Hurricanes fans packed RBC Center in full-throated anticipation of the franchise's first Stanley Cup, but Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger hushed the festivities a bit when his shot 16 seconds into the opening period was deflected in by Fernando Pasani.
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Oddly quiet in the finals, Eric Staal broke through with his first two goals of the series. His first came a 5:54 of the first period, tying the game at 1. Staal assisted on Ray Whitney's score at 10:15 and struck again for his second tally of the game, in the second period.
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From the Pigs Fly Dept.: Oilers defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, not an offensive powerhouse, had a role in a rare event: a power play goal by Edmonton. Tarnstrom's feed to Ales Hemsky knotted the game at 2 in the first period and left the Oilers 2 for 32 with a man-advantage in the finals.
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Edmonton's Michael Peca capped a high-scoring opening period by putting a shot past Cam Ward with only 17.4 seconds left. Peca's tally put the Oilers up 3-2 heading into the first intermission.
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Though he was victimized by Eric Staal on this shot, Jussi Markkanen got sharper as the game went on. He stopped 21 shots in all,.and even got a little timely help from his goalpost, which thwarted a potential tiebreaking goal in the third period.
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The Hurricanes took their lumps from the desperate Oilers. Defenseman Aaron Ward (right) left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury but later returned. His teammate, Doug Weight, also hurt, did not.
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When the game went to overtime, the Oilers pressed their attack, putting seven shots on Carolina's net, which became a gathering place for Cam Ward's red-shirted protectors.
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Hardworking Cory Stillman has been a major factor in Carolina's Cup run, but his lazy cross-ice pass to Eric Staal in OT proved to be disastrous.
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Oilers winger Fernando Pisani has been a huge surprise in the postseason, and never more so than after Edmonton's Steve Staios was whistled for dragging Carolina's Mark Recchi down at 3:03 of OT.
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After intercepting Cory Stillman's errant cross-ice pass, Fernando Pisani broke in alone on Cam Ward and scored the first short-handed overtime goal in Stanley Cup finals history. The stunning goal, Pisani's 12th of the postseason, spoiled Carolina's party and sent the series back to Edmonton.
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