Rewind: Revisiting the 2001-2002 Carolina Hurricanes

30 Nov 2001: Center Rod Brind''Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates on the ice during the NHL game against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 6-2. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NHLI Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /NHLI/Getty Images
30 Nov 2001: Center Rod Brind''Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates on the ice during the NHL game against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 6-2. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NHLI Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /NHLI/Getty Images /
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Arturs Irbe of the Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH-APRIL 17: Arturs Irbe #1 of the Carolina Hurricanes saves a shot while John Madden #11 of the New Jersey Devils is upended during game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 17, 2002. The Hurricanes won 2-1. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images/NHLI) /

Round One

The Hurricanes drew a tough opponent in the opening round, facing off against the Martin Brodeur led Devils squad that had eliminated them the year before.  An insanely raucous crowd welcomed the Hurricanes to the ice for the start of Game One.

That was the first playoff game that I ever attended and loud is not a strong enough word; I was sure that my eardrums were going to explode at any moment.  You know that high pitched, squealing sound you get when something is really loud?  I had that all night.

The home team won each of the first five games, a trend that the Hurricanes broke with a 1-0 victory in Game Six at the Continental Airlines Arena.  Despite New Jersey outscoring Carolina 11-9, the Hurricanes came away with the series victory, exorcising their playoff demons.

Of course, you can’t talk about this series without mentioning Kevin Weekes’ jaw-dropping save on John Madden in overtime of Game Five: