2nd-seeded ’08-’09 Hurricanes Clinch First UNP Berth by Defeating 5th-seeded ’01-’02 Hurricanes in Seven Games

The '08-'09 Hurricanes are now the third different team to represent Carolina in the UNP. (via Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The ’08-’09 Hurricanes are now the third different team to represent Carolina in the UNP. (via Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Here is the 2016 Carolina Hurricanes Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

The 2nd-seeded ’08-’09 Carolina Hurricanes started the series with a 5-3 win in Game 1 as longtime NHLer Tuomo Ruutu, longtime captain Eric Staal and defenseman Joni Pitkanen all totaled three points. However, in Game 2, they trailed the 5th-seeded ’01-’02 Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 late. The ’08-’09 Canes pulled goaltender Cam Ward for the extra attacker and with a little less than 30 seconds remaining, Ray Whitney tied it with his second goal of the game. Then, about four and a half minutes into overtime, Erik Cole scored the game-winner to give the ’08-’09 Canes a 2-0 series lead. The ’01-’02 Canes got some revenge in Game 3 with an overtime winner of their on from Ron Francis to win it 3-2. Goaltender Arturs Irbe stopped 48 of 50 shots against in the win. Then, in Game 4, after the two teams combined for just two goals in the first 49+ minutes, they combined for four goals in the final 10+ minutes. The ’08-’09 Canes scored three of those four goals as they came back to force an overtime.

The ’01-’02 Canes got their second straight OT win with Shane Willis scoring the game-winner this time as they tied the series at two. The ’01-’02 Canes carried their momentum into Game 5 as they led 4-1 after two periods. They held on for a 4-2 win despite being outshot 42-26, including 20-8 in the first period alone. Irbe starred in the win, stopping 40 of those 42 shots while Jeff O’Neill scored twice. Game 6 required overtime as well. It was Scott Walker‘s turn to play hero as he scored the game-winner for the ’08-’09 Hurricanes six plus minutes into OT. His goal forced a Game 7 and it was the ’08-’09 Hurricanes that came out on top in the final game with a 4-1 win. Both Walker and Whitney totalled three points in the win. The ’08-’09 Canes will be the third different representative for Carolina as we head into the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Hurricanes 0 1 2 3
’08-’09 Hurricanes 1 4 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 CAR – 5   ’01-’02 CAR – 3   (1-0   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Tuomo Ruutu (’08-’09 CAR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: D – Joni Pitkanen (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: C – Eric Staal (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   7 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Hurricanes 1 2 0 0 3
’08-’09 Hurricanes 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 CAR – 4   ’01-’02 CAR – 3   (OT)   (2-0   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Joni Pitkanen (’08-’09 CAR) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   4 S

2nd Star: RW – Jeff O’Neill (’01-’02 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   7 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’08-’09 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Hurricanes 2 0 0 0 2
’01-’02 Hurricanes 2 0 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 CAR – 3   ’08-’09 CAR – 2   (OT)   (2-1   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Arturs Irbe (’01-’02 CAR) – W   2.00 GAA   .960 SV% (48 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Ron Francis (’01-’02 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   7 S   GWG in OT

3rd Star: RW – Sami Kapanen (’01-’02 CAR) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   4 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 0 3 0 3
’01-’02 Hurricanes 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 CAR – 4   ’08-’09 CAR – 3   (OT)   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Ron Francis (’01-’02 CAR) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +4   6 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Sami Kapanen (’01-’02 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   8 S

3rd Star: RW – Shane Willis (’01-’02 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   2 S   GWG in OT

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Hurricanes 2 2 0 4
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’01-’02 CAR – 4   ’08-’09 CAR – 2   (3-2   ’01-’02 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Jeff O’Neill (’01-’02 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: G – Arturs Irbe (’01-’02 CAR) – W   2.00 GAA   .952 SV% (40 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Ron Francis (’01-’02 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   8 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 1 0 1 2
’01-’02 Hurricanes 1 0 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 CAR – 2   ’01-’02 CAR – 1   (OT)   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’08-’09 CAR) – W   1.00 GAA   .976 SV% (41 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Scott Walker (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   3 S   GWG in OT

3rd Star: G – Arturs Irbe (’01-’02 CAR) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .933 SV% (28 SV’s)

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’01-’02 Hurricanes 1 0 0 1
’08-’09 Hurricanes 3 1 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 CAR – 4   ’01-’02 CAR – 1   (4-3   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: RW – Scott Walker (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Matt Cullen (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   2 S

Up next is the 2016 Anaheim Ducks Qualifying Tournament!

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