With the Los Angeles Kings winning their first Stanley Cup just days ago, it’s hard not to remember some of this franchise’s finer times. Sure, the eighties were a fine time. 1990 wasn’t so bad, either. Todd Marchant had a pretty memorable goal against the Dallas Stars in 1997.
Certain memories stick with you.
Something happened six years ago.
Yes, the playoffs, but something happened six years ago to the day – the 14th of June, 2006.
It was this team’s last great moment.
It was a moment where an unlikely candidate emerged and shot life back into a series that could’ve been over with the next Carolina goal.
Game 5, 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. Enter Fernando Pisani.
An eighteen goal scorer in 2005-06, Fernando Pisani was all over a lacklustre pass from Hurricane foward Cory Stillman. Pisani let loose a wrist shot in front of Cam Ward that never had a chance. Shorthanded. In overtime. Game over.
Normally, this is where I’d comment about how excruciatingly terrible it’s been since 2006, what with the whole missing playoffs thing. But, not today. Put yourself in a time machine and go back to when we were all having fun, if just for two minutes.
Thanks again, Fernando. We had fun.
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