All Doug Weight could do was watch.
The injured Carolina center sat high above the ice for Game 6 and the view wasn't pleasant as the Hurricanes beat the Oilers, 4-0. The Hurricanes won't say exactly what's wrong with Weight, but it's clear that his right shoulder was badly hurt when he was sandwiched by two Edmonton players early in the third period of Game 5.
Weight tucked his right hand inside his slacks as he talked about the hit in the tunnel beneath Rexall Place. He didn't sound hopeful of being back tonight for Game 7.
``You never know," he said. ``But it feels like an eight-week injury to me."
The 35-year-old Weight, who was playing in his first finals, tried to be philosophical about his injury but still found it difficult to watch the Hurricanes try to win the Stanley Cup without him.
``I feel bad for my teammates," he said. ``You want to be out there helping the team."
Weight returned to the bench in Wednesday's game after he was hurt. Most people thought he was there only to take part in a possible celebration, but the 15-year veteran fully intended to play again. Coach Peter Laviolette kept him on the bench.
Borrowing a page from the Hurricanes' defensive playbook earlier in the series, Oilers goalie Jussi Markkanen
's teammates actually blocked more shots (20) than he did in helping the former third-string goalie to his first playoff shutout Saturday night . . . The Hurricanes have mustered only 18 shots since the second period of Game 5 -- a span of about 84 minutes . . . After going 1 for 25 on the power play in the first four games of the Stanley Cup finals, the Oilers have bounced back with a 4-fot-16 outburst in the past two games. Edmonton scored three of its four goals Saturday with the man advantage. Carolina, which had been doing such a good job killing penalties and capitalizing on them, went 0 for 6 on the power play in Game 6.
The Oilers had a high-powered fan cheering them on during their 4-0 victory in Game 6. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
was among the sellout crowd at Rexall Center, but he declined to don an Edmonton jersey. Harper represents a district in Calgary -- home of the Oilers' bitter provincial rival, the Flames -- and didn't want any evidence to dispute his true loyalties. ``That picture would be used against me in Calgary," Harper told TSN, a Canadian all-sports network. Harper said he lived in Edmonton for three years after moving to Alberta and saw the team's first NHL playoff game in the city in 1980. The prime minister praised Oilers' fans for their passion. ``It's been really emotional," Harper said. ``The atmosphere of all these games has been great."
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