|ESPN.com: NHL Playoffs 2006||[Print without images]|
|Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson left in the third period of Game 1 with a right knee injury.|
He'll have to do it against a resilient Hurricanes team. They've come back all postseason long. The turning point of the game came when Mike Commodore dove and blocked a Ryan Smyth two-on-one pass, leading to Carolina's first goal. Instead of going into the second intermission down 4-0, the Canes made it 3-1. The Canes did it behind the leadership of Brind'Amour, the blocked shots -- including Glen Wesley's heroic effort -- and, of course, Ward. Still, the Oilers have a chance because they've got a lot of heart. Ward made five unbelievable saves in the game; he came across twice, including a huge glove save on Shawn Horcoff, and stopped a Smyth breakaway. What MacTavish has to do now is point out all the positives: how they outplayed Carolina and how Ward is the reason the Canes won. MacTavish has to sell the positives; he and his team can't dwell on Game 1. Barry Melrose, a former NHL defenseman and coach, is a hockey analyst for ESPN.