What a great first Stanley Cup game! Back and forth action and the Oilers played a great game….. right up until the end. Edmonton’s newest, and most valuable, player Dwayne Roloson had his right knee slammed into the post as Carolina’s Andrew Ladd crashed into him after Edmonton’s defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron checked him.
Ty Conklin was then placed in net to replace Roloson, he promptly got the second assist on a goal on his own net. Roloson’s season is over and this is the biggest concern the Oilers have, being down 1:0 is almost trivial.
By “excited disappointment” I mean that this loss means that the Oilers can’t win the cup before game five, and with Roloson gone, probably game six. Game six is in Edmonton on July 17th and so am I! I’ll be presenting at the WebCT Users’ Canadian Conference that week. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the game, but I will be celebrating on Whyte avenue after that game or game seven on June 19th.
Go Oilers Go! Here’s to a bumpy road to the cup!