Although I wanted Edmonton to win, I knew Carolina was going to take game seven, the series and the Stanley Cup. You do not lose 4-0 in game six and come to the next game playing the same way you did; you step it up and boy, did the Hurricanes ever step it up.
So congratulations to the Carolina Hurricanes for winning the Stanley Cup. Not bad for a team who moved from Hartford nine years ago to a place where, you would never expect to find an NHL club. Not bad for a team that could barley attract fans in their first two seasons. Remember those games with 2000 - 4000 fans? That was ugly. Not bad for a team whose previous Stanley Cup Finals appearance was a 4 games to 1 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. Not bad for a team who took a chance in the first round against Montreal and decided to put their rookie back-up goalie in after going down 2-0 in the series. Cam Ward has gone from back-up to playoff MVP and will no doubt, draw comparisons to Partrick Roy's performance in 1986.
Somewhere out there, Pat Verbeek is watching all this and smiling; at least I hope he is. Meanwhile, my buddy Andrew is probably still partying.