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This Day in Canes History: May 13

Canes decimate Canadiens to advance

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

On this day in Canes history ...

May 13, 2002

The Carolina Hurricanes break or tie 18 franchise records in an 8-2 Game 6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, clinching the Eastern Conference Semifinals series, 4-2.

The Miracle at Molson - that unbelievable, come-from-behind triumph in enemy territory in Game 4 - supercharged the Canes and broke the Canadiens.

Maybe even more specifically, it broke Jose Theodore, whose incredible numbers from that season led to not only the Vezina Trophy but also the Hart Memorial Trophy, an award given to goaltenders just eight times in league history.

But, after the Canes scored as many goals in 19 minutes and 17 seconds as they had in the first three games of the series combined, the Habs and their most valuable goaltender weren't the same.

The Canes hung five goals on Theodore and the Canadiens in Game 5 in Raleigh to take a 3-2 series lead.

The very next night in Montreal, it took just 25 seconds for Erik Cole - the game-tying hero in Game 4 - to drive another dagger into the Habs and a stunned fanbase. Three minutes later, Cole added another to double the Canes' lead. Sean Hill scored a power-play goal to give the Canes a 3-0 advantage before the game was even eight minutes old.

By the time the Molson Centre's siren sounded to signal the end of the first period, the Canes had put five past Theodore, who was replaced in net by Stephane Fiset in the second.

Doug Gilmour was whistled for his second penalty of the game at 5:01 of the second period. He slammed the penalty box door, causing the glass to shatter. He was given an extra misconduct penalty, and the Canes scored their sixth goal of the game on the ensuing power play.

The Canes went on to win in an 8-2 rout. Each of Cole (2g, 1a), Rod Brind'Amour (3a) and Bates Battaglia (1g, 2a) recorded three points, and the "BBC Line" finished with a combined 24 points (10g, 14a) in the six-game series.

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