Sunday, June 18, 2006


Horcoff goal Game 6: Courtesy ReutersThe Oilers have done it again. They dominated the Hurricanes last night, winning 4-0, to force a Game 7. After Game 1, I thought they were done. Ditto after Game 2 and Game 4. But they have staved off elimination (who uses the word "staved" anymore?) as hometown boy Fernando Pisani (from Edmonton) once again nets a goal in the blowout win. This game was never close, with Carolina only having 7 SOG through the first two periods.

However, this game marked the return of Erik Cole, skating for the first time in 3½ months after suffering a "season ending" injury. Of course, that would have been true back when the season didn't almost end in July, as it does now. He wasn't a factor, but you have to give him credit for growing an impressive playoff beard, just in case his services were called upon.

So one way or another, a new Stanley Cup Champion will be crowned in Game 7 on Monday night in Raleigh. Edmonton can make history by being the only team since the 1942 Toronto Maple Leaves to win after being down 3-1, and hopefully the Carolina fans won't be too hungover following today's NASCAR Michigan 500, or whatever the fuck it is. Regardless, I'm looking forward to a fitting end to an entertaining season of hockey.

BTW, the videos on this site ( are hilarious. Especially the "Behind the Mask with Ilya Bryzgalov" ("closing the door, not pissing the pants") and Rod Brind'Amour's "Braveheart" speech ("he's like CIRCUS ugly"). This is why I love hockey, because the fans have a sense of humor and a love for the game. Even JD made a funny comment during Game 6 after Spacek got called for diving, "He must have been watching the Czech team at the World Cup". There's nothing remotely funny about soccer, the fans are too serious.

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