Sunday, May 13, 2012

Does it get any better then game 7?

The Oil Kings had a chance to close things out in Portland tonight but the Winterhawks were relentless and in the end, forced Laurent Brossoit to say Uncle on a knuckle puck shot from Oliver Gabriel, who just happens to have grown up in Edmonton.

Before that shot, and after it, the goaltender faced 45 shots in a Portland onslaught that only stopped when Edmonton pushed back with goals, and goal posts of their own.  He was outstanding once again.
Credit: Photo by Bryan Heim

The cross bar and posts were helpful to both tenders in this one as Mac Carruth's cross bar prevented Mark Pysyk from going back to back in the game winning goal department, while earlier Brossoit got a peace of a Joe Morrow shot but not enough, and luckily there was a little Iron Maiden to help him out.

Morrow did score though, and Gabriel notched another, while Michael St. Croix scored his second of the finals and Stephane Legault tapped in a Martin Gernat feed just minutes before Pysyk hit the post.  On that play Pysyk was globetrotter like controlling the puck, and while he might have gloved it ahead he managed to keep control, get up and fire one off the post.  Had he scored, it might have qualified for most creative league championship goal of all time.

I can't imagine what it was like live, and if you were there I'm jealous.  The best thing is we get to watch it all again Sunday at Rexall Place.

Here are the beat writers articles from Saturday. Derek Van Diest and Chris O'Leary.

Final thought:  I really hope Rexall Place is full tomorrow night, as it's game 7 of a championship full of future NHL stars.

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