2001-2002, The Carolina Hurricanes reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs only to lose to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals.
Two years out of the play-offs and after the lock-out.
2005-2006, Carolina Hurricanes reach the Play-Offs as a No. 2 seed. Again, they go on to the Stanley Cup Finals, but this time win the Cup for the first time in franchise history in seven games over the Edmonton Oilers.
Once again, Hurricanes miss the playoffs for two consecutive seasons.
2008-2009 playoffs, Carolina Hurricanes are back in the playoffs and currently in the Conference Championship trying to reach the Stanley Cup series for the third time in three playoff appearances.
If you haven't caught by drift, the Hurricanes just need to reach the playoffs in the 21st century so far, and they have a chance to get to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 2008-2009 Playoffs have been of up-and-downs for the Canes with heroics from the most unlikely of players in Jussi Jokinen and Scott Walker. They have won two series that nobody had expected for them to pull out except for the Caniac Faithful and Barry Melrose who picked the Canes over the Boston Bruins.
In the first round, the Carolina Hurricanes squared off against Martin Broduer and the No. 3 seed Devils. Following a hot finish to the season, the hurricanes made the playoffs and were awarded the sixth seed.
The series was of constant battles with the teams exchanging victories with one another for the first six games. Series was full of heroics with Jussi Jokinen's .2 second goal game winner, Eric Staal's two goals at the end of game seven to pull out a victory over the New Jersey Devil's who were up 3-2 with less than a 1:30 seconds left in the game.
Many people, Including myself figured the Canes would be to worn out to pull out an upset over the Boston Bruins who has the front-runner for the Vezina Trophy, Tim Thomas, and the monstrous defenseman, Zdeno Chara.
As expected, Boston came out with the Victory number one of the second round in the eastern conference playoffs. Then the unexpected happened, The Carolina Hurricanes took control of the series going up three games to one while riding on the back of Clutch-Game performer goalie Cam Ward winning three straight.
Things got testy and I started to believe that the Boston Bruins were going to repeat the series of the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers when the Rangers went up three games to one and then Washington came back to win the series.
However, the Hurricanes pulled out an Overtime victory when Scott Walker, Who suck-punched Aaron Ward in game six came up huge with a rebound goal over Tim Thomas.
Now, it is the Conference Finals and the Hurricanes are looking for their third Stanley Cup Finals appearance three in playoff appearances and will battle the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins who came up big in game one with a 3-2 victory are hoping to ride the momentum of game one against the Hurricanes, which won't be easy as Carolina has won both series this post-season with the devils and bruins winning game one, and secure their second playoff appearance in as many years.
My prediction, Hurricanes in six. Cam Ward is as clutch as it gets and is 6-0 in playoff series appearances and 4-0 in game sevens. It's hard not to pick a team with that type of Goaltending