Ron Francis: Hurricanes' Quest for the Cup

Ron Francis, whose jersey was retired by the Hurricanes earlier this year after a 23-year hockey career, will blog exclusively for about the 'Canes bid for the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Movin' On

As I sit down to write this blog, it occurs to me that nobody is going to read it tonight because y'all are going to be at the airport waiting for the plane to come in. Oh well, maybe y'all will read it after you wake up in the morning. Where do I start? Was it the best series the Canes could have played? Probably not, but they found a way to "Get R done", and that is really what the playoffs are all about. There will be times in a series when things go right, and there will times when they don't, hec, there will be times within a game when things will go from good to bad or vice-versa real fast. That is why it is important to remain focused on the big picture and not let yourself get caught in the moment. Don't get too high when things go well and don't get too low when they go bad. This series was a great test in that regard for the Canes. Down 2-0, it would have been easy to feel sorry for themselves but they didn't, instead they battled back and found a way to change the momentum in the series and eventually win it. Was it easy? Absolutely not! Five 1 goal games, (2 in OT, and 1 in double OT), now that's a real good series. This series was a real good test for the Canes in many different ways and the confidence they gained from winning this round will help them as they head into the next round against the Devils. We'll leave that discussion for another blog, but for now, let's just enjoy the moment. The Canes faced adversity in this series and it made them stronger, that's a good sign for what lies ahead. We're movin' on.


  • At 5/03/2006 12:17 AM, Blogger Heracanefan said…

    Ronnie Franchise,
    Thanks for sharing your great insight throughout the first round of the playoffs! Just thought we'd let you know we are reading your blog-----while we're tracking the 'Canes' plane from Montreal! Heading to the airport soon! Go 'Canes!

  • At 5/03/2006 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a game!!! I'm stationed in Iraq and got up at 3am to watch it live. The last time I did that we lost 6-1. The media can't say the Canes have never come back from a 2 game deficit anymore. I wish I could be there in Raleigh to feel the excitement of playoff hockey again. Hopefully next year.

  • At 5/03/2006 12:32 AM, Anonymous J Nelson said…

    Ron, Writing on this blog at 11:15 on a Tuesday night is just more (as if we needed it) proof of what a class act you are. You are the ULTIMATE team player, even when you are no longer a player for that team. As I get ready to drive out to the airport, fond memories return of the Cinderella team you led to the Stanley Cup Finals just a few years ago. As a native of Raleigh, I have seen quite a few "transplants" come to the area. I'm quite sure you are my favorite!

  • At 5/03/2006 12:59 AM, Anonymous apex fan said…

    Thanks for your great comments again Ron. Congrats to the Hurricanes and welcome back home! Wow, 3 road wins at Montreal - what an accomplishment.

    It was great to see Roddy's comments during the post-game interview. What a fantastic job he has done as Captain.

    Also great to see Cory and Cam's comments. Congrats on your game winner Cory. Cam is as smooth on the air as he is in goal. Tripp Tracy look out for your job in the future!

    Our family loves Dougie Weight also. This team was not complete before he came. We hope he stays here and finishes out his career here.

    I could go on... this team is a great collection of guys, every one. Congratulations on this series win and keep on doing whatever it takes!

  • At 5/03/2006 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am not much of a blogger but I have read just about every blog you have writen on the Canes. I appreciate your insight and input. I can only hope their intensity level continues and everyone play well.
    Thanks for your comments

  • At 5/03/2006 1:59 AM, Blogger HurricanesAngel said…

    I love reading your blog Ron. Most people pick up the paper first thing of a morning to read, but my choice is your blog. As you can see, I get an early start on my morning reading. I'm just so excited for the Hurricanes! I wish I could be at the airport but unfortunately I can't but I'm there in spirit like so many others. The Canes are AMAZING! Cam Ward is AMAZING! I can hardly wait for the next round to begin. Go 'Canes!

  • At 5/03/2006 2:48 AM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    Well, unfortunately, not everyone is/was out at the RDU I noted in my most previous response, I now reside in the Virginias. And that makes it quite fun to get to the RDU airport in under two-three hours. ;)

    But in a way, I am/was spirit, just like most of the games this season.* :)

    Anyway, as always, you put it all quite perfectly, Mr. Francis. Don't think much more needs to be said other than I'm sure that just like me and Picard, the Caniac Nation feels like dancing right now...and for a *very good* reason. :D

    * - I say "most games" because I was very fortunate to be in person at two...10/7/05 vs. the Penguins and 1/28/06 vs. the Thrashers (a.k.a. You-Know-Who Night ;D).

  • At 5/03/2006 5:39 AM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    I love short overtimes -when my team wins !Way to go ,boys !Now ,how do I deal with the extra tension for the next two weeks -my 18 year old son has a serious problem -he's a die-hard Devils fan !!Other son 's an Av fan -so we don't lock horns so bad ...yet.
    Hubby's a Bruins fan -the kind that thinks Orr is still playing !
    The Devils are going to be tough !
    But the Canes are pumped ,primed and ready to go !!
    The other half of the hockey sweaters in eastern Canada are now being stored for the summer !Yes !!

  • At 5/03/2006 6:17 AM, Blogger Mikeyusmc said…

    Ladies and gentlemen, boy and girls of all ages.... allow me to introduce the team that has played with the most heart and determination. No not the Oilers, who ousted the mighty Red Wings. Not the Avs that convincingly put away a good Stars team. I am talking about our very own Carolina Hurricanes. As has been said many times they didn't always play good or pretty but they never gave up. They (and I) never quit believing that they could still win this series. Now about Game 6 itself. Mark Recchi's goal was a thing of beauty, settling it off his skate for a pinpoint shot. The hits all over the ice by the whole team was inspiring. Last but by no means least, Cam Ward, what composure for a rookie goaltender. Fellow fans we have a great future ahead with Ward in net. Not to take a thing away from Gerber but Ward is definitely a cornerstone of this teams future. On to Jersey and another series win. Go Canes!!!

  • At 5/03/2006 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks AGAIN!! Ron and way to go CANES nuff Said!!

  • At 5/03/2006 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was nice to finally see Stillman smile! He's been one of my favorite players all year. I call him "the director," because when he has the puck, he KEEPS the puck, looks around, and sends it to the right spot.

    NJ will be tough, but they didn't have to dig down deep in round one like the Canes did. I think that will help our team mentally as they face a fast team with a beasty goalie. But hey, I think our goalie isn't too shabby! I loved Cam Ward's comment on watching Bordeur on tv when he was a little kid :)

    Thanks for blogging with us Ron!

  • At 5/03/2006 8:14 AM, Anonymous Michelle said…

    The Ale House was jumping for joy last night after Cory's OT goal. The game was great!!!! My nerves are calm for a couple more days. I'm so excited that we are going to the second round. There's nothing but great things to say about Wardo! He's just been awesome!

    I will admit, this is my first year of watching hockey, so I have no clue where to go or to even check when their plan arrives at the airport. I would have love to have been there last night cheering them on as they came off the plane. Maybe I can figure it out and go to the airport next round! GO CANES!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

  • At 5/03/2006 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The series against the Devils will be tough as the regular season games have shown. I think it will be won by the team that wants it the most. It will be a close series, no doubt. The Canes have shown great spirit and fortitude in the series against the Canadiens. They really have a great chance to advance. Hopefully OLN will not want the games again and we can see proper commentating from John and Tripp...they put the OLN team to shame.

  • At 5/03/2006 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Ronnie - what a show! We were on our seats the entire time. We've got to watch the turnovers when we go against the Devils and if we can step it up a tad, we'll be golden! This team has so much determination, winning 4 after being down 2, they're amazing and I'm proud to be a fan.

  • At 5/03/2006 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This series was just what the Canes needed. After seeing their play slip at the end of the regular season, the Canes needed a good wake up call to get them focused and hungry again. Congratulations to the team for digging down deep and not packing it in when they were down 2-0 going to Montreal!

    Special note to the Caniac stationed in Iraq....thank you for all that you and your team are doing! I look forward to you being back at the RBC Center cheering on our Canes! Be safe!

  • At 5/03/2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Ron Francis said…

    To the guy/gal stationed in Iraq. When I first moved down to Raleigh, I learned real fast just how passionate the good people of this area are about their sports, and once again you hammer that point home. Not only are you making the ultimate sacrifice for the Country and for all us Americans back home, but you are also willing to give up your precious sleep in order to follow the Canes drive for the Cup. On behalf of the Canes organization, their fans, and Americans everywhere I would like to thank you for all you and your buddies are doing. All my best for a safe, speedy return to the homeland! Also, thanks for blogging with me!

  • At 5/03/2006 11:18 AM, Anonymous John A said…

    Ode to a defeat in Six

    It's all over now, the Habs are defeated,
    Some say it is only because the Canes cheated.

    The reffing was biased, the penalties doubled,
    But that wasn't the worst of Montreal's trouble.

    Williams high stick met with Koivu's right eye,
    Since then both the Habs and their scoring went dry.

    Sundstrum, Steve Begin, Higgins, Rivet.
    Would somebody please put the puck in the net!

    Kovelev's circling, seeking relief,
    While Rabiro tries best to locate the crease.

    Carbo and Gainey just stood there and stared.
    This series was wilder than Commadore's hair.

    It's over, it's over the Habs have rolled over
    Souray's hit the links in his shiny Ranger Rover

    Theo advances will Cristobal stays,
    Is Montreal doubting the worth of the trade?

    It's all over now, Canes enjoy all your revels,
    'cause you'll go out in four when you next meet the Devils

  • At 5/03/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger DrFrankLives said…

    All that time you put into a poem, and you couldn't get which eye was hurt?

    You call yourself a fan!?!?!?

  • At 5/03/2006 12:52 PM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    I must echo Annony and Ronnie* and say a huge "Thank you!!" to the Caniac stationed in Iraq. These days, I don't think what you and others like you are doing is appreciated enough. Here's to you keeping up that work AND coming back home safe. *gives a thumbs up*

    I also must say that I too am heavily (and obviously ;)) enjoying this blog and your insight throughout these playoffs, Mr. Francis. From Day One, this blog has soared its way to the top of my list of favorite overall sites to visit. Keep up the outstanding work! :)

    And to another Annony who said this:

    "Hopefully OLN will not want the games again and we can see proper commentating from John and Tripp...they put the OLN team to shame."

    A big, hearty YES to this. I was quite angry at first with OLN for deciding to not carry the Canes/Habs series. BUT, if it weren't for that, Center Ice subscribers like moi would not have gotten the *absolutely wonderful* tandem of FSN South/the John and Tripp Show AND CBC/Hockey Night In Canada with Jim Hughson. As much as I really like getting the FSN South feed, it was and is quite refreshing AND fun to get the Canadian feed too, advertisements and all, especially as unbiased as Hughson and Co. amazingly were.

    All of that said, unfortunately, I'm willing to bet that OLN will pick up the Canes/Devils series...if anything because of the fact that OLN/Comcast is based in New Jersey. BUT, I certainly hope to be wrong on that front.

    * - Yes, I know that rhymes... *blushes*

  • At 5/03/2006 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    to the poem guy...

    I was actually embarassed for the 'Canes fan who wrote that, woefully misspelling so many names and trying to forcefully rhyme things that just do not rhyme.

    Then I got to the last line.
    Explains it all. :-)

  • At 5/03/2006 1:47 PM, Anonymous Michelle said…

    I think I'll go through Ray Whitney withdrawal if I don't get to see Tripp's beginning interview! The wink last night was funny! I think that was his best cameo yet.

    Hey, I like Commodore's hair! Makes him easy to find! =)

  • At 5/03/2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok Ronnie,
    No more Devils fans, that was to John a, face it Scott Stevens is not going to come out of retirement to be beat again. You deserve the Lady Bing, your comments to the trooper in Iraq were touching and outstanding. Please show them to the team, if you get a chance to, they need to know that our men and women in service are keeping the Caniac nation safe.
    Go 'Canes!!!!!!

    From Cliffy

  • At 5/03/2006 5:13 PM, Blogger Tonka1960 said…

    Thanks for your insight, Ronnie. I don't know if you realize it, or not, but your blog comes across like a devoted fan. I'm glad to see you enjoying your retirement, and cheer on the 'Canes like one of us.

    While we wait for the next series to start, I'd be curious if you could devote an entry to what you think might be the "keys" to the 'Canes breaking the Devils' winning streak!

    Thanks much!

  • At 5/03/2006 5:26 PM, Anonymous heracanefan said…

    I wanted to echo Mr. Francis' thoughts regarding the soldier in Iraq. I have several family members who are veterans and served this country with honor, including my father. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family are making to keep this country free. As Ron said in his jersey retirement speech at the RBC Center, it is great that State, Duke and UNC fans can unite in support of the 'Canes! It is also wonderful that all people, irrespective of political belief, can come together to support our soldiers who put it on the line every day. Many thanks for all you do! I pray you will be safe and will get to watch the 'Canes at home with your family real soon!

  • At 5/04/2006 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you all for your kind words and support. I really wasn't expecting it, just wanted people to know there are canes fans over here.

    My wife emailed me about this blog just a few days ago and now I will be here after every game to see what Mr. Francis observations are.

    Being a 2 time cup winner himself, plus guiding out team to the finals in '02, who knows better what's going on in the locker room and how the team is feeling.

    Rod had some BIG shoes to fill, and has done a masterful job.

    Lets take of the Devils in short notice and prepare for the eastern conference finals.

    Thanks again everyone &
    GO CANES!!!!

    SFC Ken

  • At 5/04/2006 4:04 PM, Anonymous Puck Bard said…

    A switch of allegiance

    Colesy's in a neck brace they say it's getting smaller,
    He must be feeling useless, wearing that stiff collar,
    If the Canes can just hang in there 'til Colesy gets much better,
    We might enjoy a third round with Eric in his sweater.

  • At 5/04/2006 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Too bad the organization just alienated a lot of fans by billing for rounds 3 and 4 of the playoffs today. The rise in the ticket prices is outrageous. When I had tickets to the '02 finals I paid $75 per seat in section 116. Today I get a bill for $60 per game round 3 and $80 per game round 4 for section 305! Just when the attendance is up and fans are filling the seats the Canes pull this stunt to drive away the real fans...

  • At 5/05/2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Hi from Cape Breton ! I too would like to hear your thoughts on how to best take on the Devil .Other than the obvious -figure out Brodeur's weakness (does he have one ?) ,and put the brakes on Elias ! Speaking objectively ,what a little fireball that one is !
    I'm braced for a fun time -some people have been altering the screen saver to nasty comments about the Canes -or singing the praises of other teams ! Silly boys -they should know -if Mama ain't happy -nobody's going to be happy !!
    I'd have loved to have been at the airport to meet the team -but the commute's a bugger !! Good luck tomorrow night ,guys ! Ron,do you still say 'eh 'once in a while ?

  • At 5/05/2006 4:19 PM, Anonymous Puck Bard said…

    The 3rd and 4th round prices are outrageous. I got the notice to buy, but I'm skippin' this one.

    But I got my tickets for round two: lookin' forward to tomorrow afternoon.

  • At 5/05/2006 4:29 PM, Anonymous Puck Bard said…

    The time is drawing near
    The fans all reappear
    Eight teams they really blew it
    It's time to get down to it
    The Canes will wipe away
    The Devils wimpy play
    The Senators will crumble
    Against the Sabres mettle
    Can the Oilers win?
    Defeat that sharky fin?
    What's Colorado's chances
    Against those Ducky dances?
    The time has come for you
    To sit and watch Round Two


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