#7: April 26, 2006- She’s a Series Now
The Stanley Cup victory for the Carolina Hurricanes almost didn’t happen. After two home games against Montreal, the Canes were down 2-0 in the series. Through two periods in Game 3, things were looking bleak. The Canes tied the game in the third period (we’ll talk about that one in part three), leading to another overtime game in the series. It was far from a guarantee that the Canes could climb out of the hole they’d dug for themselves. A hooking penalty taken by Tomas Plekanec early into overtime gave the Canes an advantage, and they’d find a way to seal the deal over a minute later. With a blast from the point, Eric Staal beat Cristobal Huet, giving the Canes the boost they needed to turn it around. Had they gone down 3-0, the Canes likely don’t win the cup. Instead, they rallied for four straight wins to take the series en route to immortality.
#6: April 24, 2019- Seventh Heaven in D.C.
If you’re new to the Canes fandom, this is likely the first goal that comes to mind when thinking about iconic moments in team history. This is one of the most important goals in franchise history because it signaled the return of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes and Capitals played a scoreless overtime after Jordan Staal’s game-tying goal in the third period. With more time needed to settle things, it was Mr. Game 7 that stepped up to seal the deal. Jaccob Slavin’s pass went into an empty corner for Justin Williams to pick up. He threw it to the front of the net, where Brock McGinn was stationed to knock it out of mid-air and into the net, sending the defending champions home early. To date, this is the only Hurricanes win in double overtime or later, and it marks the beginning of a new era of Carolina Hurricanes hockey.