Canes Wash Out Devils…Finally

The Devil is Defeated

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(d)Evil goalkeeper Marty Brodeur made a slew of remarkable saves in game seven of the first round of the NHL playoffs, but he couldn’t stop a final rush of fury dished up from a seemingly-broken Carolina team in the final two minutes of the series.

The beginning of the end. This Devil is left alone with the shock of defeat.

The beginning of the end. This Devil is left alone with the shock of defeat.

What an amazing game. Just like this series as a whole, the guys kept it going back and forth the whole time, both teams playing on the same level, matching one another move for move. With two minutes left to go, it felt like the Canes were done for the year. Then defensman Tim Gleason kicked off a series of remarkable plays when he dropped to his knees and used the long handle of his stick to keep the puck in play. Laying across the blue line, Gleason hit the puck pong-style back towards the Devils goal. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen caught the one-of-a-kind pass and set up a shot for Jussi Jokinen, who evened the score up 3-3 for the Canes.

Eric Staal defeated evil with only 31.7 seconds on the clock.

Eric Staal defeated evil with only 31.7 seconds on the clock.

As Caniacs took a sigh of relief, thousands of fans for both sides braced themselves for overtime play. Eric Staal had other plans. With seconds left on the clock, Staal slapped a shot past Brodeur and skated off before the Devil knew what happened.

Conquering evil is all part of the day's work for Paul Maurice. He doesn't even crack a smile.

Conquering demons is all part of the day's work for Paul Maurice. He doesn't even crack a smile.

In a press conference after the game, Hurricanes Coach Paul Maurice had kind words for Staal. Maurice said Staal has a natural talent rarely seen in players, but it’s his drive and hard work that have boosted the 24-year-old to star status after just five years in the league. Maurice, a seasoned coach whose spent years in the league, admitted this series was unlike anything he’s seen before.

“I’ve never had a game end like that,” he said. “That was fantastic.”

Capt. Roddie celebrates with everyone he can grab after Staal cinches the series.

Capt. Roddie celebrates with everyone he can grab after Staal cinches the series.

What a game. Now on to Boston.

–David

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About David Anderson, Jr.

I'm a wandering pilgrim anchored in the Baptist tradition, tossed about by the anabaptist current. I am a minister at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and a recent graduate of Campbell Divinity School. I am the husband of a beautiful woman, and the father of a blond-haired boy. I am a work in progress, struggling to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling. View all posts by David Anderson, Jr.

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