Fleury

Fleury

They’re often referred to as the ‘Cardiac ‘Canes.’ But a better name might be the ‘Deja Vu ‘Canes.’

For the third straight playoff series, the Carolina Hurricanes dropped Game 1 on the road — this time 3-2 last night at Pittsburgh in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals. Carolina rallied late, and nearly tied the game (Eric Staal’s shot toward a ton of open space went into Marc-Andre Fleury’s body with 257. seconds left), but came up short. However, their momentum is now going in the right direction heading into Game 2. In their previous two series, the Hurricanes won Game 2 on the road.

Fleury won Round 1 of his goaltending showdown with Carolina star Cam Ward, who proved that he’s human — even in the midst of an excellent performance.

Throwing fuel on the fire of this series now is the knee-to-knee collision between Carolina’s Erik Cole and Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. Cole only played one more shift after the play and the Hurricanes were accusing Cooke of dirty tricks after the game. Down 1-o in the series, battling injuries … sounds like the ‘Canes are right where they want to do.