North of the 400

North of Toronto, South of a championship

Hate to see it end like this

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On Monday night, I managed to just miss Dwayne Roloson blow apart his leg and have to leave the series – which is pretty much two seperate senerioes:

– Bob Essensa, 1990: The Winnipeg Jets blow a 3-1 series lead after he is knocked out in game 4 of their quarterfinals against Edmonton

or

– Grant Fuhr, 1990: The Edmonton Oilers win their first cup after Fuhr is suspended for 40 games (and the playoffs) for substance abuse

But after tonights game (A 5-0 shellacking by the Hurricanes) it’s pretty appearent that there will be no Bill Ranford on this Oiler team, a goalie that can stand up and win the series for them.

But perhaps it’s for the best – these playoffs have been the coming out party for Cam Ward, who has shown himself to be the best playoff rookie since Patrick Roy or Ken Dryden. He’s not just making key saves anymore – he’s making fantastic saves that are leaving everybody (myself, Ryan Smyth and Harry Neale) stunned… Just where did that glove come from?

Still, I would hate to see the playoffs end like they are: with the Oilers basically blowing an axle en route to their loss. After what’s been a good (not great, but still good) postseason, I’d feel just a little ripped off if Carolina takes this series like they took game two.

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Written by M.

June 6, 2006 at 11:51 pm

Posted in Hockey, nhl

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