Carolina has more offensive power and a better goalie than Edmonton, but the Canes may be wearing down just as the Oilers are being reinvigorated by the success of backup goalie Jussi Markkanen, Pisani’s stunning winning goal and a return home to Rexall Place.
The Carolina Hurricanes were forced to take the champagne off ice. Now the Edmonton Oilers have visions of stealing the bottles for themselves.
The Oilers, written off like cheap wine after losing the opening two games of the series, have shown their vintage by putting themselves back into the NHL Stanley Cup final against Carolina. Edmonton’s thrilling 4-3 overtime victory against the Hurricanes in Raleigh Wednesday night forced what many thought was an improbable Game 6 on Saturday.
It’s unknown whether injuries sustained in Game 5 to forward Doug Weight or defenseman Aaron Ward will keep them out of the lineup for Saturday s sixth game against the Oilers.