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Brad Simmons

Canes lost in Final Four shuffle

Posted April 3, 2009

The Carolina Hurricanes have won 14 of their last 19 games, earned points in 16 of those games, and are currently on a 10-game winning streak at home. They have gone from the outside looking into the playoffs to fifth in the standings.

And has anyone even noticed?

Unfortunately for the Canes, they sit right smack dab in the middle of Tobacco Road and UNC’s bid for a national championship.

The much maligned move to bring Paul Maurice back to the Canes’ bench has paid off, as the club is playing its best hockey of the last three seasons.

Rod Brind’Amour is back to his relentless self, Chad LaRose is providing a non-stop energy that makes him a fan favorite, and Eric Staal and Ray Whitney are doing what they do best - making things happen.

On Monday night a new champion will be crowned in college basketball, and hopefully, arguably the hottest team in hockey will start to get the attention it deserves as they themselves push towards the postseason.

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  • jacunc75 Apr 4, 2009

    I agree with jgunn
    I am heading to the Canes game and hoping my radio will work in the RBC Center.
    If not, I have my BBerry alerts set, ESPN on the BBerry just in case and..least that does not work...the DVR set to record the UNC game.
    It is exciting to have more than one sport to root for, that includes UNC baseball and soon, the Bulls. Life in the Triangle is sweet.
    UNCMD75

  • StunGunn Apr 4, 2009

    There are some of us who can do two sports at once. I'm not lying here - I'll be glued to the Final Four tonight, but I'm thrilled for the Canes. There was no mention of Erik Cole in your story. IMO, he has played a big part in the Canes surge. It's a team sport, but #26 sure has done his part to light the spark that started the engine roaring. Go Canes!

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Local
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
4th
MIA 108
PHO 92
 
4th
MIN 99
LAC 102
 
3rd
DAL 77
NOP 71
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
 
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
1st OT
HOW 58
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
2nd
ALAAM 51
TXSOU 58
 
2nd
VT 36
BC 52
 
2nd
MVSU 41
GRAM 41
 
2nd
ISU 36
OKLA 48
 
2nd
ALAST 38
PVU 42
 
1st
ARKPB 34
JST 29
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0