Hurricane blows through Alberta
The amazing comeback bid by the Oilers simply wasn't enough. Okay, well technically, there were several other reasons why the Oilers lost game 7, but it was an entertaining game to say the least.
Seeing long time veteran Rod Brind'Amour finally hold the cup up was satisfying in a way. And the fact that rookie goalie, Cam Ward won the Conn Smythe was very cool. He played for Red Deer last year, and is an Albertan as well.
As for the game, I think Edmonton was fooled by their easy victory in game 6, and it seemed as though they lost most battles on the boards, were out hit, and lacked the ability to get quick passes through without Carolina intercepting them. There were a few terrible plays in the offensive zone as well, where guys in near perfect shooting areas passed the puck off to either nobody or blindly behind their backs... The Oilers really needed to score on their 2 man advantage, but instead, Smyth took the inevitable hooking penalty.
This marks two years in a row that Alberta has choked in the Stanley Cup final. Next year, we'll see if Montreal can do better!!!