Staal Leads Top-seeded ’05-’06 Hurricanes Over 5th-seeded ’00-’01 Hurricanes in Five Games

(Photo via Bruce Bennett)

Eric Staal was unstoppable in this series for the ’05-’06 Hurricanes as he posted 15 points in the five games. (Photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A hat trick from Justin Williams led the top-seeded ’05-’06 Hurricanes to a 5-3 win in Game 1 as they outshot the 5th-seeded ’00-’01 Hurricanes 54-34. The ’05-’06 Hurricanes got on the board first in Game 2 courtesy of a PP goal from Eric Staal. However, the ’00-’01 Hurricanes rallied off three straight goals and would eventually win 4-2. Goalie Arturs Irbe stopped 45 of 47 shots agains to lead them to the win. The ’05-’06 Hurricanes got back on track with a 3-1 win in Game 3 as Staal accounted for two of their three goals, and included a PP marker. Then, the ’05-’06 Hurricanes exploded for 10 goals in Game 4 in a 10-4 win. Staal, once again, led the way as he posted a stellar seven points (3G, 4A) while Rod Brind’Amour also registered a hat trick. Meanwhile, Sami Kapanen also registered a hat trick for the ’00-’01 Hurricanes. In Game 5, Staal posted his second consecutive hat trick as he led the ’05-’06 Hurricanes to a 4-2 win and clinch a spot in the Qualifier Final.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’00-’01 Hurricanes 1 1 1 3
’05-’06 Hurricanes 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 5   ’00-’01 CAR – 3   (1-0   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Justin Williams (’05-’06 CAR) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +1   12 S

2nd Star: LW – Sami Kapanen (’00-’01 CAR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   Even   7 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Rod Brind’Amour (’05-’06 CAR) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   12 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’00-’01 Hurricanes 1 1 2 4
’05-’06 Hurricanes 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 4   ’00-’01 CAR – 2   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Arturs Irbe (’00-’01 CAR) – W   2.00 GAA   .957 SV% (45 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Jeff O’Neill (’00-’01 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   6 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Martin Gelinas (’00-’01 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Hurricanes 2 1 0 3
’00-’01 Hurricanes 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 3   ’00-’01 CAR – 1   (2-1   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’05-’06 CAR) – W   1.00 GAA   .976 SV% (41 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S

3rd Star: G – Arturs Irbe (’00-’01 CAR) – L   3.00 GAA   .933 SV% (42 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Hurricanes 5 3 2 10
’00-’01 Hurricanes 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 10   ’00-’01 CAR – 4   (3-1   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 3 G   4 A   7 P   +3   12 S

2nd Star: C – Rod Brind’Amour (’05-’06 CAR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +1   14 S

3rd Star: RW – Justin Williams (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   7 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’00-’01 Hurricanes 1 1 0 2
’05-’06 Hurricanes 3 0 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 CAR – 4   ’00-’01 CAR – 2   (4-1   ’05-’06 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Eric Staal (’05-’06 CAR) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +4   9 S

2nd Star: LW – Erik Cole (’05-’06 CAR) – 0 G   4 A   4 P   +4   2 S

3rd Star: RW – Justin Williams (’05-’06 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   7 S

Up next in the other Semifinal will be the 6th-seeded ’10-’11 Hurricanes and the 7th-seeded ’99-’00 Hurricanes!

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