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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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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Apr 4, 12:41 p.m.

    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!

  • jacunc75 Apr 4, 4:30 p.m.

    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

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