RALEIGH -- Slowly but surely since this Stanley Cup final began, the Edmonton Oilers have been squeezing the offensive life out of the Carolina Hurricanes with stifling defensive play.
In Saturday's 4-0 win over the Hurricanes to square this best-of-seven final 3-3, the Oilers allowed Carolina just 16 shots at stopper Jussi Markkanen, marking a series low.
"We're not going to get led down the garden path by that," cautioned coach Craig MacTavish.
"They're going to come hard tomorrow. It's going to be an all-out blitz by both teams.
"We've seen them when they're playing at the top of their game. We certainly have a healthy respect for the damage they can do when they're playing at that level."
The Oilers haven't allowed the Hurricanes 30 shots at their goaltenders in a single game.
Since the series began, they've allowed 26, 26, 25, 20, 24 and 16 shots. Remarkable, considering that Carolina's potent power play has had 39 cracks at them through six games.
Markkanen didn't see a single shot in overtime in Game 5, when Fernando Pisani settled it 3:31 into the extra frame.
He faced just three shots in the opening 20 minutes Saturday.
"They're going to put a lot of rubber at Jussi. I'm sure that's going to be a part of their game plan," MacTavish said. "They're going to try to get pucks and bodies to the net.
"We have to do as good a job as we did in Game 6 trying to stop that and to put pressure on them."