Ken Medlin

Another Canes-Devils Thriller

Posted April 29, 2009

Another thrilling Carolina-New Jersey playoff series… what else could we expect?

The Canes looked about as done as month-old leftovers, trailing 3-2 late in the third period of Game Seven. But goals from Jussi Jokinen and Eric Staal in the game’s final 1:21 turned a Devils series win into a Canes series win.

I have to give credit where credit is due here. After Jokinen’s goal, our colleague Ryan Craig predicted the Canes would win in regulation.

I’ve since asked Ryan to also predict that I win the lottery and start dating a supermodel… I figure the guy may be on a roll.

Nostradamus, eat your heart out…

But, this Canes Comeback is just another installment in what has been an amazing decade of playoff hockey between these two teams.

How ironic was it that Staal and Jokinen – the authors of the two most dramatic stories to come out of the Devils-Canes playoff rivalry – just happened to be the goal-scorers in the series’ most dramatic comeback?

In 2006, Staal scored a goal with three seconds left to force overtime in Game Two of the second-round series between the Devils and Canes, a game Carolina went on to win.

Three seconds... nothing could ever top that, right? Well...

Three years later, Jokinen beat Staal’s three-second record with 2.8 seconds to spare, tipping in a game-winner with 0.2 seconds left to play in Game Four of the 2009 Canes-Devils series.

So it’s fitting these two players were the ones to engineer another Carolina Comeback.

Whether it’s the Molson Miracle, Nic Wallin’s “Secret Weapon” shots, or a 3-goal comeback in Game One of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the Canes have provided some amazing playoff moments over the past nine years.

But they’ve saved their most amazing moments for the Devils, and the final 1:20 in Game Seven of the 2009 first round series may be the most amazing yet.

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