The Hurricanes entered the second round on a roll and put the Bruins in a 3-1 series hole before failing to eliminate their opponent in the first two tries. The 'Canes prevailed in overtime of the deciding Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, in one of the most memorable matchups in recent memory.
As we have been doing throughout the playoffs, NHL.com is tracking the Big Moments from every game with you, the fan, voting for your favorites. Below are the Big Moments you voted for in each of Carolina's wins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Thanks to all who voted -- and enjoy the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Game 2: CAROLINA 3, BOSTON 0
Ward robs Ryder (33.81 % of vote)
During a Boston power play, Blake Wheeler
was causing havoc in front of the Carolina net, tying up the Hurricanes defense. Following a netmouth scramble, the puck squibbed out to a closing Michael Ryder
in the slot. The former Canadien thought he had a sure goal as he pulled the puck around the crowd and rifled it on net. He was wrong. Cam Ward
made a remarkable stop by throwing out his left pad, robbing the Bruins winger, and further frustrating the Boston power play.
This save kept the Carolina lead at 2-0, and prevented the Bruins from getting a foothold in a game that was dominated by goaltending.
Game 3: CAROLINA 3, BOSTON 2 (OT)
Jokinen wins it in OT (56.45 % of vote)
Acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay during the season for Wade Brookbank
, Jussi Jokinen
has become an exhilarating story in the playoffs so far.
In overtime, Sergei Samsonov
brought the puck along the right wing after a Hurricanes keep, then spun and backhanded a shot towards the net.
was posted up in front of the crease, creating a screen on Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
that allowed Jokinen
to sweep the puck in, scoring and lifting Carolina to a 2-1 series lead.
Game 4: CAROLINA 4, BOSTON 1
Jokinen does it again (36.20 % of vote)
After winning Game 3 in overtime, Jussi Jokinen
came through yet again for the Hurricanes in the playoffs. Unlike in the previous game, this time Jokinen's goal came in the third period, not overtime.
With the score deadlocked at one apiece, Zdeno Chara
was called for a hooking penalty 1:07 into the third period. Having already converted on one power play in the first period, Carolina came through again. Tim Thomas
made a solid save on a slap shot through traffic, but he could not control the rebound. Rod Brind'Amour
grabbed the puck and threw it in front, where Jokinen was there to give the 'Canes a crucial 2-1 lead.
Jokinen continued his heroic play, as this goal proved to be his third game-winner of the postseason.
Game 7: CAROLINA 3, BOSTON 2 (OT)
Walker wins it - (72.20% of the vote)
For nearly 19 minutes, both Boston and Carolina traded one golden chance after another. But with the clock winding down on the first overtime period, the Bruins were controlling the pace before the Canes made a rush into the offensive zone. After receiving a long pass through the neutral zone, Ray Whitney
skated along the right boards and fired a shot at Tim Thomas
Thomas squared up to make the save, but was unable to hold on to the puck. As the rubber fluttered in front of him, Scott Walker
flew into the slot and connected with the puck in mid-air at the top of the crease, knocking it into the top of the net for the game-winner and sending Carolina to its third conference final in the past seven seasons.