HURRICANES DEFEAT BUFFALO 4-2
CAROLINA HURRICANES EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS The Canes gave a scare going down 2-1 in the second but followed up with three goals in the third to win the Prince of Wales Trophy(yeah I know, I could do without all of the snooty Canadian names too but what can you do?) Anyway the #8 seed in the West, the Edmonton Oilers, who somehow managed to get through will be the opponents for the Stanley Cup Finals which will begin on June 5th in Raleigh, NC. The Canes have home ice and will be favored to win the Cup. I mentioned the Prince of Wales Trophy and the story goes that in 2002 when the Canes beat Toronto to win the Eastern Conference they skated around the rink with the Prince of Wales Trophy much like the winning team does with the Stanley Cup. Tonight they posed for a team picture with the trophy and then went to locker room. Very businesslike. It reminded me of an urban legend of UNC's James Worthy who was asked if the team wanted to cut down the nets at the regional final in 1982. Worthy said no because they were the not the nets they wanted. UNC won the title a week later.