|Taking over a team with a record of 12-11-2 in 2008-09, Maurice guided the Hurricanes to a 33-19-5 record over the remainder of the season, as the team earned its first berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006. He then directed the team to consecutive Game 7 road victories, knocking off the Atlantic Division Champion New Jersey Devils and Northeast Division Champion Boston Bruins en route to the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. Maurice earned his 300th win with the Hurricanes franchise on April 4, 2009, as the Hurricanes defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime to clinch a spot in the 2009 playoffs. He is the winningest coach in Hurricanes franchise history, having amassed 301 wins in his 731 regular-season games coached, including his current tenure and his first term with the franchise from Nov. 6, 1995, until Dec. 15, 2003. Maurice guided the Hurricanes to the 2002 Eastern Conference title and two Southeast Division crowns during his first stint as the team's head coach, and led the team to four consecutive winning seasons from 1998-2002. In addition to his regular-season records, he ranks first in franchise history in playoff wins (25) and playoff games coached (53). Prior to the 2003-04 season, Maurice was the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL, having originally been promoted from a Whalers assistant coach's position on Nov. 6, 1995. At only 28 years old when he was first hired, Maurice was the league's youngest head coach, a distinction he maintained until the Boston Bruins hired Mike Sullivan on June 23, 2003.