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Familiar Territory and Reality

Saturday, 04.6.2013 / 12:45 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Familiar Territory and Reality
As a player, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller has been here before.

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Muller’s 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens team posted a 48-30-6 record, but they finished the regular season winning just two of their last seven games.

Entering the playoffs with momentum stalled, the Canadiens dropped the first two games of the opening round to the Quebec Nordiques. The team had slid into a rut at the worst possible time.

Back in Montreal for Game 3, the Habs pulled out what would be their first of 10 consecutive overtime victories in the 1993 postseason.

And all it took was a bounce.

Vincent Damphousse’s pivotal overtime winner slipped past Ron Hextall after redirecting off a Quebec defenseman’s skate.

Montreal would go on to lose just two games – in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Islanders and in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings – en route to capturing their 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history. In a 4-1 victory in the deciding Game 5, Muller potted the Cup-clinching goal.

Maybe all the Hurricanes need is a similar bounce.

In the Canes’ locker room on Friday, goaltender Dan Ellis took an eraser to the Eastern Conference standings white board that hangs at the front of the room. He left just four teams: Washington (38 points, 37 games played), New York Rangers (40 points, 37 games played), Winnipeg (38 points, 39 games played) and Carolina (34 points, 36 games played).

Scribbled at the top of the board: “Reality!”



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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