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Yes. The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals by a score of 3-1. Aaron Ward scored the first goal, then Frantisek Kaberle scored the second. Fernando Pisani scored to make the score 2-1, but Justin Williams got the empty net tally. The win earned Carolina its first ever Stanley Cup.
Edmonton Oilers. The two most unlikely teams ended up in the 2005-2006 Stanley Cup final. Game 1 saw the injury of Dwayne Roloson and a 5-4 win for the Carolina Hurricanes. In game 2, Edmonton put Markannen in net and suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss. In game 3, the Edmonton Oilers prevented the series from getting out of reach, by taking a 2-1 win over Carolina. Game 4 was a 2-1 victory for the Hurricanes. Down 3-1 in the best of seven series, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in game 5, and then held off Carolina's offense in game 6 to win 4-0 and take the series to a seventh game. Carolina won game 7, 3-1.
Buffalo Sabres. The Buffalo Sabres faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final, and put up quite a resilient fight that lasted 7 games. Buffalo took game 1 with a 3-2 win in Carolina. Game 2 was a 4-3 win for Carolina, and game 3 was a 4-3 win for Buffalo. For game 4, Martin Gerber was put back between the pipes and shutout the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Martin Gerber started in game 5 but was pulled after the team fell into a 3-1 hole at the beginning of the second period. A highly motivated Hurricanes team won that game 4-3. Game 6 ended with a 2-1 overtime loss for Carolina, but the Hurricanes ended the series in game 7 by a score of 4-2. That victory marked the second time in franchise history that they had made the Stanley Cup final, the first time being in the 2001-02 season, under the grand goaltending of Arturs Irbe and Kevin Weekes.
New Jersey Devils. Arguably one of the Carolina Hurricanes easiest opponents in the 2005-06 playoffs was the New Jersey Devils. Game 1 embarrassed the great Martin Brodeur with a 6-0 Carolina win. Games 2 and 3, under the super-human goaltending of Cam Ward ended with 3-2 scores. Game 4 finally ended Cam Ward's eight game winning streak with a 5-1 defeat in New Jersey, but the Hurricanes bounced back in game 5, with a 4-1 win to eliminate the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in the best of seven series.
Montreal Canadiens. The first round series between Carolina and Montreal is arguably one of the most exciting in the 2005-06 playoffs. Game 1 was an absolute blowout as Montreal picked apart Martin Gerber in a 6-1 win. In game 2, Gerber was once again made a fool of in a 6-5 overtime loss. After that, the young Cam Ward was given the start, and he led the Hurricanes to a 2-1 win in game 3, a 3-2 win in game 4, and a 2-1 win in games 5 and 6 to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in the best of seven series.
|Two very big trades occurred for the franchise in the 2005-06 season. Which two players were brought in to play?||Carolina Hurricanes: 2005-06
Doug Weight and Mark Recchi. Doug Weight was acquired from the St. Louis Blues by the Carolina Hurricanes on January 30, 2006, for Jesse Boulerice, Mike Zigomanis, and Magnus Kahnberg, as well as a first-round pick in 2006, a fourth-round pick in 2006 and a fourth-round pick in 2007. In 23 regular season games with the Hurricanes, he acquired 13 points, and in 23 games of the playoffs, he got 16 points.
|The 2005-06 season marked a record-breaking year for the Carolina Hurricanes franchise. What was their record for the season?||Carolina Hurricanes: 2005-06
52-22-8. Carolina finished the regular season with a grand total of 112 points. That total was 21 more points than its previous record, set in 2001-02 under the grand goaltending of the legendary Arturs Irbe. Martin Gerber, Carolina's goalie in the 2005-06 season beat Irbe's franchise record for wins in a season with a total of 38.
|The Carolina Hurricanes had two goalies to play in the regular season. One of them was Martin Gerber, and the other was Cam Ward. Which goalie played the most?||Carolina Hurricanes: 2005-06
Martin Gerber . Martin Gerber played 60 games in the regular season, posting a 38-14 and 6 record, with 3 shutouts, 2 assists, a 2.78 goals against average, and a 0.906 save percentage. Cam Ward played a total of 28 games, posting a 14-8 and 2 record, with zero shutouts, 2 assists, a 3.68 goals against average, and a 0.882 save percentage. Cam Ward's performance drastically improved in his postseason outing.
|Eric Staal had a ground-breaking year surpassing his rookie scoring in unbelievable fashion. How many more points had Staal earned in the 2005-06 season, as opposed to his rookie year in 2003-04?||Carolina Hurricanes: 2005-06
69. There was a vast change between Staal's rookie season and his 2005-06 season. In his rookie year, he got a total of 31 points, and in the 2005-06 season, he finished with a grand total of 100 points. Apparently, the lockout in 2004-05, improved his game.
Rod Brind'Amour. With the retirement of Ron Francis, Rod Brind'Amour had some big shoes to fill in bringing the Hurricanes back to the playoffs. He proved to be competent enough for the job, as he finished the regular season with his best year since 1998-99, with a total of 70 points. Because of his contributions to the team, he won the Frank J. Selke award for the forward who best excels at the defensive aspects of the game.
|With the aim for divisional match-ups, several teams did not play one another during the regular season. After the Stanley Cup final between Edmonton and Carolina, fans wanted to see a rematch during the regular season. Was there such a rematch?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
Yes. The rematch occurred on December 6, 2006. The game occurred at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The Hurricanes placed Cam Ward in net, while the Oilers decided to go back to their playoff lineup by putting Jussi Markannen in net. The Oilers prevailed 3-1 with goals from Brad Winchester, Jason Smith, and Fernando Pisani. The lone Hurricane goal came from Craig Adams.
|One team which the Carolina Hurricanes seemed to have the number of was the Florida Panthers. Several of the games they played against one another resulted in a comeback victory for the Canes. Was every Carolina victory over Florida in a comeback?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
No. Of the eight match-ups during the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Panthers via impressive comebacks six times. Only one of their victories was not off of a comeback. The Carolina Hurricanes played the Florida Panthers eight times in the season. The first game, on October 11, 2006 was a 6-3 loss for the Canes. The second game, on December 23, 2006 was a comeback victory for the team. Carolina was down 2-0 before coming back to win 3-2 in overtime. The third game was on December 26, 2006. The Hurricanes fought back from a one-goal deficit to win 4-2. Their fourth match-up was on January 11, 2007. The Hurricanes fought back a three goal deficit in the third period to win 6-4. Their fifth match-up was on January 16, 2007. Carolina overcame a third period 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. Their sixth match-up was the only game that the Hurricanes didn't win with a comeback. The Hurricanes scored the first goal, and then won 3-1 without being down and out. Their seventh match-up, on April 1, 2007, was another comeback for the team. They fought back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime. Their final match-up of the season, on April 7, 2007 was another comeback victory. Carolina was down 4-1 going into the third period. The Canes battled back to win 5-4 in overtime.
|One noticeable difference between the 2006-07 team and the championship team was the offense. In 2005-06, Carolina scored 294 goals and were shutout only three times. In the 2006-07 season, they scored only 241 goals and were shutout eight times. Which team never managed to shutdown the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006-07?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
Anaheim Ducks. Carolina's second game of the season was a 4-0 shutout by the New Jersey Devils. If that didn't foreshadow a terrible season to follow, the team was also shutout 4-0 by the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 by the New York Rangers, 3-0 by the Calgary Flames, 3-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-0 by the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and finally 2-0 by the Ottawa Senators.
|After winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy the previous season, this player once again was given the captaincy of the Hurricanes. Who was the team captain?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
Rod Brind'Amour. Rod Brind'Amour was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, ninth overall in the 1988 entry draft. He played for the Blues and Flyers before joining the Hurricanes in the 1999-00 season. He recorded his 1000th NHL point during the 2006-07 season. He scored 70 points in the 2005-06 season, and then bettered his total by 12 points for the next season. Glen Wesley and Cory Stillman were alternate captains for Brind'Amour.
|Despite losing key players such as Mark Recchi, Doug Weight, and Matt Cullen to free agency, the Carolina Hurricanes management staff tried to bring in some new talent to try and defend the championship title. Who was not a person brought in to play for the Hurricanes during the 2006-07 season?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
Jason Woolley. A great deal of people were brought in, and a great deal were exported from the team. The people brought in to play were Eric Belanger(Los Angeles), Tim Gleason(Los Angeles), John Grahame(Tampa Bay), Dennis Seidenberg(Phoenix), Anson Carter(Columbus), Scott Walker(Nashville), Trevor Letowski(Columbus), Brad Isbister(Boston), and Jesse Boulerice(St. Louis). Jason Woolley, an experienced defenseman was invited to training camp, but after three preseason games, he was cut from the roster.
|Eric Staal, the leading point scorer for the Hurricanes during the 2005-06 season, had a noticeably inferior season recording 30 points less than the year before. With his fallout, a new player emerged as the leading point scorer for the team. Who was it?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
Ray Whitney. Eric Staal finished the regular season with 70 points. Although 70 points is nothing to laugh at, Staal had a superior year in 05-06 with 100 points. Ray Whitney, and Mike Commodore had record seasons. Ray Whitney was the leading point getter of the team, recording 83 points in 81 games. Mike Commodore recorded 29 points, a career best. Rod Brind'Amour recorded 82 points, 12 more than the previous season. His career record of 97 points was close to being reached.
|In 2005-06, the Hurricanes had managed to compile a very impressive record of 52 wins, 22 losses, and 8 overtime losses. The 2006-07 season was disastrous in retrospect. What was their overall record for the season?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
40-34-8. Going into the preseason, the team's roster remained almost the same as before, so it seemed that the team could carry their previous season's success onto the next. Unfortunately, the "Stanley Cup Hangover", as the experts called it, began in the preseason. They had merely one win in five preseason games. The regular season didn't start well either. The team started off the season with four consecutive losses and failed to get five consecutive victories more than once. The previous season, Carolina had two nine-game winning streaks to show that they meant business.
|After losing Martin Gerber to free agency, the Carolina Hurricanes brought in former Tampa Bay net-minder, John Grahame, to backup Cam Ward. Cam Ward and Grahame were to share the arduous task of defending the Hurricanes' net. Which one played more than the other?||Carolina Hurricanes 2006-07
Cam Ward . After witnessing Cam Ward's amazing performance in the 2006 playoffs, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford saw Martin Gerber as expendable personnel. The aim was for Ward to lead Carolina to the playoffs by with a low goals against average and a save percentage over 0.920%. In the end, Cam Ward did outperform his previous regular season record, but came nowhere near matching his playoff success. Cam played 60 games with a 30-21-6 record, accompanied by a 2.93 goals against average, 2 shutouts and a 0.897% save average. John Grahame, on the other hand, played 28 games, recording a 10-13-2 record. He also had a 0.897% save average with zero shutouts.
No. Despite a respectable season, the Hurricanes did not make the playoffs. With their 33-41-8 record, the Hurricanes were only good enough to place ninth in the Eastern Conference. They were nine points out of a playoff spot that season.
|The Carolina Hurricanes' 1997-98 starting goaltender achieved a feat that few goaltenders have managed to do in the NHL. What was it?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1997-98
He recorded three consecutive shutouts. Despite having an average team in front of him, starting goalie Trevor Kidd put up quite a show towards the end of the regular season. On April 1, Kidd and the Hurricanes defeated New Jersey 4-0. On April 4, the Montreal Canadiens were shutout 1-0, and on April 6, the Bruins were defeated 3-0. Kidd's massive shutout streak ended against the Sabres the next game. In total, Trevor Kidd stopped 88 shots in his three-game shutout streak.
Paul Maurice. Paul Maurice was born on January 30, 1967, and was drafted 252nd overall in the 1985 NHL entry draft. He never saw action at the NHL level due to an eye injury he sustained in an OHL charity match. After the injury, the team's owner offered a trade to Maurice or the opportunity to coach. Maurice chose to coach. After coaching two seasons in the OHL, Maurice became coach of the Whalers at the young age of 28. When the Whalers moved to Carolina, Paul Maurice stayed with the team.
Greensboro Coliseum. The Greensboro Coliseum was used as a temporary arena while the Entertainment and Sports Arena was under construction. Despite the 21,000 person capacity, few people actually showed up for games because of it's huge distance from Raleigh. The Hurricanes were essentially a flop until the ESA was completed.
Kevin Dineen. Kevin Dineen was named the captain of the Whalers in the 1996-97 season. Due to his vast experience and leadership abilities, his captaincy was held another season as a member of the Hurricanes. In 54 games for the Hurricanes, Dineen recorded 23 points.
|The first game in the Carolina Hurricanes franchise took place on October 1, 1997 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Did the Hurricanes win their franchise opening game?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1997-98
No. The Carolina Hurricanes' very first contest took place on October 1, 1997, against the Lightning. Despite the fact that Trevor Kidd stopped 23 of 26 Tampa Bay shots, the Hurricanes were defeated 4-2. The Hurricanes didn't win their first game until October 10, when they defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1.
|Despite being a Carolina team, the Hurricanes weren't always called the Carolina Hurricanes. What were they known as prior to their move to Carolina?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1997-98
Hartford Whalers. The Whalers formed in 1972 as the New England Whalers of the WHA. After the WHA abosrbed into the NHL in 1979, the New England Whalers became the Hartord Whalers. After lackluster attendance and minimal fan support, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos moved the team to North Carolina in 1997. The last game in Whalers history was a 2-1 victory over the Lightning.
|After making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the Hurricanes were put up against which team in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1998-99
Boston Bruins. With their first playoff berth and first ever division title, the Hurricanes looked to defeat the Bruins. The Hurricanes were defeated 2-0 in game one. The Hurricanes won game number two in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Hurricanes then took a series lead by defeating the Bruins 3-2 again. The Bruins then defeated Carolina 4-1 in regulation, 4-3 in double overtime, and 2-0 to clinch the series 4 games to 2. For a first ever playoff experience, critics and fans agreeed that the Hurricanes played well.
|Few trades occurred during the 1998-99 season, at least for the Hurricanes. Throughout the season, the Carolina Hurricanes made only two deals. In one deal, they acquired Paul Coffey from Chicago for Nelson Emerson. What was the other deal?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1998-99
Adam Burt for Andrei Kovalenko. The only trade on the list that occurred was a trade between Adam Burt and Andrei Kovalenko. The Flyers accepted Burt, a solid, low-scoring defenseman. In 737 games, Burt had a career total of 152 points. Carolina took Kovalenko from the Flyers, a right winger with a tendency for hot and cold seasons. In his first season with the Canes, Kovalenko scored 12 points in 18 games.
Yes. The 1998-99 season marked the final season that the Hurricanes played at the old Greensboro Coliseum. A new, more convenient arena was constructed for the team to play in for years to come. The new arena would be in the middle of the Raleigh Chapel Hill Triangle, a convenient area for spectators. The Greensboro was located far away from Raleigh, and thus, attendance and financial statistics were disappointing.
|The 1998-99 All-Star game saw the World team take on North America. Two Hurricanes were voted into the game, one to represent the World and the other to represent North America. Who were they?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1998-99
Keith Primeau and Arturs Irbe. Both Keith Primeau and Arturs Irbe were voted into the All-Star game. Neither were on first All-Star teams but both were more than worthy to be in the game. Keith Primeau did not win any skills events, nor did he get any points in the All-Star game itself. Arturs Irbe won the goaltender competition, making 14 saves on 16 shots in multiple one-on-one breakaways. The World team ended up losing the All-Star game 8-6. Despite losing, Arturs Irbe became the first goaltender in All-Star history to record an assist during the All-Star game. He assisted Teemu Selanne on his early second period goal.
|One of the highlights of Arturs Irbe's first season with the Canes was his shutout ability, which seemed non-existent in San Jose, Dallas, and Vancouver. Like Trevor Kidd in 1997-98, Irbe had a large shutout cluster going. What was different between Irbe's and Kidd's streaks?||Carolina Hurricanes: 1998-99
Irbe had three shutouts in four games whereas Kidd had three in a row. In his first season with the Carolina Hurricanes, Arturs Irbe established a career high in shutouts with six. At one point during the season, Irbe had three shutouts in four games. On December 12, 1998, Irbe made 35 saves to defeat the Red Wings 3-0. On December 15, 1998, Irbe made 29 saves to defeat the Oilers 3-0. On December 18, Irbe and the Canes were defeated 5-1 by Ottawa, before Irbe rebounded on December 23 with a 1-0 victory over the Rangers.
Keith Primeau. In the 1997-98 season, both Keith Primeau and Sami Kapanen shared the team lead in points, with 63. In 1998-99, Keith Primeau was the lone points leader. He recorded 62 points in 78 games. Sami Kapanen came close but had only 59 points in 81 games. Ron Francis came in third with 52 points.