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Topic - Ryan Whitney
With a roster full of young talent, the Edmonton Oilers are eager to end their lengthy playoff drought.
PITTSBURGH — Sergei Gonchar's first season in this city was a miserable one.
Since the Penguins last won the Stanley Cup in 1992, their opponent in Game 1 of the finals tonight, the Detroit Red Wings, captured hockey's greatest prize three times and have become the NHL's model franchise. The Penguins, one of the league's original expansion teams in 1967, have been anything but. Stanley Cup Finals Preview
"A couple of us were talking about how we remember those down days," Whitney said. "We remember those days when we kept saying we were going to be great and were going to be in the Stanley Cup Finals, and we were going to win Stanley Cups. It is nice to finally be there. Well, we're not there yet, but we are close."
"That's my goal. He's gone through development as a player — good times and bad," Whitney said.