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Tough 5 weeks keeps 'Canes outside playoffs again

Updated: April 29, 2013, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes can't seem to figure out how to play well for a full season -- even one that's only 48 games long.

For the fourth straight year and sixth time in seven seasons, the Hurricanes missed the playoffs.

And once again, a serious slump was to blame.

An injury-riddled stretch in which they earned only three points in five weeks sent them tumbling from the Southeast Division lead and doomed them to yet another early offseason.

Carolina went ...

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