Top-seeded ’05-’06 Hurricanes Defeat 8th-seeded ’07-’08 Hurricanes in Six Games

(via usatoday.com)

It was the line of Staal-Cole-Williams that pitched in the most to lead the top-seeded ’05-’06 Canes through to the Semifinal Round. (via usatoday.com)

The top-seeded ’05-’06 Hurricanes trailed three times in Game 1 and all of them before the three minute mark of the second period. However, they scored four goals in the second to win the opening game 5-3. Justin Williams, Eric Staal and Erik Cole all posted multi-point games in the win. Then, in Game 2, the 8th-seeded ’07-’08 Hurricanes stormed out, don’t mind the pun, to a 3-1 lead in the first period. However, the ’05-’06 Hurricanes chipped away and forced an overtime thanks to a Cory Stillman goal in the third period. Then, Matt Cullen scored unassisted a little over 14 minutes into OT to tie the series up for the ’07-’08 Hurricanes. Game 3 would turn out to be the highest-scoring game of the series as the ’05-’06 Canes won 8-5 after the two teams were tied 5-5 after two periods. Williams racked up five assists for the top seed while Rod Brind’Amour registered a goal and three assists. Then, on the back of three goals in the first period, the ’05-’06 Canes won Game 4 by a score of 4-2 while goalie Cam Ward stopped 42 of 44 shots against to lead the way. In Game 5, Williams scored twice in the second period to give the ’05-’06 Canes a 4-3 lead going into the third period. Then, in a span of almost four minutes in the third period, the ’07-’08 Canes scored three times to turn the table and win 6-4 and force Game 6. There would not be a Game 7, though, as the ’05-’06 Canes ended the series with a 5-1 win in Game 6 as Ward allowed just one goal on 49 shots against.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Hurricanes 1 2 0 3
’05-’06 Hurricanes 1 4 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 5   ’07-’08 CAR – 3   (1-0   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Justin Williams (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: G – Cam Ward (’05-’06 CAR) – W   3.00 GAA   .943 SV% (50 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   2 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Hurricanes 3 1 1 1 6
’05-’06 Hurricanes 1 3 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 CAR – 6   ’05-’06 CAR – 5   (OT)   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Eric Staal (’07-’08 CAR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   11 S

2nd Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   11 S

3rd Star: RW – Erik Cole (’07-’08 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Hurricanes 2 3 3 8
’07-’08 Hurricanes 2 3 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 8   ’07-’08 CAR – 5   (2-1   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Justin Williams (’05-’06 CAR) – 0 G   5 A   5 P   +4   7 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: C – Rod Brind’Amour (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   8 S

3rd Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   6 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Hurricanes 3 1 0 4
’07-’08 Hurricanes 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 4   ’07-’08 CAR – 2   (3-1   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’05-’06 CAR) – W   2.00 GAA   .955 SV% (42 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Matt Cullen (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Hurricanes 3 0 3 6
’05-’06 Hurricanes 2 2 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 CAR – 6   ’05-’06 CAR – 4   (3-2   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Eric Staal (’07-’08 CAR) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +2   10 S

2nd Star: RW – Erik Cole (’07-’08 CAR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: RW – Justin Williams (’05-’06 CAR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   13 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Hurricanes 3 2 0 5
’07-’08 Hurricanes 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 5   ’07-’08 CAR – 1   (4-2   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’05-’06 CAR) – W   1.00 GAA   .980 SV% (48 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   10 S

3rd Star: LW – Cory Stillman (’05-’06 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   12 S

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’98-’99 Hurricanes and the ’00-’01 Hurricanes!

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