MVP Cam Ward (Paul Chiasson/Associated Press)

Happy Days: Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Runs

Ah, those were the days, the days of the Canes making it to the NHL Finals in 2002 and 2006. Alright, truth time, I actually wasn’t a Carolina resident or fan for either of these runs. I moved to North Carolina in June of 2006 and was a Detroit Red Wings fan before my hockey rebirth. I still respect the Red Wings, but I adore my beloved Hurricanes now. Don’t hate me, it’s the end result that matters.

While Caniacs watch the Kings and Devils battle it out in Game One, I’m sure many have wistful recalls of our days in the Stanley Cup race. So, let’s walk down memory lane…

2002 Days…

It was Detroit’s 22nd appearance in the Cup finals, and it marked Carolina’s first appearance in the Finals in their franchise history. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship. Let’s just focus on Game One, shall we?

Canes were the underdogs of the playoffs. They were seeded third as a division winner, but they had the second lowest point total (91) for a playoff team not only in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire NHL. Which meant the Red Wings had 25 points over the Hurricanes exiting the regular season. Not only did they make it to the finals, but they won the series opener against Detroit in the historical Joe Louis Arena. It was Ron Francis with the overtime goal to seal the solo victory for the Canes. Enjoy…

 

2006 Days…

The year of the Hurricanes. The storm was fierce and defeated the Edmonton Oilers in seven games to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. It was the Oilers’ seventh appearance in the NHL Finals and their first since their fifth Cup win in 1990.

Carolina tied the biggest comeback in Stanley Cup Finals history to overcome a three-goal deficit to win 5–4 in Game One. Rod Brind’Amour had the winning goal on an empty net. Conn Smythe winner, Cam Ward, made 34 saves which included a glove save with 3.8 seconds remaining to preserve the victory. Caniacs, I wish I was here as it sounded like one wild ride. I think this video sums it up best…

Tags: 2002 2006 Carolina Hurricanes Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers NHL Finals Rod Brind'Amour Stanley Cup

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