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Video- Mic’d Up During The Conference Finals

7 minutes to watch.

 

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The Season Comes To An End For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It’s hard to say this wasn’t how it was supposed to end, since they were never supposed to be here in the first place. There was the expected ovation of appreciation from the fans who stuck it out to the end, albeit dampened by the circumstances.

The Carolina Hurricanes’ wild month-long ride came to the tamest of ends, a sweep at the hands of a clearly superior opponent, while their captain – maybe at the end of his career, maybe just approaching it – was still in his gear long after his teammates had left the dressing room. Justin Williams took it harder than anyone else, perhaps knowing better than anyone else how rarely these opportunities arise and how few, if any, he may have left at age 37.

It will take a while for this run to find the proper perspective, and no one was in position to do that after a 4-0 loss to complete the Boston Bruins’ sweep of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday, the Prince of Wales Trophy presented on this ice for the third time, only once to the home team.

But in the tears and frustration and disappointment – and rank embarrassment over a rudderless power play that was inadequate all season and proved decidedly crippling in this series – there is at least a lesson in just how much this very young team has to improve to be competitive at this elite level.

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The Boston Bruins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

The Bruins completed the sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 win tonight.

Boston was the better team throughout the series and earned the outcome.

The earliest end date for the WCF is Sunday, May 19th and the latest it can end is Thursday, May 23rd.

So way too early to say when the SCF will start.

I'll add highlights to this post when available.

added 11:01pm, Handshakes below.

added 11:17pm, Prince of Wales Trophy presentation is below.

added 11:41pm, game highlights below...

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Open Post- The Boston Bruins Can Eliminate The Carolina Hurricanes Tonight

Boston leads the series 3-0 and have been the better team.

Carolina has hope but other than that, it looks like this series is over.

Late news, Chara out tonight, replaced by John Moore.

 

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The Carolina Hurricanes Need A Win Tonight

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Bunch of Jerks are down to the end of the tube.

“You know the toothpaste where you can always squeeze a little bit more out of it?” Canes captain Justin Williams was saying. “We’re going to try to squeeze as much as we can out of our toothpaste here. We’ve got plenty left in it.”

That’s only slightly more palatable than the last analogy that Williams used before in this Eastern Conference final, saying the Hurricanes needed to chew on a “poop sandwich.”

But in some ways, the Hurricanes are still munching on it, maybe even more so after their first- period surge against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 failed to turn the tide on home ice. As well as they played, it wasn’t good enough.

“Everybody felt they played pretty hard, these are the tough ones to recover from,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “They are. That’s just the human nature of it. That’s our job, to pick up the pieces, come in [Thursday], try to put everything behind you and know that it’s going to take that same effort, plus something else, to beat these guys. 

“That’s the challenge.”

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Tuukka Rask Has Been The Difference

from Fran Seravalli of TSN,

You can just feel it, Rod Brind’Amour was saying.

You could feel it in the first period on Tuesday night, the wind sucked out of the Hurricanes. They threw the kitchen sink at Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins’ stone cold killer didn’t blink.

Two U’s. Two K’s. Too good.

“He’s definitely the difference-maker, you can feel it,” Brind’Amour said. “He makes the save that maybe should go in. There were a couple point-blankers. When you make them over and over, on some real good Grade A [chances], that’s how you win.”

The message was clear: If the Hurricanes couldn’t win that period, with 20 shots on net and three power plays including a two-man advantage, they don’t have a prayer to win this Eastern Conference final.

There may be a Game 4 on Thursday night, but it felt like Rask delivered the knockout blow to the Bunch of Jerks’ dream season already.

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Below, watch the highlights of Boston's 2-1 over Carolina.

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Video-  Rod Brind’Amour Is A Great Fit In Carolina

via Sportsnet,

Brind’Amour came to Raleigh in 1999 and hasn’t looked back; his relationship with the team and the town has made him the ideal fit, but it hasn’t been without challenges.

 

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Curtis McElhinney May Be In Goal Tonight For The Canes

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

With their season essentially hanging in the balance, you have to believe the Carolina Hurricanes are turning to Curtis McElhinney.

Down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final after being shelled for two games by the Boston Bruins, they need to change something. Rod Brind’Amour inadvertently dropped a hint when he refused to name a starting goaltender for Game 3, putting up a smokescreen on Tuesday morning that he probably wouldn’t bother with if he was simply rolling out Petr Mrazek again.

The motivation behind Brind’Amour’s sleight of hand seemed to be more based in ritual than any perceived competitive advantage.

"Just why not? I can’t be that guy who does that, right?" he said. "I know who we’re starting, but I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Sorry."

Based on recent performance, it’s an easy choice.

The Bruins preyed on Mrazek’s tendency to come out to the top of the blue paint and aggressively challenge shooters while putting 10 pucks behind him on 52 shots to open the series. Those were his first two starts after returning from a groin injury and can’t be classified as confidence-builders.

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The Carolina Hurricanes Now Must Defeat Fatigue Too

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Fatigue is setting in with the Carolina Hurricanes. But it’s more mental than physical.

While they needed a Game 7 to get past the Washington Capitals in the first round, this is a team that has been playing what has felt like do-or-die games since the start of January just to get into the playoffs. Four months later, it’s finally catching up to them.

“It looked like we were really tired,” head coach Rod Brind’Amour said a day after losing 6-2 to the Boston Bruins. “And we’ve only played two games in 10 days. But I think the mental fatigue got to us. It was a real strong push by our guys for about four months and it just felt like we didn’t have that extra gear that we needed at this time of year.”

It’s easy to forget — mostly because they looked so good against the Capitals and Islanders — that the Hurricanes weren’t a shoe-in to make the playoffs this year. They weren’t even close.

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Evening Line Video- Justin Williams After Today’s 6-2 Loss To Boston

"You got to eat a poop sandwich..."

 

 

added 7:26pm, longer version is below...

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