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Expectations surround confident Hurricanes
By TIMES WIRES
Published June 3, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - Four years ago, the Carolina Hurricanes surprised just about everyone by reaching the Stanley Cup finals.
To listen to Rod Brind'Amour, that included themselves.
"Looking back, we didn't really believe we could be there," he said.
Now the Hurricanes are back as the favored team with home-ice advantage against Edmonton. And after spending a season hovering near the top of the NHL standings, they're hardly satisfied with just getting here.
"I'm not sure people expected us to be here and I know we did," Brind'Amour said Friday, "and I know that's one of the key differences from teams past. ... I think going into the finals this time around, we don't feel like a huge underdog or anything like that. I think we have a real confident feeling about our team and all we're capable of doing."
Carolina earned its second trip to the finals, which start Monday, by rallying to beat Buffalo 4-2 in Game 7 of the East final Thursday. It capped a series in which five of the seven games were decided by one goal, with two ending on power-play scores in overtime.
At first glance, the Hurricanes - seeded No. 2 in the East - would seem to be a heavy favorite against the Oilers, who were the No. 8 seed in the West before beating Detroit, San Jose and Anaheim. But at this point, the Hurricanes aren't going to underestimate anybody.
"It doesn't matter if it's a one seed or an eight seed," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think if you get down this far in the playoffs, you've got to be playing well."
Now the franchise has another chance at the Cup after falling short against the favored Red Wings in 2002. They won the series opener on Ron Francis' overtime goal on the road but lost the next four games.
Brind'Amour said Laviolette instilled a winner's mentality from the start of this season. It's carried the Hurricanes all year, and now has them four wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
"I think just from the start of the season, you know, we felt like we could win hockey games, and it wasn't about the opponent; it was about us," Laviolette said. "We had confidence we could do that. I think the same thing holds true."
Oilers avoid hype at home
The Oilers are living at the Rangers' training center in Greenburgh, N.Y., a suburb 25 miles north of Manhattan, where they will stay through Sunday, a day before meeting the Cup opener.
It is far away from the scrutiny and hype in their home city, which is starved for a Stanley Cup after a 16-year drought. It is also roughly midway between Buffalo and Carolina, who were still playing in the Eastern Conference finals when Edmonton eliminated Anaheim in five games May 27.
Facing an eight-day layoff, the Oilers considered going to Niagara Falls to train but decided on the New York metropolitan area.
It didn't hurt that coach Craig McTavish and GM Kevin Lowe are former Rangers.
"We wanted to get out East and started to throw some ideas around of where we were going to go," McTavish said. "This was our first choice because we knew the facility is away from a lot of the distractions."