During Edmonton's shocking run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the Oilers needed herculean contributions from a collection of unlikely sources to topple Western Conference powerhouses Detroit and San Jose, before breezing by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Conference Finals.
Once they reached the Finals, the Oilers' most valuable player up until that point, Dwayne Roloson, went down with a series-ending injury, and Edmonton looked to Fernando Pisani, another journeyman, to lead the way.
Though Pisani's regular season totals that year were far from paltry, as the 30-year-old managed a career year with 18 goals and 37 points, his postseason was a completely different story. During Edmonton's first three series, Pisani potted nine goals and three assists, but his performance at the 2006 Finals was even better.
After scoring his tenth of the postseason in the series' opening game, Pisani went scoreless for the following three games as Edmonton fell behind in the series three games to one.
In Game 5, Pisani was the hero, as he kept Edmonton's Cup dreams afloat by scoring a shorthanded breakaway goal in overtime to force a Game 6. In the following game, Pisani was at his best once more, notching a goal and an assist to help the Oilers stay alive once again.
In the end, though the Oilers fell in Game 7, Pisani was not to blame, as he added his league-leading 14th of the postseason, closing the book on one of the most shocking performances in NHL history.