It was on this day in Oilers history that Fernando Pisani scored one of the most iconic goals in recent memory after he went bar down on Cam Ward, winning Game 5 with a shorthanded snipe.
During the ’06 Cup run, everything seemed to be going right for Fernando Pisani and it was incredible to watch. During those couple of months, Pisani had gone from being a reliable two-way forward to a big-time goal scorer that always seemed to come through in the clutch. When the Oilers need a goal, Pisani was there. In 80 regular season games, Pisani scored 18 goals for the Oilers in 2005-06, but then went completely supernova in the playoffs. In 24 games, Pisani shot the lights out, scoring 14 huge goals with none bigger than this top-shelf beauty from Game 5.
This was one of those games (and finishes) that I’ll never forget for as long as I live. I was watching the game at Beer Hunter in St. Albert when Pisani scored, and my cousin Shaun threw a full pitcher of beer in the air, spraying everyone around us with discounted draught. No one cared in the slightest. The place was going ballistic after that goal, and it gave Pisani legendary status that won’t soon be forgotten. Not only did Pisani win Game 5 for the Oilers, he also became the only player in NHL history to score a shorthanded OT winner in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Needless to say, this goal is always worth another look. Check it out: