Oilers lose Roloson for finals
The Edmonton Oilers will have to win the Stanley Cup without No. 1 goaltender Dwayne Roloson between the pipes.
Roloson, a prime candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as top playoff performer, sustained a season-ending knee injury late in Monday’s 5-4 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at the RBC Center.
After Monday’s exciting, up-and-down, heart-breaking Game 1, the first question on everyone’s minds is going to be: Do the Oilers still have a chance at the Stanley Cup without goalie Dwayne Roloson?
Edmonton lost its best player of the playoffs, its Conn Smythe Trophy candidate. What now?
Down three goals to the Edmonton Oilers late in the second period, the Hurricanes managed to do Monday on the NHL’s biggest stage what they did all year long. A four-goal spurt got the Canes back into the game and gave them a 5-4 victory over the Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers learned a valuable lesson in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals: no lead is safe against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Oilers squandered a 3-0 lead, lost their starting goalie to injury and gave up a bad goal late in the third as the Hurricanes won 5-4 to take a 1-0 series lead.
Edmonton looked pretty good to start the game, showing little “rust” from their 11 day layoff, although it showed a bit on their powerplay opportunities in the first, including two back-to-back two-man advantages.