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from the News and Observer,
As his teammates danced wildly at the other end of the ice, Rod Brind'Amour skated by himself, head bowed and hands on his knees, overwhelmed with emotion. After years of struggle for the captain and the Carolina Hurricanes, he was only minutes away from lifting the Stanley Cup above his head. You could say it took the Hurricanes 10 months and 107 games to win the Stanley Cup, but it really took nine years, countless losses, the trials and tribulations of a slapdash move, two years in Greensboro and a lost season to realize this impossible dream. A franchise once seen as hopeless has now conquered the entire hockey world.continued (reg. now req.)
from the blog of Spector at Fox Sports,
I've gotten a kick out of some of the headlines in the U.S. media regarding the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers for the Stanley Cup. Much has been made over the fact a Canadian team last won the Cup 13 years ago, when the 1993 Montreal Canadiens defeated the LA Kings. Even the Canadian press sombrely reported today that "the Cup won't be coming back to Canada this year" in the wake of the Hurricanes defeat. Yet without Canadian players, the Hurricanes wouldn't have won the Stanley Cup. The majority of the Hurricanes roster is Canadian, and while some of them may live in the United States year round, they still consider themselves Canadian.... "No Canada" equals No Cup for American based teams.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
As bad as the St. Louis Blues had to play to earn the No. 1 choice in Saturday's NHL Entry Draft, they're probably doing a lot more head scratching wondering who to select. With teams heading to Vancouver for the draft, there are plenty of questions. It's easy enough for NHL scouts to identify the top players available, but picking the order in which they belong is another question.continued
via the NY Post (reg. req.),
On the heels of last night's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, NBC has decided to add four more regular season games and three more post-season dates beginning next season. NBC will now broadcast 10 regular season games and up to - depending on how long the Stanley Cup Finals go - 17 post-season games beginning next year. Although the amount of TV coverage is only slightly increased, it is a nice step for the NHL. After missing last season, the NHL returned with a cable package on OLN instead of ESPN, which left many hockey fans unable to watch a significant portion of the NHL. OLN will continue to broadcast the first two games of the Stanley Cup before it moves to NBC.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Only 86 seconds into the match, the first roar went up, a goal scored by a tall, blond man from Ontario, helped out by a short dark-haired man from British Columbia. Unfortunately for flag-waving Canadians, Aaron Ward and Mark Recchi were playing for the other side. So, too, was the goalie from Edmonton, 22-year-old Cam Ward, now the toast of Raleigh, N.C., as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs. “The Conn Smythe is completely irrelevant on this team,” Mr. Ward said. “You could have given it to anyone on this team.” “The real important one is the Stanley Cup.” He said this to the CBC, though there is no need to tell Canadians this.more
from the blog of Ron Francis,
To all of you that stuck with the team even when it looked like the ship was starting to go down, congrats, you were rewarded for your loyalty tonight. For those of you that jumped off, its okay, we'll throw you a rope so you can get back on board. I was extremely disappointed when we didn't win in 2002 for 2 reasons. One, I really wanted the Cup to come to Raleigh and its great fans. And, two, I never got to tailgate with any of you outside the rink. Well, I am happy to say that after tonight, I got to spend some time in the parking lot with y'all and also watch the Cup come to Raleigh. What a great night! Great for the Hurricane organization. Great for city of Raleigh. Great for all the players and staff to be able to accomplish a dream.read on...and it appears Ron is retiring again, this time from blogging...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN
, The Stanley Cup reflects a million things. Love and redemption, sweat and pain, the impossible and the improbable, the heroic and the selfless. And if you looked closely enough as the euphoric Carolina Hurricanes swarmed onto the RBC Center ice Monday night and took their turns hoisting the mighty silver canister above their heads, you might have seen every one of those million things.continued
Final Results for Playoff Challenge Rob F. was pretty darn close. He only missed total goals scored for the last three rounds by 2. Great job Rob and even though the tie-breaker, gaa was not needed, he only missed by one goal. Carolina 57-43 Carolina: Ryan 67-52 CHAW 40-30, NJNO 64-40, Rob F. 55-44, Vic S. 66-57, Marty 55-49, Brandy 74-55, Mike S. 64-61, HF 49-40, LOAD 55-40, Pinky 49-39 The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from IceJerseys.com. In the Stanley Cup Challenge, over 300 participants, and many of you chose Carolina to win the Cup. Too bad Frantisek Kaberle was not picked by one person to score the game winner. Therefore everyone who picked Carolina will be eligible for a random drawing for the grand prize of a $50 gift certificate from IceJerseys.com. All the people who chose Edmonton will also be entered into a random drawing for a consolation prize of a $25 gift certificate from IceJerseys.com. The winners will be announced later this evening. Thanks for participating and being a reader of Kukla's Korner. update 9:25pm, The winner of the $50 gift certificate for the Stanley Cup Challenge is Henry K. The $25 gift certificate for the consolation prize is awarded to Laura. All winners for both challenges have been contacted. Again, thank you for playing and your visits to KK are much appreciated.
from Barry Melrose of ESPN,
We saw a perfect example of what makes a champion in Monday's Game 7. After playing in a stinker in Game 6 in Edmonton, the Hurricanes' coaching staff and players acknowledged that they played poorly. Coach Peter Laviolette made some changes and came out with a game plan. From the get-go, the plan was to play harder than Edmonton, attack and send more pucks to the net, initiate and not retaliate. (Another example of how Laviolette should have never been kicked out of the Islanders organization.) It starts with the veterans in the locker room, particularly Rod Brind'Amour. Brind'Amour is the heart and soul of the team and could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy himself. Carolina's ability to rebound in 48 hours is a testament to Brind'Amour and those veterans.continued
Q. How significant was that first goal so quick into the game for them? COACH MACTAVISH: Yeah, it was big. And, I mean, I thought if we got through the first period, down one goal after the way I saw the game was starting, that we would be poised and in good position. But then Cam Ward shut the door on a few chances that we had in the third period. Q. Were you surprised that they were more aggressive coming out than maybe you would have thought? COACH MACTAVISH: No, not at all. I knew they were coming. I have been around long enough to know that a team doesn't get to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals by being wallflowers. And we knew they were going to come. Maybe it was in the -- a product of the fashion in which we beat them in Game 6. It really -- I mean, not that motivation is ever too much of an issue in Game 7, but they had something to prove and came out like that. more in the comments...
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