As deafening cheers filled Rexall Place, the Oilers and the Hurricanes collided in another low-scoring battle. Here, defenseman Bret Hedican of the `Canes dishes out some punishment to Oilers winger Georges Laraque
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Rookie Cam Ward was sharp and reliable once again, making 20 saves and coolly advancing to the top of the Conn Smythe candidates list.
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Hurricanes left wing Cory Stillman extended his playoff scoring streak to 12 games with a power play goal as his team took him one step closer to winning his second consecutive Stanley Cup. Stillman skated for Tampa Bay in 2004.
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Jussi Markkanen was often spectacular in net for the Oilers, making 18 saves. But two shots eluded him -- this one by Cory Stillman only 29 seconds after Sergei Samsonov had given the Oilers a 1-0 lead in the first period.
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Cory Stillman (second from left) is congratulated by his teammates after tying the game at 1-1. The goal was his ninth of the playoffs.
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Carolina's defense has maintained a stranglehold on Edmonton's power play, which went 0 for 5 in the game and is a woeful 1 for 25 in the finals.
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Chris Pronger's failure to clear the puck in the second period led to the game-winning goal. Cory Stillman deflected Pronger's clearing attempt to Eric Staal in front of the Oilers' net. Staal dished to Mark Recchi, who drove it home.
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Shadowed by Michael Peca, Rod Brind'Amour managed only one shot in the game, but it nearly went in. Goaltender Jussi Markkanen managed to get a bit of his stick on it and deflect it off the crossbar.
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The Hurricanes' tenacious defenders continually smothered the Oilers' increasingly desperate attempts to score, including a lengthy two-man advantage and a 6-on-5 in the final minute.
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Now what, boys? Coach Craig McTavish and his Oilers are heading for Carolina in a deep 1-3 hole, a deficit from which only the 1942 Maple Leafs have emerged in a Stanley Cup finals.
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