Carolina won 4-3 (Game 1 of 7)

Carolina won 4-3

Game 1: Monday, June 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, June 7th
Game 3: Saturday, June 10th
Game 4: Monday, June 12th
Game 5: Wednesday, June 14th
Game 6: Saturday, June 17th
Game 7: Monday, June 19th

8:00 PM ET, June 5, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
EDM 1 2 14
CAR 0 1 45

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Whitney (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Williams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Edmonton at Carolina 8:00 pm EDT

Edmonton at Carolina 8:00 pm EDT Stanley Cup Finals Game One

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - The two teams left playing for hockey's ultimate prize have their roots in the old World Hockey Association.

The Edmonton Oilers continue their remarkable postseason run when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.

After grabbing the final Western Conference playoff spot in the waning days of the regular season, Edmonton became the first No. 8 seed to win the conference title since the current playoff format began in 1994.

The Oilers opened the postseason by stunning the Presidents' Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings in six games. Following a pair of losses in the conference semifinals against San Jose, Edmonton won eight of nine to eliminate the Sharks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Back in the Finals for the seventh time in franchise history, the Oilers will look for their sixth championship and first since 1990. They also will carry the hopes of an entire nation, since no Canadian team has won the Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

One of the big surprises for the Oilers has been the play of goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Acquired in March from the Minnesota Wild, he is 12-5 with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in the postseason.

Carolina began life in the WHA as the New England Whalers and spent more than two decades in Hartford, Connecticut, before moving to Raleigh in 1997.

The Hurricanes set a franchise record with 52 victories - nine more than the previous mark set in 1986-1987 - and won the the Southwest Division by 20 points over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Despite missing the top seed in the East by one point to the Ottawa Senators, Carolina rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the conference quarterfinals before eliminating the Canadiens in six games.

After getting past the New Jersey Devils in five contests, the Hurricanes scored three third-period goals in a Game Seven triumph over the Buffalo Sabres to reach the Finals for the first time since 2002.

Unlike the Oilers, Carolina has used both its netminders in the playoffs, mostly going with rookie Cam Ward, who is 11-5 with a 2.07 GAA in 16 games. However, Martin Gerber has played in six games with four starts, posting one shutout.

The series also has an air of uncertainty, since the teams did not face each other in the regular season. The last time this happened in the Finals was in 1995, when New Jersey battled Detroit.

Game Two is scheduled for Wednesday at Carolina.