In Hockey, As In Basketball, Sharp Teamwork Can Be Elusive
My piece on Saturday that praised the Carolina Hurricanes for their sharp teamwork, and described the ragged play of the Edmonton Oilers, must have inspired the Oilers, because on Saturday the two teams seemed to exchange places. In game 6 Edmonton, playing at home, by a score of 4 to 0, routed the Hurricanes, who looked confused and slow. Last night, in Raleigh, both teams played great team hockey, and as I had thought, the Hurricanes won the cup with a 3 to 1 victory (including an empty net goal). The difference was the play of the Hurricanes’ goaltender, Cam Ward. It was great hockey, and I love the new rules. I can hardly wait until next fall.