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Hurricanes Reflect on 2018-19 Season

Talk of culture shift, hard work & fun highlight end-of-season interviews

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

"All right," Brett Pesce said as he packed his black Carolina Hurricanes bag, marked with the team's primary logo, wordmark and his No. 22. "Another year."

For too many seasons, end-of-season player availabilities were marred with frustration, disappointment and questions and answers of what went wrong and where and why and how.

This season was different.

As players milled about in street clothes, cleaning out their lockers, packing their bags for the summer, signing a picture here or a stick there like they're signing the yearbooks of their classmates at the end of the school year, there was an air of optimism, of change, of hope for the future.

This season was different, indeed, and it's only the beginning.

What follow are some highlights and noteworthy quotes from the Hurricanes' locker room, and each player's end-of-season interview is linked below.

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Just the Beginning

Lasting memories created in playoffs

by Mike Sundheim @MikeSundheim / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Regular seasons come and go, but our true, lasting sports memories are almost always associated with the playoffs.

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Game 4 Recap: Canes' Season Ends in Eastern Conference Final

Canes swept by Bruins after 4-0 loss in Game 4

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes were eliminated from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Tuukka Rask, who has given the Hurricanes fit all series, pitched a 24-save shutout in net, while Patrice Bergeron scored two of his team's four goals.

Here are five takeaways from Game 4.

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Game 4 Projected Lineup: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

Canes aim to ward off elimination in Eastern Conference Final

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes look to ward off elimination against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Jordan Martinook was held out of Game 3 with a lower-body injury. As for if he'll be able to draw in tonight, head coach Rod Brind'Amour said, "I hope so, but I'm not sure. We'll find out tonight." Any other lineup changes? "I doubt it," Brind'Amour added.

GAME 4 PREVIEW

Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

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Game 4 Preview: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

Canes look to stay alive in Eastern Conference Final

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs game previews are presented by Visit Raleigh.


The Carolina Hurricanes will attempt to stave off a series sweep when they host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After winning six straight playoff games, the Hurricanes have dropped three consecutive contests to the Bruins, the most recent of which was a 2-1 final at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

"Being down 3-0 creates an opportunity for yourself, and that's the way you have to look at it. You have to instill a little bit of doubt. That's the first step," Justin Williams said. "We've been hit three times here. It takes four to knock us down. We're just going to keep showing up and see what happens."

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Photos: Carolina Panthers Raise Up for Game 3

Members of the Carolina Panthers organization took to Raleigh to cheer on the Canes

by Nikki Stoudt @NikkiStoudt / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Roughly 160 miles separate PNC Arena and Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, but the electricity of playoff hockey reached the Queen City and drew eight members of the NFL's Carolina Panthers to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday.

Check out some photos from the Panthers' experience below.

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Carolina Panthers Add to Crowd Roar in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Final

Kuechly, McCaffrey sound Hurricanes warning siren

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

There's nothing quite like the emotion, intensity and atmosphere of playoff sports.

The Carolina Panthers know firsthand what playoff football is all about, and on Tuesday, eight members of the Panthers, plus their owner, David Tepper, experienced playoff hockey as fans among the 18,768 in attendance at PNC Arena for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins.

A few Panthers, like linebacker Luke Kuechly - who roomed with former Hurricanes draft pick Brian Dumoulin at Boston College - and running back Christian McCaffrey, were experiencing their first Hurricanes game. Others, like wide receiver DJ Moore, linebacker Shaq Thompson and defensive tackle Kawann Short, were attending their first ever hockey game.

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Game 3 Recap: Canes Drop Third Straight to Bruins

Canes pushed to brink of elimination after 2-1 loss

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes fought hard but came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Canes' third straight loss in the Eastern Conference Final.

Calvin de Haan scored the lone goal of the game for the Hurricanes, who, after sweeping their Second Round series against New York, are now in danger of being swept.

Here are five takeaways from Game 3.

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Game 3 Projected Lineup: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

Canes staying mum on starting goalie

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes return home looking for their first win of the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins.

The Canes' starting goaltender has not been announced, while Jordan Martinook, who didn't practice with the team on Monday, remains a game-time decision.

GAME 3 PREVIEW

Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

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Game 3 Preview: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

Canes in search of first win in Eastern Conference Final

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs game previews are presented by Visit Raleigh.


The Carolina Hurricanes are seeking their first win of the Eastern Conference Final when the Boston Bruins come to town for Game 3.

The Bruins outscored the Hurricanes 11-4 in Games 1 and 2, putting the Canes in their second 2-0 series deficit of this postseason.

"You have to squeeze the other team a little bit," Justin Williams said on Monday. "They've squeezed us twice, and we need a little bit of push back."

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