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Canes On Solid Foundation

from the News & Observer,
Still, regardless of what happens tonight in Game 4 of the championship series in the Edmonton Oilers' Rexall Place -- or in what's left of the playoffs -- the Hurricanes already have won. They've won big. That's because -- yet again -- they have won the hearts, admiration and devotion of their market. That one fact isn't going to change for a long time. By doggedly weaving the sport of ice hockey into the regional culture, they've done what once seemed impossible. They have become a primary force in what much of the country still sees as a secondary market, and they've done it in the face of unremitting collegiate competition for the attention of sports fans. Not that there's any compelling reason to think it will happen, but the Hurricanes could finish last next season in the NHL's Southeast Division, and it wouldn't destroy the foundation they've built this season.
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