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Oilers back where they started before trade deadline

Updated: June 6, 2006, 1:35 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

RALEIGH, N.C. -- For 37 minutes or so, the Oilers couldn't have asked for anything more out of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Hurricanes.

They had a 3-0 lead, which included the first successful penalty shot in Cup finals history (scored by Chris Pronger). They were winning every physical battle. And, they were keeping the Hurricanes on the far edges of the rink.

The next 23 minutes, however, were sheer horror for the Oilers, who lost the game 5-4 and their ...

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