Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Congratulations to Carolina, Stanley Cup Winners

Carolina wins in seven games, who would have guessed?

The Hurricanes gave Carolina its first major championship in the big four of professional sports. The ‘Canes were close to collapse after a rough game at Rexall Place in Edmonton. But a dominate game 7, where Carolina was more physical than in the previous two games, gave the Hurricanes the right to lift the Cup.

Cam Ward is your Conn Smythe winner, although I was sure that Rod Brind’Amour was your lock for the MVP. Cam Ward is only the fourth rookie goaltender to lift the unusually heavy MVP award (as far as I know it doesn’t come with a car either) to the rafters.

Although my writing is somewhat award winning, or at least my mom thinks so, I decided to let the experts let you know of the story of what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. Whatever it takes.

The News & Observer – Cup Stops Here

The Charlotte Observer – Inspired Hurricanes Win Stanley Cup

The Durham Herald Sun – ‘Canes Claim Stanely Cup

Let’s not forget one hell of a team that made a game 7 possible. The Edmonton Oilers played a great series. In fact, their entire playoff run is something legends are made of. While it was fun to see Carolina win the Cup at home, it was also heartbreaking to see the emotion of a game 7 loss on the faces of the Oilers as they quietly watched the ‘Canes celebrate.

Edmonton Journal – Oilers Stormed

Edmonton Sun – A Bitter Ending

So ends an interesting season. My wife is so happy that this will be the last night of hockey. For about three months she will get her TV back and we will be watching tons of home improvement shows and the WE Channel. I can’t wait for draft day.

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