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Dealing With Defeats

from Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer,

With a chance to win their third NHL Eastern Conference championship in the past seven years, the Hurricanes now have spent a full week stuck in a bull’s eye role during target practice by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday’s 6-2 win by the Penguins in the RBC Center ran the games count to 3-love and the goals total to 16-8.

In the afterglow of thoserip-roaring adventures in early-round escapes against New Jersey and Boston, this excursion against the Penguins is downright depressing.

As hockey years go, the Triangle is still a toddler. Hurricanes fans are used to seeing close playoff series or not getting to the postseason party at all. Other than that rarest of sports species known as Duke football fans, most North Carolinians just aren’t very familiar with having to deal with prolonged periods of hopelessness and even the most one-sided Duke football losses rarely lasted longer than three hours.

Truth is, trailing 3-0 is a lot more exasperating than having the regional culture ridiculed by the New England media. Sticks and pucks may break our trucks, etc. Besides, at the end of the day against the fancy Boston bourgeoisie, it was Les Gooberhabs, 4-3.

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Bylsma Press Conference

Q.      Just curious if you’re getting to a point or would you like to get to a point where you go back to six defensemen? And sister question, did you assess Sergei Gonchar’s play since his injury?

        DAN BYLSMA: Again, you know, the reasons why we entertained going to seven, they’re still there to varying degrees. Things have changed, but we’re still contemplating that situation.

        You know, I think at some point we’d get back to six.

Sergei’s play – I think we’ve benefitted a lot from him on the power play. The way he brings the puck up the ice and in the zone. Just knowing the nuisances of getting the puck to different areas that we need to try to have success.

So he’s big in that regard.

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Maurice Press Conference

Q. You said your biggest challenge is going to be telling your players it’s possible to come back.

        PAUL MAURICE: It will be stronger than yesterday. We have to get these guys back out there, so they can get on the ice. And that’s part of what’s supposed to happen, instead of each mistake being part of what’s supposed to happen. Getting across that mental divide is a challenge.

        We’ve done it before. Not in conference finals circumstances this year. But that’s what counts.

        Q. Statistically, right now people are making a comparison of Crosby and Malkin To Whitney and Staal. When I asked Eric if that was fair, and maybe he’d say no. He said, ‘yes, I’ve earned that comparison with my work through the years’ and he’s not offended by it. What are your thoughts?

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Emotion Gone From Canes Game

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It’s hard to count this team out after watching what it accomplished against seemingly insurmountable obstacles earlier in the playoffs, but unless the Hurricanes have untapped reserves of emotion that are far from apparent at this point, their future is grim.

If the Hurricanes had that kind of fight left, they would have used it at some point in the first three games, when the opportunity was there to take control. Instead, the Hurricanes capitulated, and now it’s too late.

They got this far on emotion. On heart. On drive. To beat the Penguins, the Hurricanes would have needed as much, if not more, of it. Instead, they’re spent—and their season most likely is as well.

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Canes Coach Paul Maurice Today

Q.  Everybody knows the odds and things like that. But also you get a game at home. What is the message to your team tomorrow?

        COACH MAURICE: Just that most importantly, don’t view the whole picture. Just get a small glimpse. We need to have to get some relief to reclaim. And then there’s more of a chance to play after that game.

        The question you asked me after Game 1 of the Boston series, we thought we were 0?6 against them at that point. That’s the most important thing. The reason we’ve gotten here is the belief to stay in the fight as long as we possibly can. Now we’re at a point there’s no tomorrow.

        So I don’t know how many cliches that is, but insert your favorite cliche at this point.

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No Stopping Malkin & Crosby

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the moments after Evgeni Malkin deftly dropped the puck back between his skates to Ruslan Fedotenko, who ripped a shot past Cam Ward to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead, the television cameras panned briefly to Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

In that moment, Seidenberg gave a look—half grimace, half resignation with a dash of, what, maybe admiration—that sums up what the Carolina Hurricanes are now feeling.

Over the course of three straight wins, the Pens have outscored the previously high-flying Hurricanes 16-8, including Saturday’s 6-2 victory, as Pittsburgh now owns a death-grip 3-0 series lead.

That they will advance at some point is now a foregone conclusion, the only question to be answered is when. When they do advance, they will be carried by the most devastating one-two punch the NHL has seen in a generation, maybe since Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux were winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

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Pittsburgh Defeats Carolina- One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Penguins offense continues to impress and they come away with a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

added 10:34pm, game highlights via Versus added below…

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Canes Looking For Production

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Through earlier upsets of New Jersey and Boston, it was the stellar goaltending of Ward combined with the relentless offence of Staal that carried the Cardiac Canes.

But now, two losses into the series, Carolina desperately needs a big performance from both those players in order to keep that deficit from becoming insurmountable.

Staal has not scored in the last five games and has but a lone assist in the conference final. Ward gave up six goals in a 7-4 loss Thursday, the most he has ever allowed in a playoff game. In 38 previous post-season appearances, Ward had never given up more than four goals.

As he watches Crosby and Malkin put up big numbers – nine points between them in the first two games – Staal understands he also has to produce.

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Malkin Causing Problems For The Hurricanes

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

They simply call him “Geno,” which doesn’t have much of a menacing—or marketing—ring to it. A native Russian, he still speaks halting English and shies away from media interviews.

But it was Malkin who was the NHL’s leading scorer this season, winning the Art Ross Trophy. It is Malkin who could be the league’s MVP. It is Malkin, at 22, who is making many wonder what’s next and how high the center’s professional ceiling can be.

More than that, it is Malkin, No. 71, who quickly is becoming the Carolina Hurricanes’ No. 1 headache in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Coach Maurice Today

Q. Any update yet on Cole and Ruutu.

        COACH MAURICE: It happened 12 hours ago. We’re not going to know for a little while. Haven’t seen the guys. Usually they don’t take my medical thing anyway.

        Q. Did you encourage the NHL to take a look at that?

        COACH MAURICE: No, I nothing to do with that. I just coach.

        Q. Would you expect them to do that?

        COACH MAURICE: They do. They watch the games actually.

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