3-3 tie. Game five of the Stanley Cup finals on the line in overtime.
With a powerplay in the extra frame, Cory Stillman is trying to move the Carolina Hurricanes out of their own zone against the visiting Edmonton Oilers but flubs the pass to Eric Staal. Fernando Pisani was holding the blue line and was able to jump the puck coming off the half wall towards the middle of the rink.
He quickly poke checked the puck away from another Hurricane and was in all alone against Cam Ward. Pisani took a quick five strides and got himself into the slot. A quick, hard wrist shot beats Ward high on his glove side and the Oilers win the game.
That’s exactly what happened today in 2006 when Fernando Pisani scored the biggest goal of his career. Mauled by his teammates, it’s a moment he surely never will forget.
“It was one of the plays where it seemed like time stood still,” said Pisani, 43, told The Athletic’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman. “The shot came off perfect off my stick. I couldn’t have put it in a better place. All I remember is everybody jumping on top of me.
“It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
How revered was Pisani around Edmonton? Well, someone made a song describing his goal, for heaven’s sake.
For Pisani, it was a goal that defined his career amid a career-best season. Drafted in the 8th round of the 1996 entry draft from the AJHL’s St. Albert Saints, he took the college route playing four years at Providence College in the late 90’s. From there, he played two and a half years of AHL hockey before his NHL debut in the 2002-03 season.
In 2005-06, he had a big year scoring 18 goals and 37 points in 80 games and come the playoffs, he hit another level. Throughout that Oilers historic run, he scored 14 goals and 18 points in 24 games doubling any other Oiler in goal scoring during that run.
A cult hero in Edmonton, he’ll never be forgotten for one of the wildest goals in team history.
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