Carolina won 4-3 (Game 2 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 7, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
EDM 0 0 00
CAR 1 2 25

Top Skaters

Edmonton: J. Stoll - 3 SOG, Even

Carolina: M. Cullen - 3 A, +1

Edmonton at Carolina 8:00 pm EDT

Edmonton at Carolina 8:00 pm EDT Stanley Cup Finals Carolina leads, 1-0

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - Rod Brind'Amour and the Carolina Hurricanes pounced on an opportunity when it was revealed to them in the opener of the Stanley Cup Finals. Game Two also should bring great chances.

Brind'Amour and the Hurricanes will try to take advantage of the absence of goaltender Dwayne Roloson when they look to open up a two-game edge over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup since 1990, the Oilers had everything going their way in Game One after taking a 3-0 late in the second period. However, the Hurricanes scored four straight goals to take the lead and Roloson, who had nearly carried the Oilers through the postseason, suffered a strained right MCL with 5:54 remaining. He will miss the rest of the series.

Forced to turn to unheralded replacement Ty Conklin, the move proved disastrous for Edmonton, as Conklin committed a pivotal turnover that allowed Brind'Amour to score the game-winner with 32 seconds left.

Now the Oilers must pick up the pieces even though coach Craig MacTavish has yet to select a starting goaltender. He will have to decide between Conklin or Jussi Markkanen, and neither had appeared in a game since April 17 when the series started.

"There's been a pretty big stage built for this team to answer the bell, play very well and win the Stanley Cup," said MacTavish, who spent a considerable amount of Tuesday's practice working with his goalies.

Despite its limited choices, Edmonton can take solace that both Conklin and Markkanen were part of a trio of goaltenders that it used over the first five months of the season until Roloson was acquired in March.

"They have three good goalies on their team, the last time I checked," Hurricanes center Doug Weight added. "Ty is a good player and Markkanen has proven he can play in this league."

As far as the Hurricanes are concerned, they insist that the opposing goaltender does not impact their game plan and that they know they need to play better regardless.

"It's not going to change how we play," said Carolina right wing Ray Whitney, who scored twice in the series-opening 5-4 triumph. "We've always been a team that focuses on how we play, on the outcome, not the other team."

However, Carolina doubtless is pleased it once again will be playing in front of its rabid fans at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes have won their last four home games in the postseason, including Game Seven of the Eastern Conference finals against Buffalo, and are 8-3 here overall.

Game Three is scheduled for Saturday at Edmonton.