The vociferous booing started from the opening notes of singer
Annmarie Martin's rendition of "O Canada." While other fans
attempted to drown it out by singing along, the boos were audible
until the final notes.
Pregame anthem booing was a hot-button issue in sports shortly
after the beginning of the war in Iraq, with fans in Chicago's
Wrigley Field, Montreal's Bell Centre and other arenas booing their
neighbors' anthem from 2002-04.
There was no apparent political motive for the booing in San
Jose -- just a questionable expression of the fans' dislike of the
Oilers, who won the last two games in Edmonton to tie the series at
two games apiece.
The Shark Tank fans didn't boo "O Canada" before the first two
games, and fans in Edmonton didn't boo "The Star-Spangled Banner"