Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 05/10/09 at 02:33 AM ET
Sunday is Mother’s Day in Canada, the US, Finland and many other nations. Don’t forget to phone your mom and tell her that you love her. Don’t forget your wife, and don’t forget your mother-in-law.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, the Hurricanes will be taking on the Bruins, with a chance to finish off the series on road ice. This will be the third time that Carolina has played on Mother’s Day, and they have had tremendous success, winning big games in 2002 and 2006. They won both games.
In 2002, Carolina was at home against the Canadiens. The series was tied 2-2, and Carolina had just pulled off “The Miracle at Molson”, erasing a three goal third period deficit and winning the game in overtime. That wasn’t just a turning point in that series; it effectively ended it.
Montréal was completely devastated by their collapse and they didn’t bother to show up for games five and six. So on Mother’s day 2002, the Hurricanes won game five of that series 5-1. Martin Gelinas, Rod Brind’Amour (game winner), Ron Francis, Tommy Westlund and Bates Battaglia had the goals. Erik Cole had two helpers. That was an afternoon game.
In 2006, Carolina was again at home, and the opponent was New Jersey for game five of that series and a chance to finish it. The Devils scored in the first minute of the game, but Carolina scored four unanswered to win the game 4-1 and advance to the Eastern finals. Frantisek Kaberle, Cory Stillman (game winner), Ray Whitney and Eric Staal (empty net) scored for the Canes while Brian Gionta had the lone goal for the Devils. This was an evening game, and as I recall, there was a really horrible storm in the late afternoon, which kind of put a damper on the tailgating. There was hail, high winds, violent thunder and lightning and heavy rain. That postseason, I went to every home game, and I considered skipping it due to the weather. I took a chance, and fortunately there was a short break in the nasty weather for about 75 minutes, which is how long it takes me to get from my house to the RBC Center. Here’s my write-up of that game.
So Carolina will be playing their third Mother’s Day game, all of which have been game five of the Eastern semis. For the first time, it’ll be on the road. For the second time, it’ll be an opportunity to eliminate the opponent. Puck drop will be 7:30.
Call your mom.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.