Should the Carolina Hurricanes go on to win the Stanley Cup, whether it takes five games or more to finish off the Edmonton Oilers, the winning edge should be easy to define.
In short, the Canes have scored goals on the power play while the Oilers, try as they might, have not for the most part.
Cory Stillman walked off the ice after being honored as the game’s first star, and Peter Laviolette was waiting.
Under the stands, hidden from the fans, the Carolina Hurricanes’ coach wrapped Stillman in a bear hug of triumph and thanks.
Stillman and Laviolette are now only a victory from embracing the Stanley Cup and are coming back to Raleigh on the verge of a championship after Stillman helped Eric Staal fight through a resolute Edmonton Oilers defense and get assists on both Carolina goals in a 2-1 win over the Oilers in Game 4 on Monday.
Oilers lose crucial home game
The catchy “Get Electric” slogan the Edmonton Oilers adopted for the playoffs has put a jolt into 10 capacity crowds at Rexall Place this post-season, but it hasn’t provided the Oilers’ power play enough of a charge to light a 60-watt bulb against the Carolina Hurricanes.