"The last thing we want to do is take our foot off the gas,"
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
After taking the first two games of the Western Conference final
in Anaheim, the Oilers returned to Edmonton on Monday two victories
away from their first Stanley Cup final since 1990. Edmonton has
won six straight games entering Game 3 on Tuesday night.
"It's been a good unexpected run," MacTavish said.
Michael Peca, who scored in both of Edmonton's series-opening
wins, reminded the team to make the most of its fleeting chance to
claim hockey's top prize. Peca captained the Buffalo Sabres when
they lost the 1999 Stanley Cup final to Dallas.
"If you have an opportunity to get to the Stanley Cup, it may
be the only time in a 10-, 12-, or 15-year career that you have to
play for it," Peca said. "We all realize, old and young on our
team, that this is a great opportunity that we have."
The Mighty Ducks have lost 13 of their last 14 games against the
Oilers and haven't won in Edmonton since 1999.
"The building is just going to be nuts," said Fernando Pisani,
an Edmonton native who leads the Oilers with eight playoff goals.
"The fans are excited and they will show their excitement."
The Mighty Ducks, however, are no strangers to playoff
comebacks. They were down 3-2 to the Calgary Flames in the
quarterfinals before winning six straight games that included a
sweep of the Colorado Avalanche in the semifinals.
Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves Sunday to help the Oilers to their
second straight 3-1 victory. The 36-year-old former backup picked
up by the Oilers at the trade deadline said he doesn't fell
overworked after playing an NHL-high 14 playoff games.
"There isn't really a grind," said Roloson, who has the NHL's
third-best playoff goals-against average (2.01), and is even on a
scoring streak with an assist in two straight games. "The coaches
have been great giving us days off, and the players whenever they
need a rest they take it off."