The crowd welcomed their Hurricanes home after a five game road trip with genuine enthusiasm electrifying the RBC Center.
As No. 17 was lifted to the rafters, Rod Brind’Amour choked back emotional tears. The night was full of wonderful celebrations, including the famous Stanley Cup appearing in respect of the former Canes Captain. Everyone anticipated Brind’Amour to embrace the icon, but he resisted, “I had earned once before but I didn’t feel it would be right to do it again.” A moment which makes one proud to be a hockey fan.
The magic continued as the Canes and Flyers hit the ice. The Carolina Hurricanes honored their former teammate by ending the 18 game losing trek to the Flyers in regulation, winning 3-2.
However, it was Cam Ward that dropped my jaw so hard that it has yet to close (unattractive, I know). As he was recovering from one stop, Ward reached out with those spidey-senses to engulf a shot from Matt Carle. It was perfection.
The Canes host the New Jersey Devils tonight for the final game of their recent trilogy. Devils have claimed victory in the two previous meetings.