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Chris Pronger (left) and the gritty Oilers were an afterthought in the first post-lockout playoffs, but veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson went on the most remarkable run of his career and upsets of Presidents' Trophy-winner Detroit (six games), San Jose (six) and Anaheim (five) followed. The first eighth-seed to reach a Cup final in the playoff format adopted in 1994, the Oilers rallied out of a three-games-to-one hole to extend Carolina to seven games despite a season-ending knee injury to Roloson in Game 1 that required backups Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen to come off the bench they'd been on since the start of the playoffs.

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