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Rod Brind'Amour (center) celebrates the goal that put the Canes in the Stanley Cup finals.
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Hurricane season started Thursday. In Carolina, it never ended. Rod Brind'Amour scored at 11:22 of the third period as the Hurricanes beat the Sabres 4-2 in Game 7 to reach the Cup finals. Story
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NHL Playoffs:
2015 SEASON LEADERS
GOALS ASSISTS PTS
Alex Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin
G: 29
Jakub Voracek Jakub Voracek
A: 40
Jakub Voracek Jakub Voracek
Pts: 57
Complete Leaders
GAA SAVE % WINS
Mike Smith Mike Smith
GAA: 3.49
Michael Hutchinson Michael Hutchinson
SV: .935
Pekka Rinne Pekka Rinne
W: 29
Complete Leaders
Team Stats
Team GF GA GFA GAA PP% PK%
Hurricanes 73 60 2.92 2.40 24.0 85.4
Oilers 70 61 2.92 2.54 17.0 86.1
Sabres 60 49 3.33 2.72 16.2 82.6
Ducks 46 36 2.88 2.25 10.8 88.5
Senators 36 29 3.60 2.90 25.0 87.3
Sharks 29 29 2.64 2.64 15.3 80.6
Devils 27 21 3.00 2.33 19.0 75.6
Avalanche 22 31 2.44 3.44 09.6 86.0
INJURY REPORT
CarJiri Tlusty - LW - Jan 28
Tlusty was absent from Wednesday's practice for what coach Bill Peters described as maintenance purposes.

EdmTaylor Hall - LW - Jan 29
Hall (lower leg) will not play Thursday against the Sabres, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.

Taylor Hall - LW - Jan 28
Hall is day-to-day with a lower leg injury.

Taylor Hall - LW - Jan 27
Hall (leg) won't play Tuesday against the Wild.

Taylor Hall - LW - Jan 27
Hall (leg) was not on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate.



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The Hurricanes were the ninth team to win Game 7 of an NHL postseason series after trailing at the end of the second period. But they were the first to do so in a conference finals or the Stanley Cup finals since 1979, when the Canadiens overcame a 3-1 deficit after two periods to beat the Bruins 5-4 and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

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