Oilers edge Hurricanes for first victory in series

Sunday, June 11, 2006

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton finally figured out a way to beat Cam Ward, and now the Oilers are right back in the Stanley Cup finals.

Ryan Smyth wouldn't be denied as he powered in front of the net to knock in a rebound with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in the third period, giving the Oilers a 2-1 victory over Carolina on Saturday night and cutting the Hurricanes' lead in the series to 2-1.

Jussi Markkanen, the replacement goalie for injured Dwayne Roloson, stopped 24 shots.

The Oilers scored 2 1/2 minutes into the game and zealously guarded the lead until Rod Brind'Amour tied it up with 10:51 remaining in the third.

It was left to Smyth to prevent Edmonton from falling into a virtually insurmountable 3-0 hole.

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