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Hurricanes end Storm Surge celebration

Williams tweeted final one was coming, but after close loss it didn't happen

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

The Storm Surge has left Carolina, earlier than planned.

The celebrations that have become noteworthy after each Carolina Hurricanes win at PNC Arena have ended.

Captain Justin Williams tweeted that the Hurricanes would do the last Storm Surge of the season Thursday, but after a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, they opted to leave the ice without any theatrics.

Tweet from @JustinWilliams: Regardless of the outcome tonight, this will be our last storm surge of the season. It has been an absolute treat celebrating victories with our @NHLCanes fans and muddying up the waters a little bit. We���ve created a buzz again in Carolina but we know ultimately we���ve done that

Williams was the mind behind the idea earlier this season, opting for a more fun celebration than the normal stick salute to the crowd.

The Storm Surge begins with a Skol Viking clap before a pre-planned celebration, sometimes involving just the Hurricanes, other times including celebrities or props.

The first one occurred after their first home win of the season, an 8-5 victory against the New York Rangers on Oct. 7, when the Hurricanes all jumped into the boards.

Since then, the Hurricanes have played "Duck Hunt"done the limbodunked on a basketball hoop during March Madness; been knocked out by Evander Holyfield; played dominos; and duck-duck-goose; and gone bowling, among other celebrations.

Carolina did one for each of its 22 home wins this season. The Hurricanes have two more regular-season home games: Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers and April 4 against the New Jersey Devils.

Carolina even got their mentors into it on a road trip earlier this season, when following a 4-3 win at the Florida Panthers on Feb. 21, the mentors did the Skol clap followed by "The Floss."

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