Edmonton holds its breath before the decisive Stanley Cup game

Edmonton Oilers fans eagerly await kickoff on the 7the and last game of the Stanley Cup final which pits their team against the Florida Panthers on Monday evening. In the event of victory, the franchise from the Alberta capital would end a three-decade wait, having not won this trophy since 1990.

In 2017, Kade Gartner, then a student at Archbishop Jordan Secondary School in Sherwood Park, east of Edmonton, published this prediction in the school yearbook: NHL 2024.”,”text”:”Edmonton Oilers, 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Champions.”}}”>The Edmonton Oilers, Stanley Cup champions of the NHL 2024.

He added: Remember this is where you heard it first.

Kade Gartner, now 24 years old, flew to Florida on Sunday, with his father, to witness, perhaps, the fulfillment of his prophecy.

An Oilers victory would complete the final comeback. The Florida Panthers took an early lead, winning the first three games of the final, but the Oilers came back, stringing together several strong performances to even the best-of-seven series at 3-3.

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“This is probably the most important game in the NHL in many years,” said Matthew Tkachuk, one of the Florida Panthers’ alternate captains.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Julien Fournier

At the gates of history

Either way, the winner of game seven will make history.

The Panthers, who are in the final for the third time, are seeking their first Stanley Cup and redemption after finishing runner-up in the National Hockey League (NHL) last year.

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The Oilers, for their part, will try to join the Maple Leafs of Toronto, which is the only team to have won the cup after starting the series with three defeats. It was in 1942.

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Edmonton could win its first cup since 1990 and become the first Canadian team in the NHL to lift the trophy since the victory of the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

On Sunday, Oilers alternate captain Leon Draisaitl acknowledged the team was aware of the historical context of the recent winning streak. We must focus on winning by giving our bestdid he declare.

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Leon Draisaitl, alternate captain of the Oilers, promises that he and his teammates will give their best to try to lift the trophy at the expense of the Florida Panthers.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Julien Fournier

Players from both teams talked about 7e Stanley Cup Final game as something hockey players dream about growing up. Now it’s realitysaid Corey Perry of the Oilers, who played in several finals and lifted the cup in 2007.

I don’t think our mindset changes. It’s impossible, because we’ve done some good things, but we haven’t done anything great yet.

A quote from Corey Perry, Oilers player

Several Oilers players have improved significantly in recent games, including hometown goaltender Stuart Skinner.

According to Scott Skinner, one of his older brothers, the family wants to see this youngest of nine children reach the top of competitive hockey. The family always dreamed of touching the Stanley Cup and lifting ithe said, adding: The excitement in this house, the encouragement and support has been overwhelming.

Kickoff for Game 7 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

With information from Nicholas Frew, Janet French, Patrick Henri, Terry Reith, Jay Rosove and Emily Senger

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