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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
They have a chance to bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada: the Oilers having become "Canada's Team" by default, even though, for the most part, Carolina is just as Canadian when considering everything from management to stars. The real significance, win or lose, is that the Oilers stand symbolic of two critical reasons why any of us should care. First is that the Edmonton Oilers prove that, thanks to the league's new economic model, small-market teams can not only survive, but thrive. Six years ago, it was said the federal government either stepped in with a bailout package or else it was only a matter of a few seasons before the number of NHL teams in Canada would fall to one, located somewhere in Southern Ontario. Today, the Oilers and Flames and Senators are not only considered safe, there are now dreams that have the NHL one day returning to Winnipeg. Second is that the Oilers, as well as the Hurricanes, prove that the rules crackdown works and must be kept. This series is as rough and tough as any recent playoffs -- but it is also watchable.

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