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May 23, 2009 

June 8, 2002

Stanley Cup finals

Detroit 3, Carolina 2 (3 OT)

It was the first Stanley Cup finals game to be played in North Carolina and the Canes were tied 1-1 in the series with the heavily favored Red Wings. With Carolina barely a minute away from a 2-1 victory at the RBC Center, the Wings' Brett Hull scored on a deflection.

The game went into one overtime, then two. With everyone in the arena at the point of total exhaustion, the Wings' Igor Larionov beat Canes goalie Arturs Irbe for the winner at 54:47 of the third overtime.

May 28, 2006

Conference finals

Carolina 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

Coming off a 4-0 victory in Buffalo that squared the series 2-2, the Canes returned to the RBC Center and outlasted the Sabres for an overtime victory. Cory Stillman's goal at 8:46 of overtime was the winner and rookie goaltender Cam Ward relieved starter Martin Gerber and picked up the win. Ward would stay in net the rest of the playoffs and win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

April 30, 2006

Conference quarterfinals

Carolina 2, Montreal 1

The Hurricanes opened the playoffs by dropping the first two games at the RBC Center to the Montreal Canadiens, then bounced back to win two in Montreal to square the series. In the return to the RBC Center for Game 5, Matt Cullen's goal gave the Canes the victory and Carolina then finished off the series in Game 6 in Montreal with a fourth straight win.

April 30, 1999

Conference quarterfinals

Boston 4, Carolina 3 (2 OT)

With the series tied 2-2, the Hurricanes returned to the Greensboro Coliseum after two games in Boston for Game 5. The Canes had their chances to win, but the Bruins' Anson Carter scored at 34:45 of the second OT, sliding across the ice after the goal. The Canes would lose Game 6 and the series in Boston.

May 14, 2006

Conference semifinals

Carolina 4, New Jersey 1

The Devils were the hottest team in the league entering the playoffs but the Hurricanes finished them off with a victory in Game 5 at the RBC Center. Cam Ward was the winning goaltender and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was 1-4 against the Canes that series, a harbinger of things to come.

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