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2005-06 Edmonton Oilers
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2005-06 Edmonton Oilers

Riding the hot goaltending of Dwayne Roloson, who was acquired from Minnesota for a first- and a second-round draft pick at the March trade deadline, the eighth-seeded Oilers (41-28-13) upset the top-seeded Red Wings in six games, the Sharks (5) in six, and the Ducks (6) in five. In the final against Carolina, the East's second seed, the Oilers put up a mighty fight, extending the series to seven games after Roloson was injured in Game One and replaced by Jussi Markkanen the rest of the way. Of note: both teams had missed the playoffs the previous season (2003-04; the 2004-05 season was cancelled due to the lockout) and they failed to qualify in 2006-07.

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