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This Day in Canes History: April 4

Canes clinch playoffs, O'Neill nets 40

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

On this day in Canes history ...

April 4, 2019

The Carolina Hurricanes earn a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in 10 years.

Petr Mrazek captured the pure elation with seven simple words, an unconscious stream of emotions during his postgame interview on the bench: "We're in! We're in! Yes! Yes! Woo!"

Video: Petr Mrazek: "We're in!"

The fanbase was just as euphoric, having not witnessed a Stanley Cup Playoff game since 2009.

Tweet from @Canes: It's all about these moments. pic.twitter.com/onAyRpRoRn

The Canes would go on to make a magical run to the Eastern Conference Final.

April 4, 2001

Jeff O'Neill becomes the first player in franchise history to score 40 goals in a season since Brendan Shanahan accomplished the feat in 1995-96.

In the Canes' 80th game of the season, O'Neill netted his 39th and 40th goals of the season en route to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The only Canes player to reach the 40-goal mark since is Eric Staal, and he did it twice: he scored a career-best 45 goals in 2005-06 and reached an even 40 in 2008-09.

At the time of the 2019-20 season pause, Sebastian Aho had tallied 38 goals in 68 games, on pace to match Staal's team (since relocation) record of 45 goals.

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