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Oilers overcome odds to reach Cup finals

It took 81 regular-season games for Edmonton to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Now the team is four wins from its first Stanley Cup since 1990, Scott Burnside writes.

Updated: June 1, 2006, 11:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For most of the last 16 years the Edmonton Oilers have been a museum piece, stuck in a back hallway somewhere between ancient glory and irrelevance.

Saturday night, the Oilers arrived at a sparkling new place in team history with a 2-1 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim that vaulted them into their first Stanley Cup finals since 1990.

"I don't think you can realize the magnitude, the importance of this, us going to the Stanley Cup finals in ...

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