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Destiny's child

Posted on: May 15, 2009 12:44 am

It's not hard to get the feeling something special is happening in Carolina these days.

Forget for a minute that this team missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons after winning the 2006 Stanley Cup and as late as the trade deadline, seemed like a good bet to make it three in row. Or that they have knocked off the top seed in the East and another division winner to get to the conference finals. It's the way they have done it that makes it seem like the pieces are all falling into place for them.

Remember, Carolina needed a remarkable six week run to the finish line just to get to the playoffs. Then the Hurricanes came up with a miracle -- what else would you call scoring twice on Martin Brodeur in the final 80 seconds of a Game 7 -- to survive the first round. And now, Carolina has managed to overcome the Boston Bruins with a dramatic 3-2 overtime win on the road in Game 7 after blowing a 3-1 series lead. Doing it the easy way is obviously not in their DNA.

But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way when the Hurricanes are playing the way they can. Back in 2006, they called it relentless, which became the motto for a team that had a hell bent for leather approach to the game. Injuries and personnel changes forced a change in Carolina's game over the next couple of seasons, but the Hurricanes rediscovered the style toward the end of this season and have carried it into the playoffs. With the kind of speed and balanced scoring power this team has, not to mention the goaltending of Cam Ward, it makes for a very dangerous combination.

The Bruins learned that first hand throughout this series, and particularly during the overtime of tonight's finale. While the home team was taking a cautious approach at the outset of the extra session, Carolina was putting the pedal to the metal right away and trying to force the break they needed to win.

It came with less than two minutes left in the first overtime when Boston's Vezina finalist goalie Tim Thomas couldn't control the rebound off Ray Whitney's blistering slap shot. And it added insult to injury since it was Scott Walker, public enemy No. 1 to Bruins fans because he avoided a suspension last week for sucker punching Boston defenseman Aaron Ward, who batted the puck out of mid air to score the winner.

Maybe that was just fate. Or a sign of destiny.

Category: NHL

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 9:24 am

Destiny's child

Pens in 8!!!!  Oh wait it's a best of 7, guess it's the Canes then.  The lack of respect this team gets is astounding.  The last two Playoff appearances they've made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, winning one.  Through those series, "Canes can't do it!", "Canes just playing lucky."  Why can't people give respect where respect is due?  What do the Canes need to do to prove they belong?  They knocked off the #3 and #1 seeds in the East, I bet when they beat the Pens, it'll be b/c Crosby had a hang nail or something.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2009 9:17 am

Destiny's child

Great, another fan of some team playing the 'Canes and saying the "'Canes don't have a chance", "My team in 4 or 5", "'Canes are lucky", etc.

When the majority of the fans of the other teams actually give credit to the 'Canes, then i'll worry.

Till then, reading stuff like this just makes the winning sweeter.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 8:46 am

Destiny's child

You better look back a little toxicsmurf.  Devils fans thought they would win in 5, although that one I can't understand even from their perspective given the way Carolina and New Jersey played the last month of the season.  Jersey winning maybe, but in a cakewalk no way.  Then came the Bruins fans with their mopping the floor of the Habs and first place finish.  Virtually every post I saw before the series began by a Bruins fan predicted a sweep or five game series.  I could understand that sentiment better than New Jersey, but again one needed to look at the performance the last third or so of the regular season.  Boston stayed strong, but any of Carolina's losses to Boston during the regular season sweep were February or earlier.  Now comes the Penguins.  Like Carolina, very hot the latter part of the year.  Pens are more like Carolina as a team than Boston with their offensive speed and skill but not as physically dominating, in my opinion.  If I were a third party, objective, knowledgeable forecaster, I would probably pick Pittsurgh to win, but more like in 6 or 7, not 5.  Where Carolina may have an advantage on the Pens is in the goal.  I believe Cam Ward is a notch above Mark Adrea-Fleurry, so we shall just see.

GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 8:19 am

Destiny's child

The Canes are on a role but i cant see them beating the Penguins. Penguins in 5, rematch Cup with Red Wings

Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 7:56 am

Destiny's child

canes in mass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   was in beantown for game 2, lot of boozin fans in there, sure they were  crying in it last nite    wahooooooooooooooooooooooo &nb
sp; scottie walker!

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 7:19 am

Destiny's child

The major question the Hurricanes fans want to know is if the media will start to recognize the Hurricanes and what they are accomplishing or will it be the same-o-same-o, this team got lucky and shouldn't be here.  It's going to be interesting to see all the Penguins in 5 picks this round. 

Myself, I'll take my chances with the Hurricanes and Cam Ward in the playoffs,  We won't completely shut down "the kid" and company but they won't score against this team like they did in the first two rounds. 

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 6:36 am

Destiny's child.... uhhhh

What makes you think we care that much about you. You are incredibly self absorbed... i want the two minutes of my life it took to read this back.... Uuuuh!

p.s. The Caines play was inspired and oddly enough... Yes, Raleigh is a pretty fun hockey town come playoff time.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 1:58 am

Destiny's child

I grew up in the great state of Maine, a hotbed of college hockey (though slightly less bright of late) and the majority of the state, if they even paid attention to college hockey, were Bruins fans. I myself grew up a Ducks fan, thanks to the great Maine forward Paul Kariya and his time there in Anaheim. I moved to Raleigh in 2002 and it took me a long time to warm up to the hometown team. Not because I didn't like the 'Canes, but because I have a hard time switching loyalties (being a Red Sox fan will do that to you). I was in Raleigh for the '06 cup run and while I still was a Ducks fan, I must say it was one of the most remarkable sporting atmospheres that I had seen. This city embraced the Canes, as did my friends and I, celebrating by creating a Stanley Cup replica dubbed "the Stanley Keg" out of a stolen construction cylinder, a plant pot, and a popcorn bowl. We drank beer from it to celebrate the win. After the win, the seasons following were very quiet, and my team, the Ducks, made their run to the cup. Somehow it didn't feel as good. I saw it and it didn't mean all that much to me. I lost some of my love for pro hockey that season and started following more college hockey. I love the college game but it just isn't the same as the pros. Before this season I made a personally wrenching decision to switch loyalties, bought a Canes jersey and became a full-fledged Carolina fan. While i am a Maineiac i don't think I deserve the title Caneiac just yet, however my reason for switching became very apparent tonight. The championship atmosphere is back in this city where every bar is crowded on game night and everybody starts to dress up in red and white, blasting out to "The Scorpions". It is playoff time here in Raleigh and I look forward to the greeting that awaits Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh teammates when they come into our country. This is southern hockey at its best, and even though I may be a northerner, I'm darn proud to be in Hurricanes country right now. LET"S GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!

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