The Storm Surge is back. In fact, it never left.
After the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout at PNC Arena on Thursday, fans may not have been sure what to expect. But they got what they were pining for.
The Hurricanes took to center ice and, led by defenseman Dougie Hamilton, proceeded with the Skol Clap and Storm Surge celebration that earned the team some notoriety last season.
The team took to Twitter afterward, unapologetically.
For the first one of the season, the team kept it simple, lining up at one blue line and just skating into the glass, much the way the first-ever Storm Surge went.
And the postgame tradition isn't the only part of the Hurricanes past they are tapping into.
Former goalie Cam Ward, the franchise leader leader in wins and shutouts, returned to crank the siren before the game.
Also, Hamilton the Pig, the viral star of last season's playoffs, was in the building for the opener.
Video: MTL@CAR: Ward, Hamilton the Pig take part in pregame