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.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Odds Still Good

I know what y'all are thinking. How can the Canes possibly win game 7 after how they played tonight? Yes, Edmonton skated better, their special teams were better and overall, they totally outplayed the Canes. Yes, Edmonton looked fresher and with a long trip across the country 2morrow, it will be tough for the Canes to reverse that perception. Yes, it's hard to win when your not getting a lot of shots on net. However, last time I checked, the Oilers didn't win the Cup tonight. They still have to win 1 more game, and that game is Monday night, in Raleigh. The Canes worked hard all season just in case a series came down to a game seven, that they would be able to have that game 7 in Raleigh. On Monday, they will get the opportunity to win a agme 7 at home for the Stanley Cup. Let's stop and think for a second. If I said to you last Sept. that the Canes would have a chance to win the Cup in a game 7 in Raleigh, everyone of you would have jumped at the chance. Well, the Canes have that chance. Everything that has happened to this point means nothing. All that matters is Monday night. Anything can happen in a game 7. A bad bounce, a bad call, a hot goaltender, etc., can determine the outcome of the game. The best team doesn't always win a game 7. There is a 50/50 chance the Canes will win the Cup on Monday, I'm excited about that, and so should you be. Do your part, be loud, show this team how much you have appreciated the season they gave you to this point. Believe it or not you can make a difference, and the players will be able to sense your level of belief by the amount of noise in the building on Monday. Now is not the time for doubt.


  • At 6/18/2006 12:05 AM, Blogger That Conservative Girl at UNC said…

    Above all things, I believe in my Carolina Hurricanes.

    #26 was a sight for sore eyes <3


  • At 6/18/2006 12:05 AM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    I love your attitude ,Ronnie!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:09 AM, Blogger caniacnation said…

    So true - the Oilers bounced back - now it's time for the Canes to bounce back.

  • At 6/18/2006 12:10 AM, Blogger caniacnation said…

    We must believe - the Oilers belived when they were down 3-1. It's our turn!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:21 AM, Anonymous gfsiii said…


    Very well said!!

    Go Canes!!! Bring the house down on Monday.


  • At 6/18/2006 12:22 AM, Anonymous Jan said…

    Thanks for the astute words of wisdom, Ron. Its true the mo is with Edmonton, but Iwe have watched the Canes come back so many times this season. Nothing is impossible. They have lived on the edge many times this season, and you can be assured that the Caniacs will be LOUD Monday night!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:22 AM, Blogger Bill Daniels said…

    Thanks Ron, I guess that'll bring me back in from the ledge a little

  • At 6/18/2006 12:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I Hope you're right, man I was hoping that my game 7 tix would be useless right now. I have a hard time beliving that the Canes will drop 3 straight or that "Juicy" will play another game that good.

  • At 6/18/2006 12:26 AM, Anonymous Tami said…

    We as fans have to believe or it will be very difficult for the players to believe. The RBC Center needs to be LOUD on Monday. Go Whalers, oh, I mean Canes.

  • At 6/18/2006 12:29 AM, Blogger Loyal Caniac said…

    Hi Ronnie,

    Tonight's loss in Game 6 really hurt.

    Nevertheless, thank you for the fresh perspective. We are so very proud of our Canes, and we will be there on Monday night ready to raise the roof!

    Caniacs - Wear your red and bring your cameras. Monday night will be memorable, indeed!

    We Want the Cup - MORE!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:35 AM, Blogger iBm said…

    Great attitude Ronnie - total positivity! It's not over..... and your right the fans need to show the Canes we STILL BELIEVE.

  • At 6/18/2006 12:39 AM, Anonymous JBCanes said…

    Well put Captain !
    We need to blow the roof off the RBC on Monday. Eric Cole gets to play another home game this year and the Canes will bounce back in a big way. All Caniacs need to bring their A game too. The Cup is coming back to Raleigh to stay ! Let's Go Canes!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:46 AM, Blogger hoopla said…

    Thanks for the dose of optimism, Ron. Are you concerned that Ward has allowed 6 of the last 8 goals to glove side high? I feel like they have solved him. They know it. Every shot they take is going to that corner and Ward STILL had his glove down at his knees on that last goal. Has Gerber completely withdrawn his account with the coaching staff?

  • At 6/18/2006 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, once again you come through with your analysis. What a totally fantastic season and playoffs. Now it's come down to one final game. Isn't this the stuff of dreams? The 'Canes have found a way to win all year long. As much as I would like a lopsided win, I think we will have another nail-biter, possibly an OT game but this time I believe the outcome will be in the 'Canes favor. We 'Caniacs will enjoy it but it's the players who will earn it. I believe the 'Canes will earn a win the old fashioned way, with skill, grit, sheer determination and teamwork. Go 'Canes.

  • At 6/18/2006 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ronnie, you always make me feel better.
    #10---From the Captain on the ice to the captain of Caniac nation...forever our captain.

  • At 6/18/2006 12:51 AM, Anonymous Sharon S. said…

    Ok, here it is. I am a displaced New Yorker. If any of you out there remember the '86 World Series (Mets vs Red Sox) you'll know that the Mets were down to their last strike - TWICE.

    But guess who won that series in game 7(on a bad hop I might add) - THE METS.

    Ya'Gotta Believe.

    I believe.

    Ron believes.

    The Canes believe.



  • At 6/18/2006 12:57 AM, Blogger dave's wings said…

    Drove with 2 friends to the Yanks-Nationals game today and left early to catch the game back at the RBC center tonight. This is why they call it home ice. CANES IN 7. They play the game of their lives. The Cup goes up and it's a repeat of 94 except Hedican is a winner this time. No Ric Flair's just support for the home town in a Game 7. My friend Ted has 3 tickets for Monday..Very Jealous right now. Nice words from Ronnie Franchise. Keep up the good work in the coming years and will be posting about the home town winner on Tuesday. GO CANES!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 1:04 AM, Blogger dave's wings said…

    P.S..There are Columbus Blue Jacket fans, Atlanta Thrasher fans that are still waiting to see playoff hockey. Could be worse. The Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, and Phoenix Coyotes have never been to a cup final. Could be worse. Sports fans need to stick with their team thru thick and thin. I'm a Dolphins fan, Yankee Fan and Redwings fan. Roll with the bad and enjoy the good and if you really looked this in the mirror you would believe Ronnie that this is fact its great. Drama is not only for the's for sports and it is what the True Sports Fan searches for. You are in the middle of it. LIve It. Breathe it. Love it. I'm with ya Caniacs...until we meet again in the Cup Finals...DAVE H...wing fan in Raleigh

  • At 6/18/2006 1:10 AM, Blogger dave's wings said…

    Sharon S....I am from Bklyn myself. If anyone has a right to believe...I agree. Mets were dead....dead.....but they pulled it out. If any Caniac does notr believe..please go purchase or rent the 1986 WS tape. I'm sure many of you already know...but...if not get it. It will restore hope if you have lost it. P.S There are no bad's all in the cards. "It gets behind Buckner...Knight rounds third and the Mets win it.." Markenenn can be Buckner Monday night.

  • At 6/18/2006 1:13 AM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    What everybody else has said. Your words couldn't have been any more of such a pleasant breath of fresh air, Mr. Francis. No wonder I love to come over here whenever I get through blowing off a little steam in my own blog(s).

    Don't want to get over-confident and mess with karma through saying if I think the Canes will win...I did that before Game Six, and we all know what happened.

    Therefore, I will say this: I may not be able to attend Game Seven in Raleigh, but you can count on me cheering as loud and proud as ever at my TV's monitor AND wearing my game face.

    Here's to every single one of us, players AND coaches AND crew AND fans, believing in whatever it takes one last time.


  • At 6/18/2006 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for those words of consolation, Ron. You've been such a class act and provided so much insight. I really appreciate your attitude and perspective but right now, i really just feel like a terminal cancer patient who's been told to pray for a miracle. One game takes all...yes, i believe we can beat them if we were fresh and healthy. But right now, after getting physically pounded for 6 games, after feeling the dejection of getting thoroughly dominated since the 3rd period of game 5, and worst of all, even after laying our our trump card of erik cole on the table, it's evident that this team just does not have what it takes in a long 7 game series against a team as physical as edmonton. We had our way against teams like montreal, new jersey, and a depleted buffalo team. But edmonton is just a different beast. And a beast they are. Perhaps a healthy erik cole could have made a difference because he may be the only guy able to stand up against them but i guess that's not meant to be. I think the only way we may have a chance in game 7 is if the refs decide to turn it into a pp parade but now the oilers seem to have figured out how to solve their special teams problems as well. We are simply getting out coached, out hit, and totally outplayed. Nevertheless, i have been thrilled on this great ride. So i would like to thank the Canes for a great season. Perhaps in another season we can finally get the job done.

  • At 6/18/2006 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Oilers are making History and they will finish it off Monday night by winning the cup. Remember this, an 8 seeded team (95 pts)that beats Detroit (124 pts)in 4 games. They then come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the series 4-2. In the 3rd round they battle through the Flu (with practically the whole team being sick) to win 4-1 against the Mighty Ducks. And after all that, Bergeron, a idiot in my books (im a true Habs fan and i hated him when i played for us) decided to make a boneheaded play and take his #1 goalie out for the rest of the playoffs. With the #3 goalie playing in net, they manage to come back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the series 3-3 and bring it to a deciding game 7. This should not of been the case. The Canes had the Cup in Game 5 and they lost it. The Oilers have nothing to loose now. The Canes have everything to loose. #2 team in the East. IF they do win the cup i hope they dont win it by fluke and that they really come out n play and show us what they are all about. this is do or Die for the Canes...ALL of Canada is behind the Oilers, cheering them on to win this cup, i even bet ya a few Flames fans (true Enemies) are secretly cheering em on...I mean, they even the good old French Quebeckers (who HATE anything that is Canada) rooting for them to win...right now, the Oilers Deserve to win the Cup...!!!GO OILERS GO!!!BRING LORD STANLEY BACK TO CANADA, WHERE IT BELONGS!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 2:36 AM, Anonymous Ryan said…

    Thanks Ron!


    Ask Mactavish or Hedican from '94 (same exact scenario)

  • At 6/18/2006 3:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That was just a thorough butt-kicking...just pathetic. We deserve to get our heads handed to us. And why are they even risking Erik Cole's health for this? Erik, I love you for doing if you're reading, don't dress on monday, it's not worth risking yourself for a team that is utterly incapable of bringing it. Detach yourself from this bunch of chokers!

  • At 6/18/2006 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hoopla - no worries with Ward. It's the matadors playing on defense that's the concern. They are not skating, they are not hitting (the only good hits are illegal) - they are just getting beat.

  • At 6/18/2006 6:28 AM, Anonymous Bridge Builder said…

    I hope you are right and your optimism is commendable. The Oilers are playing like a team on a mission; they are focused and playing their best Hockey right now. They're going to be tough to beat especially by a team who seems to be looking back at what could've been. But, they're professionals and isn't this the way it's supposed to be..."one game for all the marbles?" Leave it all on the ice, you have an entire off season to rest and heal!!

  • At 6/18/2006 6:48 AM, Blogger SFC Ken said…

    My son and I are really jealous of my wife. She's the only one in the family that gets to go to the game Monday and she's taking a friend who's gonna see the Stanley Cup awarded to the winning team (the Canes) for free.

    Mr. Francis, thanks for all the words of Wisdom during this run. Hopefully you'll post one more message regardless of the outcome.

    Caniacs that are fortunate enough to go to the game, you need to be there for the team on Monday, regardless of what the scorboard says.

    We all hoped #26 would be back on the ice and he is. He took hits and he dished them out too, man, it was good to see him out there.

    I have my Francis jersey hanging up in my room over here, and when the Canes win Tuesday morning, I'm putting it on over my uniform.

    LET'S GO CANES!!!!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Everyone needs to remember that we have really only "won" two games; we got pretty darn lucky in the first, and thus we're extremely lucky to have a game 7. I'll admit it, I think we're going to end the playoffs on a three game losing streak. For the one guy who cited the '86 Mets, I need only look at the '03 Cubs to see what letting the deciding game slip away can do to you.

    What has impressed me is this series has been really a battle of two ideologies- the new NHL (the Hurricanes, fast, open hockey) and the old NHL (the Oilers, physical hockey). What I've seen is that physical hockey wins. Especially if we lose game 7 I expect to see the Hurricanes pick up some bruisers for next season, because we can't win it all without being physical. Edmonton has showed that they're the most complete team this series, and that's what wins championships. But most importantly is that nobody is to blame. The Hurricanes simply played their game, the Oilers played theirs, and the Oilers' game proved to be the one with the most endurance. Some of us that have been around simply understand the forces at work here. The Hockey Gods are Canadian, and they've really blessed this Edmonton squad this year. They're shaping up to be the first #8 seed to win it all. I don't know if the 'Canes can reverse that or not; I certainly hope so but my magic 8 ball has been less than encouraging!

  • At 6/18/2006 7:36 AM, Blogger HurricanesAngel said…

    I was very excited to see Eric Cole back on the ice. I don't think the Canes played one of their better games last night but I'm not worried. Some where in the back of my mind I'm getting the feeling they want to win the cup in front of the home crowd with Cole on the ice. Win or lose, they'll always be #1 to me. I have nothing but great things to say about everyone on this team. I'm confident they'll bring it with everything they have for Game 7. GO CANES!

  • At 6/18/2006 7:39 AM, Blogger nchurricane1 said…

    Ron... I can't add anything more to what you said!!! Still the Captain at heart and Captain of the fans!!!

    Hey... what excitement to see Cole back on the ice!!!

    GO CANES!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All I want to know is how much the refs were paid to give that game to the Oilers? When I saw Eric Cole take a forearm to the head in the first period, I about lost it. The refs didn't even blink. Then they called that against us all night long. To top it off, this was a guy who is recovering from a bad neck injury! I hope the referees have some sort of accountability when it comes to games like this. Those two guys should be fined and never allowed to call another NHL game in their lives!

  • At 6/18/2006 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Spoken like a true champion, Ron. Your positive attitude is an example for your former teammates, as well for the rest of us off the ice, as well.

    Go Canes!

  • At 6/18/2006 8:04 AM, Blogger linda schlachter said…

    hey ron, it did my heart good to see erik back out there last night. sure it wasn't the canes best night,but buy all that is holy,i still believe in my boys!!! they've earned the right to be in the playoffs and i will be there mon. night cheering on my guys til the bitter end. we have to do what the edmonton fans do and scream so loud that everyone of us can be heard by the canes and know their fans are still behind them! so let's go caniacs!! let's rally behind our boys!! it's NOT OVER YET!!!! we love you guys,never doubt that!!

  • At 6/18/2006 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can you give that speech to the Canes before game time? :)

    Everything you said is true. This team has had such an awesome season, I'd love to see a happy ending. Once again my advice to the team is:


    Let's Go Canes!

  • At 6/18/2006 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for the optimism...but I feel I have been punched in the gut. I will endure for one more game but not sure I will ever let myself get this emotionally involved in future seasons...Great to see Cole and I think it will be a lift for all in the RBC to see him Monday night on the ice, heck he caused a stir just walking through the arena in a suit, can't wait to see him with the jersey on in front of us all...BUT as he said in the post game interview, he doesn't expect to be the savior so we shouldn't expect that of him either...he needs a supporting cast.
    Maybe later today I will get over my
    negative attitude as I did after game 5, I DO still have hope and I DO still BELIEVE! I'll be in the RBC Center on Monday, bring the Oil on...

    GO 'CANES!

  • At 6/18/2006 9:23 AM, Blogger Dan Robins said…


    I'll be wearing my red and my pins here in Ohio. I gotta tell ya though, we really sucked last night.

    Good to see Cole back in....I do remember the BBC of 2002.

    I want my Canes to get the cup. I hope they believe in themselves as much as I do. And go to ANY LENGTHS to get THE CUP!

  • At 6/18/2006 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, thanks so much for your positive words, it really helped my mood today. After going to Game 5 and then seeing last night's game ...I admit...I was very very down this morning....but I was NEVER OUT and neither are the Canes! I too have a hard time believing that the Canes will drop 3 straight.

    Remember, we went to Game 7 with the Sabres...and we won...we will WIN again...tomorrow night. I STILL BELIEVE & SO SHOULD EVERY OTHER CANIAC! This is far from over...all the pressure is now on Edmonton to win it...bc that is what everyone is expecting with the pressure our guys can play their A-game and snatch The Cup out from under their own house! (which WILL be insanely loud'!)

    My husband and I will be at the game tomorrow night yelling and screaming as loud as we can all night & so will our entire row!! My husband just left this morning to fly to MI for a week (taking his son to see his grandparents)...but last night AFTER the game he booked his flight to come back tomorrow so he can go to Game 7 (and then head back up to MI the next morning). We are true "to-the-bitter-end" kind of fans and we will NOT give up on our team, especially when they need us the most. GO CANES!!

  • At 6/18/2006 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The College Basketball fans of the area should be reveling in this opportunity. When it comes to hoops and tournaments, one loss and it is over. Your team that had a bad night is done, no second chance to show the skill and talent they displayed all year long.

    The Hurricanes have the chance to prove to the world that they are the better team when they earn the right to hoist the Cup. How could Ron Francis not know what he is talking about? He has played for the cup and lost, and played for the cup and won.

    Never Underestimate a Hurricane.
    Some of the worst damage comes when people think the storm has passed. People in North Carolina have first hand experience with this.

    Now is the time for the Caniacs to rise up. The folks at the RBC Center who chose Bruce's song, "The Rising", chose well in my opinion. I was there for Game one of the second round against NJ. The song gave me goose bumps. But the performance of the team against a future hall of fame net minder was beyond goose bumps.
    Belief when all is well is easy. Belief when all is dark is the light that shines until daybreak.
    Caniac Nation, Be the Light, be there for your team. No one can fault you for that. May the best team win, and may the spirit of good sportsmanship that Ronnie displayed on the ice and continues to display off the ice be celebrated and rewarded.

    One Game
    One Team
    One Cup


    Sammy Markov 55

  • At 6/18/2006 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I so distantly remember the Canes lost back to back to who? Oh, Montreal. What happened next? Enough said. Our time, our terf, our Stanley Cup.

    Go Canes. I still believe!! Sheila in Sanford

  • At 6/18/2006 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How many OT shoot-outs did the Canes win early season this year - many! How much adversity did E. Cole overcome to play last night - much! How much heart do the Cane's fans have on home ice - an infinite amount. This is not time to be complacant or fearful. Coach K at Duke often speaks of the 6th man at home (the fans); the Cane's need the emotional support that must come from the fans!!! Stand proud and yell loud!! Go Canes!!!!!!! It's time Lord Stanley enjoyed some Southern Hospitality for a year by staying at our "house"!

  • At 6/18/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Laura said…

    For the first time last night, I heard Kevin Adams directly call on us, the fans, to make it happen on Monday. I'd do anything to help these guys win the game, and the only thing I can do is buy my ticket and believe they will win. These are the same guys (plus Cole, now) who shut out the Oilers earlier in the series. Plus, Cam Ward's mind is deeply in Finals mode. He believes.

    That said, I'd like to see a lot more checking from the Hurricanes. I really don't care about big hits one bit. The Oilers' checking, combined with the 'Canes lack of it is a complete and utter surprise to me.

    Thanks Ron.

  • At 6/18/2006 9:56 AM, Blogger lak said…

    Absolutely!!! WE BELIEVE! We have home ice advantage and Erik back in the line up! Lets get behind OUR CANES and show them why we love them so much. They are AWESOME!

    Oh P.S. If you want to bring negative comments and doubt to this blog...STAY AWAY! This is for true Caniacs only!! and WE BELIEVE!

  • At 6/18/2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Oilers are making History and they will finish it off Monday night by winning the cup. Remember this, an 8 seeded team (95 pts)that beats Detroit (124 pts)in 4 games. They then come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the series 4-2. In the 3rd round they battle through the Flu (with practically the whole team being sick) to win 4-1 against the Mighty Ducks. And after all that, Bergeron, a idiot in my books (im a true Habs fan and i hated him when i played for us) decided to make a boneheaded play and take his #1 goalie out for the rest of the playoffs. With the #3 goalie playing in net, they manage to come back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the series 3-3 and bring it to a deciding game 7. This should not of been the case. The Canes had the Cup in Game 5 and they lost it. The Oilers have nothing to loose now. The Canes have everything to loose. #2 team in the East. IF they do win the cup i hope they dont win it by fluke and that they really come out n play and show us what they are all about. this is do or Die for the Canes...ALL of Canada is behind the Oilers, cheering them on to win this cup, i even bet ya a few Flames fans (true Enemies) are secretly cheering em on...I mean, they even the good old French Quebeckers (who HATE anything that is Canada) rooting for them to win...right now, the Oilers Deserve to win the Cup...!!!GO OILERS GO!!!BRING LORD STANLEY BACK TO CANADA, WHERE IT BELONGS!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for the pep talk. I believe and I will be there on Monday loud as ever to show them that I do believe!

  • At 6/18/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Yanni Znaio said…

    The past two games, the Oil HAD to win and the 'Canes didn't.

    Monday night, both teams are in a HAVE to win situation.

    When the 'Canes HAVE to win, they do so-- and they have done so all season.


  • At 6/18/2006 10:33 AM, Blogger 4evercanes said…

    Very uplifting words Ron! Thanks! Indeed, it is time for the caniac nation to show our support to our beloved team! I believe 'Canes will get the Stanley Cup on Monday night! I believe, I believe, I believe!

    I think we need to be more aggressive! Aggressive but not violent.. Caniacs, scream out loud at the RBC this Monday!

    Let's GO CANES!!!!!!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 10:55 AM, Blogger rmmeli said…

    Great comments Ron. We will be there doing our part to rally the Canes!

  • At 6/18/2006 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We will win Monday night.
    FEAR the STORM!
    Go Canes!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:03 PM, Anonymous Ranger Rick said…

    Given the smack-talk some of the other teams in these playoffs have been giving (which I would have expected from fans, not from professionals) I, for one, am proud of the Hurricanes having gotten this far on pure ability and level-headedness. Watching the interviews and press conferences, I'm continually heartened by the modesty and self-control shown by our players.

    It's a testament to our skill that the Oilers had to resort to beating us up to tie up the series, after they realized they couldn't out-skate us enough to take the cup.

    All we have to do is what we've done the rest of these playoffs, and skate our butts off. We know we can do it it, and we know what's on the line, we just need to make it happen.

    I believe we can do it, and I hope the team doesn't take game 6 too seriously, everyone has an off-day. We'll show 'em what we can do in game 7.


  • At 6/18/2006 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That part about "if someone told me eons ago that we can have a one game take all scenario, we would take it, etc, etc, ...", well, it had a nice ring to when I first heard it I don't know how many years ago. But now, it has become no more than just another overused cliche. Moreover, it's a cliche used by desperate people who really, deep down, have no real solution to the problem at hand. Over the course of this series, I've seen the light - this current group just does not have the right mix. Softies like Whitney, Weight, Stillman who can score a few goals are nice. But we need a few more Moreau, Torres, Peca types who know how to be a menace to the opposition. Otherwise, we just cannot compete.

    Hope you're not too offended by what I wrote but I'm just so angry right now after getting my guts ripped out by this team. Rutherford: now that you've seen firsthand how a REAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM should be built, please go out and do it in the offseason. You can begin by getting rid of a few of the pansies who are currently wearing the Canes unforms. We don't need them.

    I need a drink...

  • At 6/18/2006 12:42 PM, Blogger Robin said…

    Does anyone have any Rolaids? Just thinking about a game on Monday is getting the best of me!

    Regardless of the outcome on Monday our Caniac Nation has become quiet a force! Hockey in the Carolina's has been put on the map, not once, but twice! For that accomplishment I am extremely proud!

    Canes and Caniacs, thank you for an awesome trip through this past season! I hope that we all have the opportunity to dance in the streets Monday night!!

    Rock on Team! YOU ARE THE BEST!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love the positive thoughts as well. A team can collapse, but not this team.
    I was a huge AZ Diamonbacks fan when they beat the Yankees in 7 games. They suffered incredible, dramatic defeats in NY. They were old and tired. But it was those same players who won the series in game 7 in AZ.
    Last night on TV when the Edmonton crowd roared the entry of their team it was hard not to feel that would power the home team. Canes fans near to provide the same, confident welcome to our team.
    GO CANES!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:43 PM, Blogger Johnson said…

    I love the positive thoughts as well. A team can collapse, but not this team.
    I was a huge AZ Diamonbacks fan when they beat the Yankees in 7 games. They suffered incredible, dramatic defeats in NY. They were old and tired. But it was those same players who won the series in game 7 in AZ.
    Last night on TV when the Edmonton crowd roared the entry of their team it was hard not to feel that would power the home team. Canes fans near to provide the same, confident welcome to our team.
    GO CANES!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, that hurt bad last night, as badly as the OT SH loss Last Wednesday.

    I surely hope our boys got a good rest last night and that they go to bed early tonight! Get some sleep, wake up on Monday full of energy and ready to rock the Oil.

    Since I can't get to the game Monday night I'm counting on my comrades to raise some "Cane" on my behalf. Leave it all on the ice. Come to work Tuesday morning with no voice left. That's what the team needs from you at RBC. Don't disappoint, please! If you do this, the team has what it takes to raise the Cup!

  • At 6/18/2006 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I believe!!!!
    Good to see #26 back, that was awesome!!!!
    Go CANES - Whatever it Takes!!!!


  • At 6/18/2006 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The fans were not up to par for a Cup-clinching game last Wednesday. If a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals scenario on home ice with the Cup being awarded tomorrow night doesn't get the crowd going ALL NIGHT LONG, then nothing will. Canes fans are loud, but we aren't loud throughout the entire game.


    LET'S GO CANES!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "ranger rick" says:
    It's a testament to our skill that the Oilers had to resort to beating us up to tie up the series, after they realized they couldn't out-skate us enough to take the cup.

    Don't really know how much of the games you've been watching, but the Oilers not only were more physical (welcome to hockey) last night, they DID out skate the Hurricanes.

    The Hurricanes have to play more aggresive if they have any chance to win against the Oilers. Edmonton is proving itslef to be the ultimate team with total domination of the theme "relentless".

    After watching the last couple of games in this series, I'm convinced that the Oilers want the cup more. IF, and only if, the Hurricanes are fortunate enough to win tomorrow night, I can only think it will be because of a bad bounce, or some other force of nature (no pun intended).

    I think our Canadian friends have earned Stanley's cup with coming from behind to tie this series up. Carolina perhaps got too sure of themselves.

    The Northern winds seem stronger than any Hurricane in the South.

    One heck of a series though. Looking forward to many more surprises next season!

  • At 6/18/2006 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Whatever it takes? Well it's time to test that phrase. Caniacs its time for you to step it up. The Oilers fans gave a boost to their team and its time to show them how we do it here in Carolina. 10 years ago the only ice you would find here in June was in a glass of iced tea. Now our team has an oppertunity to win the Stanley Cup. Those of you who are lucky enough to be there in person, I expect thunderous applause for 60 minutes because you are cheering for not just the one game but all the games it took to get to this place. Also I was thrilled to see Cole back out on the ice, he was flying around out there looking like his old self. Hopefully we'll see him score like his old self infront of the home fans.

    GO CANES!! So proud of you!

  • At 6/18/2006 2:01 PM, Blogger carolinacanefan said…

    First of all it was great to see Erik Cole back on the ice again! GO ERIK! Secondly, I was thinking about that old adage about "it ain't over til the fat lady sings". Well, the big guy at Edmonton who sang the national anthemns for both teams sure ain't no lady so that can only mean one thing.......THE CANES SHALL PREVAIL! I am so proud of these guys. They have done so much for the sport of hockey in this state (including yourself Ron Francis). Thank you Hurricanes for a great season.....and Monday night I will be cheering you guys on! GO CANES!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 2:05 PM, Blogger Rick said…

    I was just wondering if anybody, including you, Ron, could tell me why the Canes are not more physical, more hits, more pounding the body,etc on the ice??? It totally amazes me that game after game the Canes continue to get beat up and pounded physically and they just go about their way. Is there something I am missing? IMHO, the Canes are in for a long night Monday if they don't get physical.

  • At 6/18/2006 2:13 PM, Blogger magnolia_mer said…

    I may be late to the party, but I love the 'Canes. Y'all are winners no matter what, 'cause you brought a Game 7 to Raleigh.

    Go Brindy! Go Cam! Go Eric! All the Canes have made us proud. We'll be watching Monday night.

  • At 6/18/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger Saltwater-ice said…

    One more game-One more win
    The Canes have come back all year.
    Be loud for all of us watching at home.
    I wish I could be there.

  • At 6/18/2006 2:24 PM, Blogger caniacfan43 said…

    You are so right with such a great attitude for not only the hurricanes but also the caniac nation...Yes of course it hurt so bad to watch the game last night but remember the phrase that has been said time and time again all year long....WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like how one anonymous fan said it --
    'The Northern winds seem stronger than any hurricane in the South'

    Who knows how tomorrow will go, but I'm kinda feeling that brisk breeze from the North too -

  • At 6/18/2006 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…



  • At 6/18/2006 3:29 PM, Blogger Redmanjbj said…

    how can you argue with Ron Francis? Go Canes!

  • At 6/18/2006 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well all I can say is everyone thought you had it in the bag...I can't wait to see you cry..You played hard but you have and you will be beat by a better team. Hope to see you next year.

    Your team is tired and hurting and they need to get the golf clubs out after they heal.

    Go Oil!!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mr. Francis, I saw you just a few moments ago in the 19th hole at the club--you walked past me to go sit at the next table, probably noticed my eyes were as big as saucers when I recognized you, and you were kind enough to say a nice hello.

    After a terrible round of golf, you made my Father's Day. Sincere thanks for that!

    Tomorrow night, it's for every last marble! The team who wants it more will hoist the hardware at the RBC Center!


    GO CANES!!!!

  • At 6/18/2006 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can you make a case it was a bad mistake on canes part to bring back Erik Cole and hurting the team chemistry just like Eric Lindros did to the Philadelphia Flyers in ECF in 2000 vs. Devils?

  • At 6/18/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger canesguy said…

    Thank you Ronnie for helping bring me back from the edge of despair. You're absolutely right - the Oilers did NOT win the cup Saturday night. The Canes have been counted down and out many times this season and I believe, yes I BELIEVE, that they have one more good surprise in store for Monday night.
    I was in the RBC for the glorious Game 7 against Buffalo where we were were down with only 18 minutes to play, for Game 5 where we were down 3-1 after 2 periods. I was there for Game 2 against the Devils when we scored with 3 seconds to go and then won in overtime. Yes, I BELIEVE.
    I spent every cent I had, and then some, on Buffalo so I can't be in the RBC tomorrow night. So I will do the best I can and be in the tent on the south lawn to yell, scream and cheer with fellow Caniacs because I BELIEVE! GO CANES!

  • At 6/18/2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous Mark Snyder said…

    I have been hearing rumors of games being fixed to extend the series to six or seven games. I started hearing them before this series started. I hope they're not true. Such a scandal would kill the league, I believe, and I can't believe the league would take that risk.

  • At 6/18/2006 6:07 PM, Blogger Yanni Znaio said…

    I'd say over 500 at the airport this afternoon to greet the 'Canes.

    Kevyn Adams, at his car, posed with his daughter and her "welcome home, daddy" poster.

    He thanked us for coming out and said that "y'all gotta rock out tomorrow night."

  • At 6/18/2006 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To the person that posted at 3:46 pm that he couldn't wait to see us cry, I would like to ask you what kind of person says something so cruel & unnecessary? If you knew how unintelligent that you came across as being you might be ashamed. I would venture to say you are one of the angry ignorant-acting drunks that were spewing vulgarities on tv the other night after your team lost and even the sports reporters commented that you had no class. You are NOT representative of the Oiler fans that have kindly posted to this Blog. You are not a real hockey fan, but an ignorant loud mouth looking an excuse to berate someone or get drunk. I will thank God tonight that my soul is not like yours & say a prayer for our Canes. We might cry tomorrow, but your tears will come, because people like you bring misery to yourself & anyone that can still stand to be around you.

  • At 6/18/2006 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Edmonton may believe in their team all the way to the moon, but Raleigh believes in their 'Canes all the way to the moon... and back!!! (out of the mouths of babes!)

  • At 6/18/2006 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I also heard that rumor before this series. Even though it would make the league millions of extra bucks, I don't believe it. Here lately, I would love to believe it is true, because it would explain some really strange things that have being going on. Just joking....I think. :-)

  • At 6/18/2006 8:53 PM, Anonymous jeff said…

    Has noone been watching the series. The Oilers have outplayed the Canes every game except for game 2. The Canes were given a gift in game 1. If the Oilers could have scored on their power play this series would have been over in 5 games. It's too bad the Canes can't score 5 on 5. There's always next year.

  • At 6/18/2006 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just watched the homecoming for the Hurricanes video on Very inspiring to see 200 fans out there cheering the team on! Even more inspiring, to my mind, to see these guys being greeted by their families on Father's Day...I have never followed a professional team like I have this one. It's mind boggling to think of them as actual "people" sometimes...we talk about them and the way they play like they are video game characters. Win or lose tomorrow night, they have given us an inspiring ride this season, they have shown integrity and loyalty and they have given the Triangle a unifying team to root for! I wish them all the best in the off-season and I for one, will be along for the ride next season! Go Canes! Be the best you can be in game 7.

  • At 6/18/2006 10:12 PM, Blogger CanesGirlKB said…

    Ronnie, I have been a huge fan of yours since I started watching the Canes when I was 12. Now I'm turning 19 tomorrow and I am praying that the Canes will give me the best birthday present ever... a date with Lord Stanley's cup at the RBC Center tomorrow night.

    I'm keeping my fingers, toes, arms, legs and everything else crossed for tomorrow night, but all in all it's not luck that will win us that cup. Thanks for helping all of us look at the big picture here. I hope to be writing you Tuesday morning after a big celebration tomorrow night saying how proud I am to be a fan of a Stanley Cup Champion team. If not, I still love those Canes.

    Thanks for all you are still doing around the Triangle. We all love you, Ronnie.

    P.S. I really enjoyed seeing you write "y'all" in your last blog. That put a big smile on my face.

  • At 6/18/2006 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ronnie, I've enjoyed your blogs as they have been honest and right on target. However you turned to cheerleader in this last one. That game 5 OT loss was it. The team was lifeless on Saturday. Even having E. Cole back on the ice did not help. I'm hoping they can win it, but they've got to get some emotion.

  • At 6/18/2006 10:54 PM, Blogger boogeyboyatu said…

    Simply put, this is one of the biggest disappointments in professional sports. It really sucks for guys who are certain to retire like Glenn Wesley. So thanks for the season and thanks for this massive choke job. And as for Ron Francis, he is more than kind to his former team. But somewhere in the back of his mind, the word choke has to be there.

  • At 6/19/2006 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said… are an idiot. If anyone in their right mind thinks the league fixes games...

    If the Canes don't skate they don't win, and they haven't skated for most of this series.

    Plus they're the much more beat up team: Ward, Weight, Williams, Wesley, and Hedican are all hurting.

    All that being said this is sort of reminding me of the Rangers-Vancouver series of '94 and we all know what happened then.

    We shall see on Monday.

  • At 6/19/2006 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't be fair-weather fans. You're either a 'Canes fan or your not! If you want to see them hoist the cup, be there and be loud. The 'Canes have always shown character this year, and if anybody can shake off Saturday night they can. It's been one heck of a roller coaster ride with it's ups and downs. I wouldn't have it any other way. This has been the most exciting sports I have been privaledged to witness in my years. Go 'Canes & Thanks Ronnie! Sec 125

  • At 6/19/2006 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Go 'Canes...
    Don't be fair-weather fans! They've not played well - They're playing a very good & physical team. Raise the roof Monday for the team and the year they've had and maybe we'll witness history - Whalers/'Canes winning The Cup.
    They've come back ALL season and there is no reason to expect any different. Thanks for the comments Ronnie - a class act as always! TS in Raleigh

  • At 6/19/2006 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Go 'Canes... Anybody who has given up on this team shouldn't call themselves fans. The playoffs have been a roller coaster as Ronnie indicated it would be... We've gone further than ever in the franchise history. We are more capable than any other Whalers/Canes team ever assembled (sorry Ronnie)... Stick with them - don't be wishy washy, fair-weather fans. This is hard, but now is the time to yell louder than ever - Let's Go Canes. I can't wait to see the cup come out. This is history in the making for our team.

  • At 6/19/2006 8:45 AM, Blogger Wildervb said…

    Well it looks like it's coming down to game 7, as a fan, I couldn't ask for anything more, these are the games you never forget, win or lose!

    As a Canes fan, I'll be rooting for them all the way, of course. The Oilers have the Momentum, but that could turn around in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Canes have the skill and the will to win this game, they wouldn't be here tonight if they didn't.

    While it might have been more dramatic to wait till game 7 at home to play Cole it might have been better for him to get that first game under his belt to get the rust off. He made some great (legal) hits, unlike some of the head hunting hits Edmonton players were making. Cole mis-fired on a couple of potential shots hopefully that rust will be gone tonight.

    GO CANES!!!

  • At 6/19/2006 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, anyone can win tonight. The hurricanes have played terribly in other games during the playoffs but they've won the ones that counted!

  • At 6/19/2006 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jimmy V said it best:

    "Don't give up...Don't EVER give up!"

    Let's take care of business tonight, and throw a party the likes of which this city has never seen!

  • At 6/19/2006 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Irregardless of whether the Hurricanes win or lose tonight, they still had a great season. They've proven that by being in the finals, haven't they? I salute the Carolina Hurricanes for giving me, a fan, the great opportunity to watch a great team play hockey at its best. Thank you guys!!! Good luck tonight; I will be cheering you on!!! GO CANES!

  • At 6/19/2006 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Last Wednesday was a wakeup call. You have to be ready at all times and don't take anything for granted. Nobody is going to roll over and let the the 'Canes simply take a win. Saturday was a purge for the 'Canes. It was admittedly the worst play by the 'Canes since the start of the playoffs.

    Now that they have gotten it out of their system, game 7 is geared up the most awesome game ever. All season the 'Canes thrive on adversity, tonight is not going to be any different.

    I agree with Ronnie and all other Caniacs, the odds are still good and the 'Canes will be victorious. We have history on their side and we have the opportunity to create a tradition of true fan support.

    I am envious of every fan who will be in the RBC tonight. Let's rock the house and show that not only do the players deserve the Stanley Cup but the fans deserve it too.

  • At 6/19/2006 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We all needed to be reminded of just that. We are proud of the Canes and will stand with them- Rock the House.

  • At 6/19/2006 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just don't see it happening for the Canes tonight. Yes, alot can happen in hockey, but the Oilers seem to be playing like one hockey club that deserves the Cup.
    I don't agree with some posts that the Oilers have been giving head-hunting hits. It's hockey and all the calls seem to be very balanced. You're always going to get some bad calls in any professional sport, but it doesn't make or break games.
    The bottom line is, Edmonton is playing harder, more aggresive, and out-skating as well as out-shooting the Hurricanes.
    I hope the Canes can pull off a miracle tonight, but I also don't want it to be because of bad deflections, bounces, officiating, etc.
    I hope for a good, solid win from whichever team skates and shoots the best.
    Good luck Canes! Good luck Oilers!

  • At 6/19/2006 10:29 AM, Anonymous John McCray said…

    I BELIEVE THEY CAN DO IT! For all those that will be in attendance Monday night, be loud for us that will be watching it at home! Be as relentless in your cheering as those on the ice playing for the cup! You want the Hurricanes to win it, show them how much you want them to win it. Beat the Oilers with your chants, your cheers, and your Pride. Show the Canadian Hockey Fans that we are serious about our hockey, and never stop cheering!

  • At 6/19/2006 10:34 AM, Anonymous John McCray said…

    I can't believe it, I just read some of the other posts. I don't know whether to cry or be angry. It's all about Game 7, which at this point can be called Game 1 as far as anybody is concerned. This SERIES is NOT over. We got shut out Saturday, the Oilers were shut out in Game 2. Lets finish this thing and bring it home in Caniac Fashion!

  • At 6/19/2006 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is it! I have confidence that the Canes WILL win the Cup tonight. May it be a 4-0 payback of game 6!!!

  • At 6/19/2006 10:40 AM, Anonymous Mr. H. said…

    This old man has seen a LOT of hockey and one thing stands out:

    Right now, there is no team in greater control of their destiny than the Carolina Hurricanes!

    This however doesn't guarantee victory. The only thing that is sure is that the TEAM who earns the honor of carrying LORD STANLEY'S CUP tonight will have done what it takes to earn it!

    And then all will fade into legend.

    These teams are struggling with a margin so thin that a well-timed war-cry from a single fan can make all the difference. YOU can make that difference!

  • At 6/19/2006 11:20 AM, Blogger Jimmy said…

    Hi Ron,Thanks for writing during the playoffs. This morning everyone
    I speak with can't wait for the puck to drop.North Carolina has seen it's fair share of basketball
    championships,and were so close for
    to winning a professional "grand Prize". Fans, sometimes it's good to get a good butt kicking like Sat
    night. Through out the history of
    sports, teams have been blown out and come back to win the next game.We have seen that this series.
    Lets just all think about what were playing for and be thankful that our team is playing.Yes,it will be hard for whom ever looses.
    Just think how far we have come as a team here. I've got to believe
    that jimmy V.and the basketball gods are working a deal out with
    hockey gods. "Lets put this team
    on the cup"

  • At 6/19/2006 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It all boils down to tonite. It doesn't matter who won what game when, how many points so-and-so has or how the referee called the last game. One game. One winner. That's it.
    You -know- if your team is going to win even before you get on the ice.
    Will the canes feel it?

  • At 6/19/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger uncbabe said…

    Whatever it takes!!!! Go 'Canes!!

  • At 6/19/2006 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mr. Francis,
    It hurts for me to admit it, but way back when, when the Devils scored that goal with 20 seconds left, I turned off my TV. We all know what happened next. I learned my lesson that NEVER give up on the Hurricanes because they NEVER, EVER give up on themselves. That is why they will play 60 complete minutes tonight and they will prevail. Let's go 'Canes, let's go 'Canes, LET'S GO 'CANES!

  • At 6/19/2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have to say I have been watching the interviews and I can see a fire in these guys eyes now...A Storm is brewing and I can't wait until tonight. I hope our fans do not sit down and they RBC center will ROCK!!!!!!!

    GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 6/19/2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Putting Cole back in the line was an act of desparation. Think about it...The guy breaks his neck, he is out for season, then Weight gets hurt so in a last minute decision they bring in Cole. Why? Because the Canes are so desperate they will risk anything now. So it goes to say that the Canes know this is not good.
    The truth is still the same.
    NO DEFENSE..Oilers will have their beloved cup back where it belongs.
    So much for "Redneck Hockey."

  • At 6/19/2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron you rock! Your comments are always right on and you have the experience as a hockey player to know what your talking about! Now that I have finished sucking up, can you get me a couple of tickets to tonights game? THANKS RON!

  • At 6/19/2006 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Not happening tonite for the Canes.
    Thank You Stillman!

  • At 6/19/2006 12:51 PM, Anonymous Subway Scoundrel said…

    I believe ! I believe ! I believe !

    Although I have barely slept in the last 2 days........ I believe !

  • At 6/19/2006 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have to agree with the poster who said that the only way we can win is to dive and try to draw penalties, especially with McGoo reffing. As much as i hate to admit it, i just don't see us beating the Oilers fair and square. They are just too strong.

    Mr. Francis, thank you for you kind words. I know it must be hard to appear positive when in reality and deep down we all know that the war has been lost. I know it must be especially hard for you having many friends on the team. Speaking the truth just hurts too much sometimes. Going into this game, i know our boys must feel like infantrymen in WWI being asked to march into certain death. Such a cruel ordeal....

    I guess the one positive to take away from this is that we are closer than we were last time in the final. So hopefully, when we get there again, we will finally get it done.


  • At 6/19/2006 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We can do it and I can't wait until tonight. It is true that it is our turn to get the momentum and turn this thing around! Right on as always, Ronnie! I am so glad that Cole was able to play after many heart wrenching moments of finding out his catscans were negitive. Let's go Canes, I was also amazed at the turn out at the airport. It was like we had already won the cup. I thank all the fans on being so supportive. Glad we have the chance to win it in front of all of our loving fans. Let's make the Oilers hold their heads down. Also I think that we should try to dodge the Oilers hits, we don't want to hurt any other players. Don't forget lets make the RBC Center fall down!!

  • At 6/19/2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Putting Cole back in the lineup now is like putting a lemon in a
    box of chocolates...It dont mix.
    Game 6 fixed? Holy cow, gimma a break.
    If the Oilers win tonite...
    They deserve it.

  • At 6/19/2006 1:26 PM, Blogger Yanni Znaio said…

    The Hurricanes shall rise to the occasion.

    Whatever It Takes.


  • At 6/19/2006 1:31 PM, Anonymous namflashback said…

    So, that makes it G1, G3, G4, G5 that could have gone either way. G2 and G6 were the only routs.

    While either fan base would have wished for their team to steamroller the opposition -- it is simply not to be.

    Carolina and Edmonton were both comeback kings throughout the regular season (look at the stats). This was absolutely in the cards.

    I absolutely commend the Hurricanes organization for (pre-lockout) being one of the only Eastern Conf teams to play an up-tempo style. You have great stars, great unsung heroes, and have built a great team.

    Edmonton is all those things too. The NHL wanted a new product that meant that "comebacks" were possible.

    I really like the Canes, and I rooted for the Canes all along. Sadly, Edmonton is my team -- and I can't root for you now.

    I am so happy that two teams who have proven they are worthy are battling it out now.

    For the Canes fans who think the Oilers are all old school and not skilled, its too bad you don't respect us and you clearly haven't been watching. The Oil are equal parts skill and sandpaper.

    Go Oilers. Go Canes. You have given us a legendary SC Finals.

    Oilers in OT. Pisani with the winner.

  • At 6/19/2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Canes better get off to a fast start tonight or it'll be over. First team to score will win tonight. Hopefully the crowd will pump them up, they're beat up and tired.

  • At 6/19/2006 1:47 PM, Blogger martina said…


    Thanks for reminding us that the game IS NOT over. Though Saturday night was a bust, anything can happen tonight! May the Canes make the naysayers eat "crow" and enjoy the victory that they so richly deserve.

    I'll be watching and cheering them on!

  • At 6/19/2006 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The great thing about sports is the next game you can bounce back. The only question I have from game 6 is why was there no penalty call on the first hit on Cole. The man went after his head.

  • At 6/19/2006 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ron ron ron... loved you as a player, not so keen on your unrealistic blogging... the canes looked like a beaten team... after game 5, i've never seen a coach/team look that horrified... not just disappointed in the outcome, but horrified - terrified - pick an adjective...

    the oilers have the momentum, and they have a system that works.

    oilers win tonight - they get up by 2 goals early and carolina falls apart under the weight (no pun intended) of expectations from the community.

    6 Cups in Edmonton as of this evening.

  • At 6/19/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm with the last anonymous post. After tonight it will be another cup for Edmonton.
    The Oilers look good. They have found a rhythm even with losing their starting goalie. The Canes lost Weight and they're falling apart.
    Great hockey teams find new strengths at the face of defeat.
    The Oilers are one team that any hockey fan can applaud.
    I would have liked to see the Hurricanes win, but I just don't think they match up to Edmonton anymore (if they did at all).
    If they do win, I'm sorry to say it won't be because they're the better team at this point.
    Bad bounces, deflections, and penalty calls can happen to anyone. Let's hope the more deserving hockey-playing team hoists Stanley's Cup tonight.
    Best of luck to the Hurricanes and to Edmonton.

  • At 6/19/2006 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I cant help but recall the scene in Major League when Corbin comes up to Charlie and says with gritted teeth "Strike him out". That's what I'd say to the boys. We've played around enough, now get this thing done. YES - be LOOOUUUDDDD if you go...though I am a Caniac, it just appears that their fans are a little louder. Wardo - Don't give up the first goal, Brindy - Start winning those faceoffs, Cole - turn on those jets, Stiller - Bomb 'em, Stally - Get it back, show me you are a star! "D" - give up your bodies. Offense - PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET. PK utit - shut 'em down. Everydody - CYCLE LOW!!! I can't say it enough. Lets GET THE CUP.

  • At 6/19/2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Ron for your confidence building. I think all us Caniacs who love and have followed the Canes all season know they have what it takes to win the Cup. I'm tired of hearing about how the Cup belongs in Canada. That's not true!!! It shouldn't matter where the best team in hockey is located, north or south, in Canada or elsewhere. A good NHL playoff series is good for hockey all around. And the health of the NHL depends on this. I just wish all those against the teams "south of the border" would wake up and support good hockey. Our 'Canes have scratched and clawed their way to the top and deserve better than what they've gotten the last two games. I will be there tonight hoping our hard-working Canes win the cup for themselves. As in any profession, those who work hardest should get the reward, no matter whether that profession is a sport or working in any other business segment. The fans will take it hard if they loose, but the Canes players will have to live with that defeat for a very long time. I personally don't think they deserve that after such a great season. Let's all come together tonight and give them the support they deserve and hopefully they will get a moral strength to get the job done!

  • At 6/19/2006 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…







    Sammy Markov 55

  • At 6/19/2006 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OK CANIACS I know that game 6 was touugh, but remember WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!!! We want it more and deserve it more, we WILL win the Stanley Cup tonight, GO CANES!!!!

  • At 6/19/2006 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "namflashback" said it best. Both teams are great, and have proven this beyond any doubt by making it to the finals of the Lord Stanley Cup tournament. No one can say anything against either team. They both have heart, determination, speed, skill, and sometimes luck. Game seven will decide who gets their names on the Cup, but the whole series has been just what the fans, the players, the coaches, the owners and the league wanted out of the post-lockout NHL.


  • At 6/19/2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Fingers and toes crossed , boys and girls ! 7th game ,final series -2 teams staring each other down -trying to get in each other's minds !Weight -in ?Weight out? Oh,the drama ! Oh,my nerves !Hold on -it's going to be a wild one,methinks ! When we win ,Ron,remember to turn your ear to the north-east !You might just hear one last - You go ,Canes!! Godspeed ! Til tomorrow ! Cdn.Con

  • At 6/19/2006 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tom Petty said "The waiting is the hardest part." Man, this is killing me! Thankfully the puck will drop in about four hours from now.

    Canes fans please keep the faith tonight, especially those of you who are so fortunate as to be at RBC tonight. This is a first for Raleigh and for North Carolina, really. Never before has a professional sports team played here with a championship trophy there for the taking.

    So please show the team we are 110% behind them tonight. Surely we've been devastated by the last two losses, they hurt like the dickens. But we have alot on our side tonight, statistically and otherwise. You guys are the "otherwise" so go to the game tonight with your game face on, cheer wildly like never before. You've got work to do tonight - you are representing the entire region when you take your seat. Those of us at home in front of the TV are counting on you to make noise on our behalf, too!!

    WIT, CANES!!!!!

  • At 6/19/2006 4:18 PM, Blogger 700islands said…

    "At the center of a hurricane is an area almost free of clouds, sinking air, and light winds, called the eye." The Oilers have apparently found the eye of the storm. SKATE HARD CANES! and let's show em the mighty WALL!!! And let me be the first to congratulate you on your 1st Stanley Cup win! I, TOO, BELIEVE! Oilers feel the depression from a CATEGORY 5!

  • At 6/19/2006 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Winds are blowing in from the North.

    Hurricane season postponed temporarily.

  • At 6/19/2006 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't ever give up;
    Whatever it takes;
    Think Positive;

    Charge the net and SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT THE PUCK!!!!!

    Good Luck! GO CANES

  • At 6/19/2006 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ahha young man of the weather forecast (above). You must not know that a Hurricane can strike from the North, south, East, or West. That's why you can never underestimate it's strength and power!

  • At 6/19/2006 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, you're doing a great job! I enjoyed your play back in the day. I had you in my draft one season and you didn't disappoint.

    About momentum: I'm an Oiler fan in Cane territory, but I really felt Edmonton have always been equals, often the better in the whole series. There's no bouncing back for the Oilers. It's just been a slow rise. Go Oilers! (I'd back the Canes, but I'm from Edmonton)

  • At 6/19/2006 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oiler fan again:

    p.s. hurricane downgraded to a tropical depression.

  • At 6/19/2006 5:40 PM, Anonymous Edmontonian in NC said…

    Oiler fan in Cane territory here (I'm from Edmonton). I don't think the Oilers really "bounced back". They always played as equals, even when they lost discipline in the second game. From what I've seen, the Oilers have always had the edge on the Canes.

    Whoever wins, it will be history.

    p.s. hurricane downgraded to tropical depression. Have fun.

  • At 6/19/2006 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All I can hope for is that the 'Canes, after game 6, are downgraded to a tropical depression. No offense, of course, but much booze and glasses lifted high for all of us fans. Here's to a good one tonight!

  • At 6/19/2006 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I gave up talking to my Canadian Fans during the first series, worshipping the Devil in the second series, and eating Buffalo Chicken in the third series. Unfortunately I couldn't give up driving my car, and thus Edmonton will win tonight.

  • At 6/19/2006 6:48 PM, Anonymous girls-love-hockey-too said…

    anonymous said:
    ahha young MAN of the weather forecast (above). You must not know that a Hurricane can strike from the North, south, East, or West. That's why you can never underestimate it's strength and power!

    Sorry, this weather forecaster is a WOMAN -- proves YOU should never underestimate. Go figure.

    So, since the Hurricane Season has been postponed, or like the other posts/forecasters say, has been down-graded, the winds are still very strong from the North.

    Good luck to the Oilers (the weather is in YOUR favor!)

  • At 6/19/2006 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HOME ICE! HOME ICE! HOME ICE! There's no place like HOME! Go 'Canes!

  • At 6/19/2006 11:50 PM, Anonymous ELO said…


  • At 6/19/2006 11:54 PM, Anonymous Tom (Sharon S's husband) said…

    To all you people who doubted:


    To the team: Thank you for not giving up, and bringing it home..

  • At 6/19/2006 11:54 PM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    You can feel the excitement over 300 miles away here in VA/WV...I am so overcome with sheer ecstasy. I never thought I would see this day come, especially in *just* four years of being a Canes/hockey nut.

    I better stop...if I don't, I will not have anything left for Mr. Francis' post about this joyous time. ;)

    Well, I *will* also say this:

    WAY TO GO CANES!!!!!!!

  • At 6/20/2006 12:13 AM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Listen close ,Ronnie ,-it's the voice from Cape Breton ! YES!!!! WAY TO GO ,- what a great game ,what a great team !! I had to say something tonight ! I love Cam Ward !!! And right now I even love being the lonely Canes fan in Eastern Canada !! Hugs !! The Cdn Con.

  • At 6/20/2006 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Congratulations From Edmonton!!!!

    Enjoy the Stanley Cup!

    The Hurricanes broke a lot of hearts in Canada tonight ... but the overwhelming consensus amongst Canadian hockey fans is that the Hurricanes are a tremendous team and a very worthy champion.

    Tremendous series ... I suspect that if it were a "best of 21" that it would come down to a final "game 21"! Incredible heart by the Hurricanes to come back after games 5 and 6.

    Special congratulations to our hometown boy Cam Ward and to Doug Weight who was the heart and soul of the Oilers for so many years.

    Finally, congratulations to Hurricanes fans ... great sportsmanship throughout ... as exemplified over and over by your comments in this blog, the articles appearing in your newspapers, and especially in your tribute us with your singing of "O Canada" at the RBC Centre tonight. You have made many friends in Edmonton, Alberta and Canada.

    We look forward to seeing you next season!

    All the best from Edmonton!

  • At 6/20/2006 12:33 AM, Blogger Yanni Znaio said…

    Anonymous said [in the comments for the previous post]...

    If we win the stanley cup I will stand in a speedo on Capital Blvd with a sign that says I doubted the Hurricanes....Everyone needs to face it we are out of gas...But we had a great year!!!!!Maybe next year if we can keep the team together???????

    6/15/2006 1:10 PM

    Okay, dude. Tell me where to bring my camera.

    You can email me at first.last at

  • At 6/20/2006 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a night! I paid a relatively absurd sum of money to be in the RBC Center tonight and it would have been worth twice as much. It was sheer bliss. And a Game 7 worthy of a fabulous series between two great teams who dug deep to take it all the way to tonight.

    As to the last post from an Edmonton fan, I certainly feel the same way about those who came down from Canada for the series. From Game 1 to Game 7 they were unfailingly supportive of their team, but courteous and respectful to the opposition. It was not hard to dislike the NJ and Buffalo fans, but you guys were different. There was a lot of high-fiving and good-natured ribbing heading into the game -- and even after the final horn sounded several Oiler fans shook my hand and said how nice it was to see fans who not only supported their team, but had a lot of fun dong it. I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule, but those who made it to the RBC Center were just a class act and y'all can come to visit anytime!

    So how do you go to sleep after that?

  • At 6/20/2006 12:56 AM, Blogger 700islands said…

    "Anonymous said...
    ahha young man of the weather forecast (above). You must not know that a Hurricane can strike from the North, south, East, or West. That's why you can never underestimate it's strength and power!"

    And you were saying? That aside, I am so proud of our fans tonight (great attitude throughout the entire series) and the team, of course -already congratulated them in my 1st post-. Also, the spirit of the Oiler fans made the victory even sweeter. To that Oiler fan that was gracious enough to congratulate us, hats off to you and your team. Best wishes moving forward and hope we can dance again. Thanks for getting us through the roller coaster ride Ron... looking forward to your final blog.


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