returns to the lineup after an eight-game absence and sets up the goal that eliminates San Jose. Then Toby Petersen scores and there can be no denying that there's something magical about these Oilers; that after all those years of getting crushed by the Dallas Stars the hockey gods are smiling on them.

It's like watching the 2004 Calgary Flames in action, another Alberta team that went on a serious roll.
Bring on the Edmonton v. Carolina/Buffalo breakdowns.

8 Comments:

At 11:39 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Great third period, too bad the Ducks couldn't rally enough. For a minute there I thought they might just be able to do it.

James, please predict an Edmonton win in the next round, maybe then I'll get to see them lose ;)

 
At 12:29 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger mike w said...

Um, for the record: some of us Oilers fans are still superstitious.

 
At 12:57 AM, May 24, 2006, Anonymous Doogie2K said...

And that's not including the 76 PIMs called in the game--which itself misses the fact that if the refs were a half-step slower, that mega-scrum becomes a line brawl and Edmonton's top two D-men leave the game almost before it's begun.

 
At 2:26 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

James, please predict an Edmonton win in the next round, maybe then I'll get to see them lose ;)

I believe that just be what it's going to take.

 
At 3:50 AM, May 24, 2006, Anonymous jon said...

Don't do it James. I have a sneaking suspicion that SteveStaios.com is the doing of Steve's wife. She's the type to have her fingers in a little bit of everything, given that she seems to be associated with a lot of charities and whatnot here in Edmonton.

 
At 1:25 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

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At 1:38 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Damn, I shouldn't have said anything.

No one wants to predict a 20% chance the Ducks will recover? There seemed to be so many people sure of Ottawa. I'll give you guys odds on this series too.

Wait a minute, you predicted a fourth win before they have one. Could it be?

 
At 9:38 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Mirtle already predicted the Oil to lose against the Wings.

He has no powers this way.

 

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