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Carolina Hurricanes Win Game 1 In Front Of A Typical Canes Crowd

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer

It’s been two years and a day, to be exact, since the last time the Carolina Hurricanes got to play a playoff game in front of their own fans, and a little longer than that since they won one.

It feels like it’s been a lifetime. In some ways, it almost has been. The last few minutes, as the Hurricanes turned the first two-goal lead of the entire playoffs so far into the first three-goal lead, felt like a celebration of something bigger than a playoff win. It’s not quite normal yet, not with a good chunk of the 300 level still held empty, not with COVID not yet fully conquered, but it’s a lot closer to it than anything we’ve seen in the past year and change.

There’s a finish line to this pandemic out there somewhere, one getting closer with every shot into every arm — you could even get vaccinated inside the arena Monday, if you weren’t already ... and if not, why not? — but everyone was ready to take a victory lap Monday night.

The Hurricanes pulled away in the third period for a resounding 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. The fans yelled things and sat shoulder to shoulder and did the wave for the first time in months. Gov. Roy Cooper, who lifted the capacity restrictions Friday at the conclusion of months of careful guidance, was the ceremonial siren sounder before the game. Cooper is, he announced via Twitter later Monday night, 3-0 on the siren in the playoffs.

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It’s looks like Nashville is trying to beat Carolina with size
and toughness. And, predictably, it doesn’t look like it’s working.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/18/21 at 06:33 PM ET


If they can’t beat Carolina’s forecheck, they cannot win the series. Size and toughness won’t accomplish that. Good quick puck movement is the only way out of it. You’d think with Nashville’s defensive skill this won’t be a huge task but it has proven to be a problem time and time again. Nashville really should make some lineup changes for game 2 starting with putting Tolvanen and Fabbro back in.

Posted by evileye on 05/19/21 at 10:10 AM ET

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