Tonight the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 2-0 and will now face Anaheim in the Western Conference final. Unfortunately I missed the game, but I had up-to-the-second text message updates. I can’t imagine what things are like back home in Edmonton! Here are some things to note about tonight’s game:
- The Edmonton Oilers are in the Western Conference finals for the first time in 14 years (not since 1992).
- This game was Roloson’s first career playoff shutout.
- Harvey’s assist was his first playoff point.
- It was the first time an eighth seed has advanced to the third round since the NHL adopted the conference format in 1994.
- This is the second consecutive season the Sharks have been knocked out by an Alberta-based team.
- Edmonton fans cheered the U.S. national anthem so loudly that the noise drowned out singer Paul Lorieau. Oilers fans were asked to be on their best behavior after some in the crowd in San Jose before Game 5 booed the Canadian anthem.
- The Oilers are the only remaining team that has won a Stanley Cup title.
- Edmonton played its 12th game this postseason, the most of any team.
UPDATE: Check out the world’s smallest Oilers logo from the UofA’s NanoFab lab!