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 WRAL.com about the 'Canes bid for the Stanley Cup.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

One More Twist

Ouch, that hurts. You always here that the 4th game is the hardest to win in a series, but I, like you, thought that they were going to do it tonight, especially when they got the PP in OT. The PP had been so effective all night, that I think everyone felt that when Edmonton took the penalty in OT, the game and the Cup were well within reach. That is why this one hurts, nobody saw it coming. Give the Oilers credit, they came on the road and played a real good game. They started off the game as good as you can with the goal in the first shift. But when the Canes, who I thought also played a good game, came back to take a 2-1 lead, I thought Edmonton was in a lot of trouble. A huge moment in this game was in the 3rd with the score tied 3-3, Ray Whitney took a pass from behind the net and had Markannen beat only to hear it ring loudly of the post. If that goes in game over. So the bottom line is the Canes did play well enough to win but didn't; the Oilers played well enough to win and did. That happens in sports. Now the Canes have to go back on the road to try and win it in Edmonton. Will it be easy, no, but then again, you don't expect something this important to come easily. I know everyone is disapointed the Canes didn't win the Cup tonight at home, especially the players, but as a player you prepare yourself for a 7 game series, and they are still in control of the series, so I believe their state of mind is still very positive. We talked early in the playoffs about this being one hec of a roller coaster ride and I'm sure that you will agree when I say this was like a corkscrew in the dark, a part of the ride you didn't see coming, but keep the faith. The building was electric tonight and it was a real pleasure for me to experience it from the seats instead of the bench, y'all were great. However, don't take it personally when I say I hope I don't get to experience it again this season

PS.-Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading the comments expressed by both Edmonton fans and Carolina fans in my previous blog. It is great to see when fans can root passionately for their own team without having to slam the opposing fans and players. As a player who always appreciated good sportsmanship, I commend all of you on yours.

124 Comments:

  • At 6/15/2006 12:48 AM, Anonymous Josh Hauser said…

    No wonder you were thier captain...

    Didn't hear the post in the 3rd from the upper section. Now I am event more upset!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Ronnie. I was there tonight, and boy that one hurt. I knew when Pasani had that breakaway, Game 6 was going to be needed. I can't believe that just happened. I'm stunned, upset, emotionally drained, and depressed. Unfortunately, I think this series will be coming back to Raleigh. Edmonton will just be too tough, and this loss is just too emotionally challenging to get over in just one game. Of course, it would be nice for the Canes to win up north, but I just have an awful feeling.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:57 AM, Anonymous kingbiscuit said…

    I left the RBC like thousands of other caniacs wondering "WHAT HAPPENED!"
    When the Oilers were forced to take a penalty, we all thought the cup was about to be ours. The next faceoff was crucial, Where was Rod???? Brindi did not take the ice in OT. Where was he?? The PP team on the ice for some reason has lost their confidence. Like they were delt a blow in the locker room. Seeing the cup in site, we thought they would step up their agression and put this one to bed. Instead, they recoiled into the defense zone and could not do anything right. Staal lost the puck and the rest was history. Positively the worst power play I have seen since the "Bad Ol Days". We all left the RBC wondering What happened. Shocked

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The canes really bollixed that game up right from the git go, starting with that 1st goal. Somebody was not in the moment and it proved costly. They'll be lucky to win game 7.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:58 AM, Blogger HurricanesAngel said…

    What a night Eric Staahl had only to be dampen by a loss. I'm confident they'll suck it up like the true champions they are and get it done in Game 6. I cried when they lost, not because they lost but because they played their hearts only to lose it in a split second. The Stanley Cup belongs to the Hurricanes and they'll bring it home.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There comes a time when players have to sit together and say "It's gut check time"..

    Folks: we're there..

    The Cup is Carolina's to lose..

    I don't think the Edmonton crowd will matter on Saturday.. It did last Saturday but not this one..

    Let's hope Dougie is fine and ready to play.. And let's hope Aaron Ward is okay too..

    One change I will make, however, is getting Vasichek out.. He's good but he is just a half-step slower than the others..

    I never played hockey but I played competitve soccer in state and national level in a different country..

    When we lost a crucial game, the coach used to focus on our strengths.. And work on that for the next game..

    Carolina will do that for Game 6... No time to panic but a controlled aggression..

    Take care of the puck in both zones.. Skate (cycle and breakaways) and finally attack the net..

    They did most of it today.. Other than the missed checks and in case of the second goal, just a lucky screen...

    'Canes in 6.. Keep this post handy.. I know you guys would understand what I am talking about after Game 6..

    Media will talk about Rexall and how Oilers are back.. That willput more pressure on them...

    Ironically, we may be in the same position as they were tonight and we're up in the series..

    Go figure!!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:03 AM, Anonymous Sharon S. said…

    Ron, you always make me feel better.

    You know the right words to say - I agree with Josh H. - no wonder Ron was the captain!

    I too, was tasting it - we were so close. I am sure that our current captain will know what to do and say to get the fire and the drive in the team to take it all the way in game 6.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:27 AM, Anonymous todd said…

    Never fear my faithful Caniacs. If you were there then you know that performance was not even close to our best...and frankly, not worthy of the Cup. Fortunately, we have rarely had 2 sub-par performances back to back in the playoffs. Our guys now truly understand what kind of effort the final step will require. They will bounce back...and you know Capt. Rod never has 2 weak games in a row. Kudos to Staal for almost singlehandedly bringing it home for us.

    Now, the Oil played a smart simple game and were pretty effective overall. But they have been inconsistent and now, imagine the pressure on them to win in Canada after unexpectedly crawling out of the coffin for one last breath.

    I believe the CANES will win and that it will not really be in doubt by the start of the 3rd period. It will be our finest hour on Saturday...just wish it could have been in Raleigh!!

    GO CANES!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:52 AM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    Ron Francis said:

    PS.-Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading the comments expressed by both Edmonton fans and Carolina fans in my previous blog. It is great to see when fans can root passionately for their own team without having to slam the opposing fans and players. As a player who always appreciated good sportsmanship, I commend all of you on yours.

    *takes a bow* :)

    At the risk of disagreeing a little with you Mr. Francis, I thought the Canes played good, but could have played better. Particularly on the front of staying out of the box...Commodore could definitely take a cue or two or three regarding that. That goalie interference penalty he did was completely unnecessary AND gave the Oil a goal.

    But enough of the negative...between what I just typed there AND my own blog, it would get quite hard to believe that I think the Canes could do it Saturday night. Really, I *do* believe they can. If the Canes can just not take nearly as many penalties, have a better defense and penalty kill, and be somewhat healthy...they can go places in E-Town.

    Speaking of being somewhat healthy, I'm praying that Wes is able to heal a little before Saturday night...he looked to be in a bit of pain leaving the ice after Game Five. Also hoping that A. Ward is not hurt too bad...my largest fear is not the Oil crowd nor the potential for the Oil's momentum to be strong, but instead the Canes' D having quite a hole if Wes and/or Wardo are absent.

    Not as worried about Weight, but hope he is ok too. That was quite a huge hit he took.

    There I go being somewhat negative again...*sighs* Well, let me quell that by saying it was great to see Staalsy have a fantastic night. I was totally pulling for him to get his first career playoff hat trick. But, two goals certainly is not shabby...Eric should give himself a pat on the shoulder for a great game. :)

     
  • At 6/15/2006 2:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Chokejob.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 4:14 AM, Blogger sharkface said…

    I watched the game on TV here in Buffalo, NY and can't believe how the game ended. However, I do have faith in the abilities of the Canes for Game 6. To see them win the Cup on the road would live in my memory for a lifetime.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 6:49 AM, Anonymous dan said…

    This game, for me, had all the makings of a turning point in the series. The game started out in Carolinas advantage because they were playing the Hurricanes game- fast, end to end action. Then in the second and especially in the third things started to slow down, the hits got more harder, and inch by inch the game was turned over to the Oiler style of play. The overtime saw the most obvious sign of that- players were worn out physically, and aggressive hitting and chasing on the powerplay led to the turnover and subsequent goal.

    In game 6 we can't be wiped off of the map, both on the scoreboard and on the physical level, because that's exactly what Edmonton has going through their minds right now.

    It's also important to note that this is the first game we scored on the PP and lost.

    I'm still massively disappointed even to this moment and probably will be up until game 6. Overall this game left a sour taste in my mouth because the game seemed over with halfway through the second and we were just prolonging the end. Let's hope that the 'Canes both get a lot of rest and the leaders say the right things!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:08 AM, Blogger nchurricane1 said…

    I thought the Canes played well but to me it didn't seem as consistantly well as the Oilers looked. At times, I thought they looked a little lethargic on the ice. I definately had the feeling last night that the Oilers wanted it more. Again, I could be all wet behind the ears on this one but just my opinion of watching the game. I haven't read or heard anything as of this point, but I hope both Ward and Weight are doing OK. Great news about last night was to see Staal coming back on his game. Just too bad he couldn't get that hat trick!!

    While still a little somber about last nights loss, I plan to be at the RBC Center on Saturday night to watch them hoist the cup in Edmonton. After all, it WILL be the only way the Oilers fans get to see it this year!!

    GO CANES!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:14 AM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Up here ,in Canada's far East ,we get 3 sports channels -and this morning I want to say nasty things to all of them !Oh,they're so wise -I could just smack them ! Yes ,your Canadian chum is cranky !That game took the good out of me -Edmonton played like there was no tomorrow (and there really shouldn't have been) -and our guys -well,I thought they played really well at times ,and other times as though the presence of the SC in the house was weighing on them .And there was no need of the 3 W's to scare the ever-lovin' out of us ,was there? Wesley,Ward and Weight !They were going down like bowling pins -that's it ,I'm going to take up bowling !! There ,I feel better now ,thanks for listening ! We still only need to win 1 ! Just do it ,OK ?? I do not want a game 7 ,I do not !I do not like hockey when it's hot -when I start sounding like Dr.Seuss ,it's time to sign off !
    And ,Ron, if you turned your ear to the north east last night at the right (or wrong!)moment -I apologize -I don't usually swear like that !! Keep the faith ,guys !Just one more ! And,pleeeeease ,do it in Edmonton -They really want to see the Cup !
    Hugs from Cape Breton!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:19 AM, Blogger Bobbert said…

    What a game, but what a disappointment! Like everyone else, I wanted to win it at home. Now, after seeing how injured some of our players really are, I'm worried about whether we can win it at all.

    I felt that the third and fourth periods were a mess, and the better team won. We looked tired and hurt. Will we be able to win again? That remains to be seen.

    I was really hoping to be celebrating The Win this morning, but now I'm worried about the whole rest of the series. I think if the Oilers take Game 6, they will take it all. Sigh.

    GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:25 AM, Blogger NC Fan said…

    Rich L says...

    The "Heart Attack kids" are at it again. This time though it was not the outcome we wanted. But you know the team pulled together and we saw the strength and resiliance of what makes a great team and the extreme dedication by those who came back even though they were hurt to try and win.

    One more and play Hurricanes Hockey...

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, the sound of the puck ringing the post without crossing the line is hard to forget. I saw the pass come to Ray and I had already put the goal down in my mental score sheet.
    Ron, I agree with your assesment of the game. I certainly needed the intermissions to walk off the tension. I find it impossible to sit during Hurricanes games. I fell to the floor when Pisani found the net on his shorthanded breakaway. You have cautioned us concerning the roller coaster effects, and I have to admit that felt like the drop that was not supposed to happen.
    The sun came up this morning and the ride is still rolling. Here are some numbers worth considering, #17 playing in his 17th season on June 17th for the Stanley Cup.
    Bring it home, Home to Carolina.
    Sammy Markov 55

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:43 AM, Blogger Rick said…

    What's that ol' sayin': Good, but no cigar! For the first time in this series, I truly felt the Canes were outplayed, virtually in all aspects of the game. And I am sorely disappointed in their determination which translates into desire for the puck. It seemed to me that the Canes were almost always a half-step too slow in getting to the pucks; they were almost lackadasical in their passing (what in the world was Stillman doing with that pitiful pass to Staal that ended the game???); they were most obviously (I ain't even gonna say I have told ya so) beat up physically, almost to the point of intimidation. Perhaps it was the pressure of the Cup? I have yet to understand two aspects of this series which perhaps you, Ron, can elucidate for me: one, why do the Canes continue game after game to take these (pardon my French) stupid "hooking" penalties? My God, the refs have made it abundantly clear they are calling any stick up and parallel to the body a hook, yet the Canes continue to head to the box on hooking! Two, why aren't the Canes more physical? Why don't they in a legal sense, of course, retaliate with some brutal hits, checks and body slams? Sure there is the occasional good hit by a Cane, but the Oilers are beating the Canes to a pulp, even double-slaming them like with Weight being completely crushed by Pronger and Torrez! Ouch! I am trying to stay positive in believing the Canes can win the Cup; however, I must admit the momentum has shifted to Edmonton.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where I thought the CANES lost the game was mid second period they went into a defensive mode instead of the full steam ahead which they have played all year.
    The last 30 minutes they played to keep from losing instead of trying to win. only 2 shots in the third period. In fact the last 30 minutes looked like the hockey that the NHL is trying to get away from instead of the new NHL like the first period.
    In every game each team takes their turn with momentum and the flow of the game ditates mo sometimes. It is harder to get big MO back on your side backing up instead of moving forward.
    We can win it in Edmonton if we fly around the rink but if we play back up on our heels game 7 is Monday.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I see a different game coming from the Canes in Game 6. They will be tougher and even more determined than ever. Our team took some serious hits this game but I think that the team leaders and coaches will rally the troops to finish this series in Edmonton. We saw the furry of a minor tropical depression in Raleigh yesterday. Image what chaos a hurricane causes. Let's play like our name guys and bring home the cup.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 8:34 AM, Blogger dave's wings said…

    Ok, here are two comments for the nay sayers this morning. 1- The next game is Game 6..not Game 7. To say they will be lucky to win a Game 7 when 6 has not been played yet...stop being a Hurricanes Fan and go find another team that has either been eliminated or did not even make the playoffs to root for. This is definetly not the time for negative. 2- "Bad ol Days"? They had 3 power play goals last night. It also took 5 games for the fact that they play 4 forwards on the power play to hurt them. I think someone needs to remind Staal that waving at a puck is no way to play hockey (not that the pass was stellar either). Everyone save the negative comments for a Game 7 loss...till then root for your team till they drop. That's the advantage of being up by a few. My Wings were down 3-2 to Colorado the year we beat CArolina for the cup. They went into Colorado and beat them by a goal, then SMOKED ROY in Game 7. THe fat lady has not sang and Ronnie's next blog should read....IT'S OVER!!!. Go Canes!!!!
    Dave H

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just hope the hurt players will be well enough to play Sat. night. A. Ward and Weight have been MAJOR contributors. I imagine Ward has lost count of the bruises he has from blocking pucks. What major guts he has for placing himself in front of the puck. I know he's hurting, but he'd never show it.

    Weight has come on so strong here during the playoffs we would definitely miss him and it would alter our lines. Let's just hope that extra day off is a good thing.

    I'm still sorely disappointed about the ending last night -- would have loved to have seen a hat trick by Mr. "I show up every night" Staal in overtime -- but we're not out -- not by a long shot.

    Let's go Canes!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Canes will lose this series. I don't think that they played well at all last night. They weren't mentally in the game. The Oilers have been the team with the most fire this series and I think that after a loss in Edmonton the Canes will fold. Injuries are hurting the Canes and they just don't seem in to it. I don't know how you can get any more motivated than a Stanley Cup Series.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:13 AM, Blogger lak said…

    Ok people what is the matter with you??? I know that was a hard blow, but we can't lose hope. I was there too last night and I wanted them to win in Raleigh just as bad as the next person, but just because they didn't clinch the cup at home doesn't mean I am ready to hang them out to dry. They have been so resilient all year and they will bouce back from this. Let's go to Edmonton and kick some butt! Have faith in your Canes! They are the better team and in the end that will be obvious! I have no doubt! DO YOU BELIEVE. Now come on!!!! No body wants this more than they do. Have faith. LETS GO CANES YOU CAN DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't claim to know the pressures of professional sports. However, I would like to know what exactly Stillman was thinking when he made that awfully slow cross ice pass to Staal, having two Oilers within two strides of the puck?! Sadly , as I watched that pass, I knew it was over.
    If the Cane's would play like they played during their 5-0 win over the Oilers, the Cup would be ours.
    I know everyone is thinking it, but no one is saying it. I'd hate to see a repeat of the Cane's run in 2002. If they keep going down the same path they are on, that is exactly where it will lead...

     
  • At 6/15/2006 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, it ain't over till we say it is over!!

    What's the status of Weight and A. Ward? I've heard but cannot find it written that Ward has a cracked rib and that Weight has a dislocated shoulder. Anybody got details?

    At any rate, I'm confident our Canes will take care of business, probably Saturday night. Lord knows our team is going to play its best, realizing the dangers of a Game 7. Keep the faith, y'all!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Like a lot of area fans, I joined the Canes bandwagon just a few weeks back. Last night's game almost makes me want to go back to rooting for ACC sports exclusively. Would hate to see series end up as a 2002 ditto disappointment... Raleigh barely qualifies as a pro city... Not sure it can stand the 'choke' label. Hope they win one of the next two but am no longer confident they will with bruised stars, loss of momentum, etc. Hope my gut is wrong.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger linda schlachter said…

    FIRST OF ALL RONNIE, THANKS FOR YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM. COME ON CANAICS WHERE IS YOUR FAITH IN YOUR TEAM. SURE THEY LOST LAST NIGHT AND I TOO WALKED AWAY STUNNED AND DISAPPOINTED. I WANTED THEM TO WIN SO BAD AT HOME. BUT THERE IS STILL EDMONTON AND I TRULY BELIEVE THE CANES CAN TAKE IT THERE!!! THEY DID NOT PLAY THE KIND OF HOCKEY I'VE SEEN THEM PLAY AND I'M SURE THE CAPTAIN AND THE COACHES GAVE THEM THEIR THOUGHTS ON THEIR PLAYS LAST NIGHT. BUT LIKE I SAID, THEY WON'T LET THIS LOSS GET THEM DOWN,CAUSE THERE IS A NEW DAY TOMORROW!! BE FAITHFUL FANS AND TRULY BELIEVE IN YOUR TEAM. THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN THIS FAR TO GIVE UP. I HOPE THAT WARD AND WEIGHT CAN BOTH COME BACK FROM THE HITS THEY TOOK. THEY ARE BOTH GREAT PLAYERS. SO SAT. NIGHT I WILL BE THERE, ONCE AGAIN ROOTING FOR MY TEAM AND I DO BELIEVE THEY CAN DO IT!!!! REST UP CANES AND SHOW EDMONTON WE AREN'T INTIMIDATED. GO CANES!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 10:51 AM, Anonymous JBCanes said…

    Ronnie, your game assessment is right on the mark as always. The Canes played well but not quite well enough to bring The Cup out onto the ice last nite. We won Game 1 on an Oiler mistake and they capitalized on ours last nite. The Canes will go to Edmonton and do Whatever It Takes to bring the prize home. This time the folks at RDU can really welcome the team home with a water-cannon salute.
    BTW- I sat across the aisle from you last nite and the Best Sportmanship Award of the evening goes to you and your children while under siege from all the photo and autograph seekers. Since Hartford, I've known you to always be polite and gracious and it appears you have passed those traits onto your children. The Francis Family is deserving of the Lady Bing trophy!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was crushed by the outcome from last nights game like most. Let's put things in prospective. The Canes are awesome. Last night's game was the most physical of the series thus far. I was still super impressed with the way both teams played. Those guys are athletes no super humans. The Stanley cup will mean so much more to the players (and fans) when the opponent gives some competition. Go CANES!!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All I can say after last night drive the Stanley Cup to Edmonton and give it to them. I am a Canes fan but last night we lost the Stanley Cup. The truth his there was no heart from our guys last night and we owe Ward a huge apology for a lazy pass that cost us the cup!!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Zman66 said…

    Hey Ronnie,

    You mention the arena being electric last night....NOT! You could have heard instructions from PL in the upper deck. Horrible loss last night! Canes are tired and banged up whether you and I would like to admit it or not. We will be really LUCKY to win game 7. Game 6 belongs to the Oilers. I am a Canes fan, but the truth hurts. Zman says, GERBER in game 6!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looking at the time all of these blog comments were posted, it's good to know I'm not the only one who didn't get to sleep last night. Man, how frustrating but I believe it in my heart that the 'Canes have something to show the world, that hockey has found a home in Raleigh whether they like or not. GO 'CANES!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:31 AM, Blogger lak said…

    Again I say, "What is wrong with all of you people?" Go back and root for ACC sports exclusively if you will. We don't need fair weather fans anyway! We got all the way through the regular season without you. Don't jump on the bandwagon now! Yes, Stillman made a bad play. He has taken responsibility for that. He doesn't deserve to be crucified for it. I believe the way it goes is, they WIN as a team and LOSE as a team. Stillman is a big reason why we are in these finals. He has played outstanding during these playoffs. It was just a bad pass. Get over it and move on like the team has to the next game. As for all of you people that think they will eventually *choke* find a new sport to watch, because you aren't a true Caniac! My prediction is they will take Edmonton in Saturdays game. GO CANES!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I give credit to all the players they played their hearts out, Cam Ward is a shinning star. He is playing like a veteran not a rookie. My hats off to him. I believe the Canes can take it in Edmonton. The will come out strong, just sorry they could not win it at home. I was sad for them. But all is not lost we are a strong team and I have full faith in them to take the cup on Saturday.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mr Francis
    You Are the TRUE AMBASSDOR to the sport of HOCKEY

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Mr. Francis, I have been a fan of the Canes, since you went there from Pittsburgh, my license plate is personalized that says "Canes10" you are the man!
    I have watched every Carolina game they have televised and last night was a heartbreaker! You should be giving them a pep talk before game 6! They will sure to win! Go Canes

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    These posts are exactly what everyone expects from band-wagoners! Last night's game was incredible and you really have to hand it to the Oilers. It was an impressive show and an amazing show of determination from Edmonton. With Lord Stanley's cup on the line, you couldn't have asked for a more heartfelt win by them. BUT, the Hurricanes are still in this and shame on you, the fans for being so wishy-washy. As so many people have criticized the Canes fans for (being the best fans when they're winning and disappearing when they're losing), you're all proving them correct. These teams have both worked their butts off, are wearing their hearts on their sleeves, played with pain, lost players, basically are living, breathing, eating hockey and all you guys can say, is "hand the Oilers the cup. We lost". Shame on you. Seriously. The Canes still played strong last night and have TWO more games to win ONE more game. Good God I have never seen such poor fan support for a team when they need the support and confidence the most.
    Honestly, I think the probability of the Canes winning the cup is still strong. I think they can do it. The Oilers could also take it though after their playing and new found shots they found last night. Regardless, please stop the boo-hoo-ing that the cup wasn't won last night on home ice. The Hurricanes have done nothing short of playing awesome hockey and yeah, it stinks for them that they couldn't pull it together and end it last night. But don't you new fans think for one minute that you won't see your team skate their hearts out in Canada and still do whatever it takes. This IS hockey. May Lord Stanley's cup belong to the best team left standing. At this point, both teams are winners in my book! Support the Canes and forget last night's loss - it's a new day!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The time to beat the Oilers has passed. Sorry folks, but this is what I'm sensing. Markanen has shown that he's not gonna crumble & the Oilers' best playoffs goal scorer, Pisani, has recovered from what ailed him since G1. More importantly, entering G6 & G7, the war of attrition which the Oilers have been waging will start to pay hugh dividends for them. And you just know that Torres will take out another guy (or more) in G6. AWard & Weight (shoulder sep?), if they even dress, will be operating at way below 100%. And I'm guessing that a few of the key Canes are hurting pretty badly. The Oilers may lack the Canes' overall skills but what they lack, they can just bulldoze their way to make up the difference. Unless the refs decide to hand the Canes 10+ PP's in both G6 (and perhaps G7), the Canes are done.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:45 AM, Blogger rmmeli said…

    The Canes choked. They didn't play like a team one game away from the Stanley Cup. When overtime started there was only one team with the energy to win it and they did even if it was on a stupid error from the Canes.
    I did not think the game was anywhere near as physical as I expected - certainly nowhere near as physical as games 3 and 4.
    However they are still ahead and the Cup is there if they want it.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:49 AM, Blogger martina said…

    I am a "newby" to hockey but have listened to commentary after all the Canes games. Since NBC has been broadcasting the finals, I have been glued to the set each night since last Saturday.

    How any hockey player can take those "body slams" against the boards, I will never know. The puck moves so fast that the players are contantly switching their edges to anticipate the next move. It is for the love of the game and the cheers of the fans feeding the "frenzy".

    Hope the players can rest up, with a three day wait as well as having to travel ~2600 miles to Edmonton, the Canes can pull it out Saturday night.

    My prayers are with the Canes and in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:51 AM, Blogger HurricanesAngel said…

    I'm disappointed the Canes didn't win but you will NEVER hear me give up on the Canes no matter what. I couldn't get out there and do what they do day in and day out. They are already winners as far as I'm concerned and the Stanley Cup will be an added bonus.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hate it that posters are calling people bandwagons because they are down on the team. A lot of those same people paid $500 for a ticket to last nights game only to see an team that played a very sloppy game. The crowd was very quiet last night, but that was dictated by the lazy play of the Canes. There was one 5 minute stretch when the Canes hit the post that the crowd was wild. That is the kind of play that gets the crowd into the game and wins championships, not what we saw for the remaining 55+ minutes last night. I saw a Canes team last night that looked just plain tired. The Canes have a better skilled team, but they are lacking the fire right now. I just don't think that they have it in them to win the cup. And no, the truth doesn't make me a bandwagon fan.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    First of all, I know we CAN do it!

    As someone who tries find a logical answer for everything, I am at a loss to understand what happened last night. The Hurricanes seemed to be sluggish and appeared as though their hearts were not in it. We let them set up that one shot over and over again. Thank God Cam was there to stop most of them. That was one game where I expected the Hurricanes to come out with both barrels blazing. What better incentive than a Stanley Cup win? I KNOW we CAN beat them. I have seen the Hurricanes do what seemed like the impossible over and over again. For the writer that says we need to drive the Stanley Cup up to Edmonton & give it to them,...if we do, please someone disengage Pronger's head away from the Refs' arse.:-) They are being taken care of royally without him tugging on his sleeve nonstop. For sure, he was a sniveling hall monitor back in his school days.
    :-)

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:08 PM, Anonymous Scotrun said…

    That was certainly a heartbreaker! After Staal had such a great game just to see it get away on a bad pass. I sat on my barstool for a good fifteen minutes on utter shock. Time to move on however! We gotta keep the faith. Out boys will come through in the end. Keep up the great work Ronnie!! You may not be on the ice but you are still our Captain!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:20 PM, Blogger Dan Robins said…

    Ron, thank you for doing a fantastic job with this blog! I was about 3rd row back when you had to pick your teeth off the ice during the NJ game. We wanted blood that night..and not yours! (That had to hurt!)

    I live in Canton, Ohio now but am still a Caniac with the car flag proudly displayed and enjoy watching the series on OLN and NBC.

    I thought last night was one of the best hockey games I've ever seen played by both teams. It had one of the lowest icing & offside calls of any game in the playoff series involving the Canes. Each team was aggressive and defensive at the same time.

    I'm hoping we win it in game 6 of course a win at home would be sweet but I really do think that Carolina is the better of the two teams.

    Keep writing...I enjoy reading your blog!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am still asking the same question as I was after the opening 16 seconds of the game..."What the H*** just happened?" I think we need to get out there and kick some A** and take names. Maybe we can get away with a few "no calls" like Edmonton seems to be getting away with game after game! Hopefully the refs will keep an eye out for that stuff!

    About the ending...What was Stillman thinking? He's been too good the entire series to make a stupid pass like that! Where was the power in that pass? Non-existent. Keep your head up though Stillman! We still have a lot of fight left in us!

    GO CANES! WHATEVER IT TAKES!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ron- as far as I know, you are the only one posting here that has played at this level. Of all of us, you personally and physically know what it takes to go through a grueling season and then the playoffs. We dream of seeing our team with the cup lifted, both the Canes and Oilers players lifelong dream has been to be on the ice and lift it.
    It is easy to be critical. I know that I have never been nailed like the these guys by a 200 lb guy flying at full speed. I know I can't skate as fast backwards as forwards, turn on a dime or stick handle a puck or make precision passes and I know in my job I make mistakes. These guys do too. I just don't have 25,000 fans in the building and several hundred thousand watching on TV when I make those mistakes. There are days when I "play" better than others. We should expect this out of the Canes as well.
    Like most others I wish the Canes could have swept it in 4 games, but the games 1,3,4, and 5 have been close and when you are at this level, that is what you expect. I was disappointed with last night, but like you said that is the nature of the sport and what sets hockey apart from every other sport and makes it the great game it is. You can play well enough to win, but not, and team team that played the best doesn't always win.
    I have no doubt that the Canes will give it their all and play injured, hurt, bruised or bleeding if necessary and leave everything on the ice, just like the Oilers. They are professionals and I would expect no less. After all they are not playing for a trophy. They are playing to make a dream come true and who knows if they will ever get this chance again. If they win they are heros, if they lose they are still heros, because they are doing something I can only dream about being talented enough to do.
    Thanks for giving us your persepective, and being the role model of sportmanship and professionalism that you are.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Christian said…

    As much as I wanted it to be wrapped up last night, it'll be nice to watch the 'Canes finish this in Edmonton.

    Thanks for the great blog, Ron!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think that true bandwagon fans do is never give credit to the other team. Edmonton has the last 2 games adjusted to try to be physical with the CANES. It work once and last night a lapse by the canes gave the game away.
    Quit acting like Edmonton has won the last 2 5-0 and 4-1.
    If Edmonton has beat up the CANES so bad then why did it take to overtime before Edmonton won?

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:02 PM, Blogger canesguy said…

    I felt so sick last night I couldn't even bring myself to look at this blog. Never did I dream the game would end that way. Once we went into the 3rd period tied I truly believed that the Canes would pour it on and win going away. Whitney's shot off the post hurt bad, but the Oiler's had one of those also.
    The thing that I can't understand most of all is the way the Canes played in overtime. The Oilers came out in very agressive fashion and almost scored the way they did to start the game, we were very passive and then our "power play" was a disaster from the beginning to (most of all) the end.
    I very, very seldom disagree with Ron but overall I don't think the Canes played well at all. Moments were fine, but in general I think we were flat outplayed.
    Does this mean we are going to lose the Cup? Of course not! We have consistently bounced back after a poor performance with a much better one. Last night all the commentators picked the Canes to win. Saturday night they will all be picking the Oilers, but they will be wrong again. Canes in 6! GO CANES!
    P.S. For God's sake don't show any pictures of champagne being carted into our dressing room in Edmonton.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    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???????

     
  • At 6/15/2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Canes need to remember MacTavish's words about being happy to spoil the party in Raleigh last night - then spoil their "we're still in it" party on Saturday.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was at the game and it did hurt, still does... but the team is positive about their prospects for winning the cup, why shouldn't we as "caniacs" believe too? Stand behind the team! Some positive energy would be appreciated by those of us suffering from the "caniac fever" sickness we are experiencing today...

    Just so you know I am a Southern hockey girl from way back in the Greensboro Generals days...what a Southern girl who loves and grew up with hockey? Oh the shock of it!

    Thanks Ron this is where I come to find great words of wisdom from you.

    GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hate to be one of bad sportsmanship, but Smyth needs to be arrested for damage to public property! How dare he dig up our ice and then claim, he thought it wasn't deep and could trip someone up! BULL..... He has always been a below the belt player and this just proves how much below he really is! C'mon CANES prove to CANADA, the SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 2:48 PM, Anonymous Sharon S. said…

    true fans, and you know who you are, stick with the boys till the end. Yes, it breaks our hearts when they lose, but - as a true fan, you stick with them no matter what.

    Negativity is poison. Reality is sobering. But Faith is infectious.

    Keep the faith - and bring Lord Stanley's Cup home, boys!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Will someone kindly ask our beloved Greg Fishel not to wear his Hurricanes lapel pin on air this Saturday? We love Greg like a brother and acknowledge his team support but that dog gone pin seems to jinx the team! Twice he wore it on air and we lost both games that followed. Please, Greg, lose the pin until we hoist the Cup!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am not counting the Canes out of the Series yet! You would be a fool to do that! The Canes are very much still alive in the series. Yes, last nights game was a disappointing loss. But there are still 2 games left. I am placing bets the Canes will take Game 6 and the Cup on Saturday. I wish I could be there in Edmonton. I will be watching from home though.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Ron, You are absolutely right about the 4th game being the hardest to win. I really thought the 'canes would win it. I really believe the 'canes will be able to focus their energy for Saturday's game in Edmonton. Alot of people think that the Oiler's now have the momentum, but remember that the 'Canes have the series lead and have won on Oiler's ice. Cam has been outstanding on Oilers ice, so I have no reason to believe that he won't be on Saturday.

    I look forward to another exciting game on saturday with it going the 'Canes way this time.

    Bring the cup home to Raleigh!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 3:57 PM, Blogger Bobbert said…

    All right, I have seen the error of my ways. This is no time for depression and gloom and doom. (This morning was, but this afternoon isn't.) We are still in it, we are still the better team, and we will prove it Saturday. May the Hockey Gods forgive me for my earlier transgressions. GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 4:09 PM, Blogger Lacie Underalls said…

    Well Ronald, That reminded me of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song; "Give it away, Give it away, Give it away now"! Apparently, the Oilers didn't believe it was over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor either. Can they beat the Canes 3 straight? Methinks not. By the way, please disregard ANY comments from anyone who includes "I never played hockey, but I did play competitive soccer". That's like me saying "I never played hockey but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night". Stay off the keyboard with that action. Peace out.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 4:18 PM, Blogger lak said…

    Well said "Sharon S". Remember we live by the slogan "WHATEVER IT TAKES" and I certainly don't think the Canes are going to roll over and play dead. Those of you who think that are fools. As for Mr. anonymous who said they would wear a Seedo on Capital Blvd. if we win the cup .... good thing we don't know who you are. As for arresting Smyth for messing up our ice, I couldn't agree more. He needs to be punished for his unsportsman like actions. That just shows what kind of character he has. He is certainly not in the same class as our guys! They are class acts from the coach on down. I would put my money on the Canes bringing home the cup on Saturday!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well the Candies are building their legacy...The 2nd team in 27 years to lose the Cup after being up 3-1. I wonder what next year will be like after letting the big one get away.....Trade city I expect. Stahl will be so ready to leave you wont even know he ever played in Raleigh. The rest of the guys will just hate the team after this. Next season will have about as much effort as the season after the cup run 2001.
    I figured this would happen all along. No defense and rookie in the net.
    It was a nice dream....Oh well we can still have a parade in the mud around the RBC...HHHHHHHHHHhhhhahahahh!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 5:44 PM, Anonymous Ginger J said…

    All I can say is I hope Carolina learned a very valuable lesson during the OT PP shorthanded goal that Edmonton scored. Ron, to you, I have really enjoyed your blog's after the game as reading your prospective has been great. I think that the Canes need to put you back on their payroll in the public relations department. I also wish that something could be worked out with Tripp and John to cover the games as I have been missing their coverage of the games. I personally knew at the beginning of the game when NBC was interviewing Commadore and Ray Whitney did not get into the camera that it was going to be a long night. Please let Ray know not to forget to get in there as in those games where he has been in the camera shot, the Canes have done a splendid job! It also made me nervous when they showed them taking the cup out... They need to not show that until the game is over... Go Canes!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    first i'd like to say that i <3 reading ur blog after every game and deffff miss seeing you on the ice!

    i dont think that the oilers outplayed them this game, but losing ward in the 2nd seemed to take a toll on the way they played! then once weight was gone all the lines being switched caused a little panic on the ice from where i saw it. and all those long shifts were wearing the guys out!! i also think they got back too late to reboost morale && enable themselves to bring home the cup tonight, and no one ever plans on breakaways during PP's..but saturday's another day and we're still up in the series! LETS GO CANES...whatever it takes

    "you have no right to something that was meant for the Carolina Hurricanes
    so if you push us, we will push back
    if you knock us down we will get back up && you will face the wrath of hell
    confucius once said "when anger arises, think of the consequences"
    so dont make us angry, 'cause you wont like it when we're angry
    this is our Stanley Cup"

     
  • At 6/15/2006 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am a huge Canes fan but last night Edmonton just looked sharper with their passing and seemed more agressive overall. I think we played well until the third period. All of theose hits from Torres and others seemed to have taken their toll on us. Maybe our own success on the powerplay lulled us into thinking we had it wrapped up a little too early. One mental breakdown can do you in and did. BUT! We can still do it in Game 6 if we learned anything from last night! GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hate to say this but any team that relies on commodore playing 23 minutes is in trouble. our d is getting decimated. edm is just too physical and is really starting to take over, especially at even strength. the shots in the 3rd was 5-2 edm. then in the first 3:30 of OT it is 7-0. ouch! we are getting worn down and hurting almost as bad as buf was in the last series. this is not good...

     
  • At 6/15/2006 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ONLY TRUE (!) CANES FANS NEED APPLY!!! Fairweather fans need to find another blog for their complaining.

    THESE ARE AMAZING MEN! They are men we've followed for years ... and a few for the season. They are men we've gotten to know and respect! THEY ARE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS.

    THEY ARE WARRIORS ... THEY ARE OUR (!) WARRIORS!!! So they didn't take the Cup exactly when WE wanted them to. They are still up and THEY WILL PREVAIL! AND WE, THEIR TRUE FANS WILL FOREVER BE LOYAL TO OUR CANES!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 7:32 PM, Blogger chris said…

    Boy you can really tell the bandwagoners from the true caniac fans in this blog!b'wagoners already giving up,all negative,calling them chokers for losing in overtime?? Good thing the players don't quit as easily as the fairweather fans! Go Canes from Canada.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Has anyone else become so consumed with this whole thing? (I know the answer) I went to a small university where sports was not a major factor...I have never experienced anything under my skin like this until now. I am totally consumed...I guess you can say "it's in my blood"...friends page me with text messages about "feeling my pain", co-workers come by my cube to see how I am, knowing I am either on top of the world or laying low. They also respect me when I need time to read comments and blogs...WOW! I dream "Let's go Canes" What is this fever? As a nurse, I often ask the physicians I work with for a cure...wait do I want a cure? NO!! I love "caniac fever" and am so proud to say it has me heart and soul...to the guys...make us proud and know the caniac nation is behind you 110% no matter what...LET'S GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 8:55 PM, Blogger linda schlachter said…

    hey ronnie, it makes me so mad that these so called fans have given up on their team. they have proved over and over again, they are an awesome team. if you can't pull for your team to the bitter end,then you weren't a true fan at all. no matter how disappointed i was last night and yes, even this morning it took me awhile to get going. but they are in my heart,my prayers and my thoughts. i wiil never give up on them, win or lose. but i think when they go to edmonton, they'll show the oilers and their fans, and the coach that the fans who love them are still behind them. faith in the next day is what gets you thru these bad days. i believe with my heart and my mind, they will take this cup!! whatever it takes" that's what they believe. so the naysayers,should just stay home and watch a ballgame!! go canes!! we love you!!!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:15 PM, Blogger Tarheelhombre said…

    Great analysis Ron. I am a Washington Capital fans who lives in DC, but am also a Canes fan. Last year, really left me depressed. I am hoping the Canes seal the deal in Edmonton.

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Busy blog you got goin' today ,eh,Ron?
    First ,thank y'all for sending the wind and rain up the coast ! Really appreciate it ! And for goodness sake,people,lay off the guys ! They lost in overtime -not by a 5-0 blow-out ! And leave Stillman alone -a lot of smart money would have been on him scoring the OT goal for the Canes !Twas not to be -but we're still up 1 game.Twenty-eight other teams would love to be in our shoes !See ,now you've got the Cape Bretoner riled up ! Stand behind these guys -they're a great mix of young legs and wisdom that comes with years,of talent and grit ,2 great goalies -and they have me as a fan ! What else do you want ? So not one more doomsday word unless you can do better.(and you have to prove it) Remember MacTavish said last night the pressure was all on the Canes -their fans ,their families !Well,guess what ? We're going to Edmonton -and now the pressure's all on them -their fans ,their families and 28 million (minus 1-that's me)rabid Canadian hockey fans ! Now ,boys and girls -that's pressure !!
    Now ,my boys ,put it to them on Saturday !! Remember the little train -I think I can !I think I can!I know I can !
    There ,I've done my rant ! The sun will shine tomorrow ! Caniacs,you've got a great team -1 game to go !They need your cheers louder and more heartfelt than ever ! Go,Canes !!
    Hugs and Good-night from the Cdn Con ! til next time !

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Guys, guys, guys, RELAX! As Ronnie said, this is what happens in sports and it is why you play the games. Now you know how Oiler's fans felt after G1. This is just the Hockey Gods evening things out a bit -- and kudos to Edmonton for playing the game they had to play last night.

    Take comfort in the fact that the team will take the ice in Edmonton pissed off and a little embarrassed, but most of all FOCUSED. Have you noticed how they have played after a loss since the first two games vs. Montreal?

    Of course, what will happen will happen, but I think we're gonna be OK on Saturday night!

     
  • At 6/15/2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wanted to add just a little personal perspective on things...

    First and foremost: 28 other arenas are now dark, their teams disbanded, their ice melted, their fans moved on for the summer. I, for one, savor every moment of this story whose ending is yet unwritten.

    Four years ago we were elated just to have the Canes make the playoffs. We lost 4-1 to Detroit, but that didn't matter, it was a banner year and the Fayetteville St post-series party is still in my memory.

    This year, we're not only in the finals but last night was the first time ever that the Cup could have been awarded in Raleigh. That's history, folks. Just that possibility gives the game a special edge that not even Buffalo game 7 could match.

    Speaking of, let's not forget Buffalo. Or Montreal. Our Canes can do amazing things when they decide to, and I don't doubt we can close this one out too. We still have two more opportunities to do so.

    Yes, we have injuries. But how did we react when Erik was knocked out? Or when Cam, an unknown at the time, came in to replace Marty? Did we write them off? Did Edmonton give up when Roloson was taken out? Well folks, it's mid-June and we're still playing hockey, and that's what it's all about.

    Regardless of how this ends, they earned my respect three series' ago ... heck they earned it months ago by dominating the league through most of the regular season. I, for one am damn proud of our Canes this year.


    Now, let's bring that Cup home from Edmonton! Woooo! RDU Park & Ride 2 won't be nearly big enough to hold us all when you return!

    GO CANES!!!!!

    YEG-2-RDU

     
  • At 6/15/2006 10:13 PM, Blogger Yanni Znaio said…

    Anonymous said...

    If we win the stanley cup I will stand in a speedo on Capital Blvd with a sign that says I doubted the Hurricanes....

    Capital Boulevard at where?

    You name the date, I'll take pictures and send you a copy.

    After all this coin business, I the Oilers will overreach and the Canes will put it away on Saturday.

    After all, the best revenge would be to let those assembled at Rexall Place see the Cup get a victory lap...in the hands of Ron Brind'Amour.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for the great blog, Ron. It was a great game, and I agree with you that both teams played well enough to win but only one team could. I wish it had been OUR team, though...

    Am I the only one who thinks that Eric Staal was off his game all night? Real hockey fans [and, of course, the guy who led a much less well-balanced 'Canes squad to the Cup finals a few years back] can look past the two goals that were more persistence than skill and see that he was off his game. I don't know, but I think he was trying too hard to be great and kept screwing up the fundamentals. His passes were off, he didn't receive passes well all night, he was offsides or slow with a dump that resulted in offsides several times...

    Great players have off games, and I think Staal did. I'm going to agree with the poster above who said "Canes in six", since each time Staal has had a bad game this season, he's responded with a really good game.

    [I posted these thoughts in Yi-Wyn Wen's blog, from SI.com, and some turkey flamed me for daring to criticize. Here's hoping those of us reading this blog are real, rational fans.]

     
  • At 6/16/2006 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yanni Znaio,

    I agree - the best revenge would be to see Roddy parade the Cup around Rexall Place. Not so much revenge against Edmonton fans (who for the most part, have been great) but to get revenge on the players, who I feel haven't shown such great sportmanship lately. Between Shawn Horcoff's compliants of Roddy cheating on the faceoffs, and Ryan Smyth's totally disrespectful act of digging the $1 coin out of center ice, I don't know which player I've lost more respect for.
    Speaking of Smyth digging the coin out, I really think the NHL should fine him or take some sort of disciplinary act against him. What he did was not only disrespectful to the team, it's fans and the RBC Center employees, he damaged property that was NOT his.
    I also wanted to say... I cannot believe some of the negative comments I've read on this blog from some of the so-called "Caniacs." Why are you giving up so easily? The Canes have ONE more game to win to hoist the Cup, the Oilers have to win two. Am I sure that the Canes will win it? NO. Anything can happen in the Stanley Cup finals. Do I believe they can? HELL YEAH! Do I think they will? Yes, I still do. I have from the start. But I knew it wouldn't be easy. Nothing good ever comes easy, plus Edmonton is not the type of team that lays down and lets the other team roll over them either. No, game 5 was not the Canes greatest game. It was very disappointing that they could not win the ultimate prize on home ice. They still could I guess, but I'd rather see them win it in Edmonton than having to endure the torture of a Game 7. And I know the team is getting pretty beat up, but that's not enough to make me count them out. At this point in the playoffs, what team isn't banged up? There are probably players on Edmonton injured as well that are playing through pain. I've seen it done before - players having their ankles, knees, shoulders, etc frozen and going out there and playing "just one more game", playing until they literally cannot play anymore.
    I'm just not ready to count the Canes out yet, despite the loss, the injuries, and the momentum shift. I never count one of my teams out until I am pretty much forced to. Hey, I've been a Toronto Maple Leafs fan most of my life as well - that should tell you that I never count a team out! LOL The Canes have been counted out before in these playoffs (remember game 1 and 2 against Montreal?) and the true fans kept believing. I remember a co-worker of mine saying they had "lost" that series one day after the game 2 OT loss. I told her that they hadn't lost yet, and that they would come back and win it. I was right, as I'm sure many of you other TRUE Caniacs were as well. I BELIEVE in this team with all my heart, and I KNOW they have what it takes to win. For those of you who don't think so and have already given up, you may want to start cheering on another team, or choose another sport.
    Oh, not that he'll read this, but I think it should be said anyway - Stillman, we still love you despite the turnover in OT! Everybody makes mistakes, and that one doesn't undo all the great things you've done in this post-season.

    GO CANES!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 8:34 AM, Blogger Wildervb said…

    Amazing how after one close loss, a game that could easily have gone either way that so many fans have already given up on the Canes.

    You remind me of the fans who were leaving the RBC center in game 2 against the devils when they scored with 20 seconds left, only to run back to your seats after the Canes tied the score with three second left!

    If this playoff season should teach you anything, it should teach you that momentum means nothing in these series, teams look great one day, then horrible the next.

    I'm looking forward to a victory in game 6. If Ward is injured, sit him out. I've been waiting for Babchuk to appear the entire playoffs!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For a person who went to almost all the early games in Greensboro, you know, when the 'Canes still weren't matching the gate receipts of the Greensboro Generals, this is just too much to take...

    First off, THANK YOU, "Wildervb" for reminding us all of that embarrassing little fact from the Devils series. I, too, was at that game and I could not believe what I was seeing as fans streamed to the exits after NJ scored with 20 seconds left. I was appalled to hear that the arena actually let many back in to see OT in that game. From many among you this sounds like the same thing, doesn't it?

    And when we win the Stanley Cup I want to know where to go on Capital Boulevard so I can throw rotten tomatoes at some idiot sitting in his (or her) underwear.

    Hey, let's up the ante -- I'll bring stuff for everybody to throw at the weak-hearted naysayer! Since Raleigh refuses to host a parade what better victory party can there be than that?

    GO 'CANES (& keep the faith, all you true fans!)

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger dave's wings said…

    Ronnie,

    Please inform the nay sayers that the Canes lead 3 game to 2. Please inform the nay sayers that the time to get jitters is for a game 7. Please inform the nay sayers to stop nay saying and either get back on the bandwagon or root for their team as they should. A 4-3 loss in OT is not the world collapse. Anyone who is bashing here is either: messing with people or not a true fan. Get with it. I'm not even a memeber of Caniac Nation and here I am keeping all support for the team. I supported my Wings till the last seconds of their early exit. Why are you nay saying a team that has made it to the finals and now has 2 chances to make history. RONNIE!!! PLEASE HELP THESE LOST SOULS!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! GO CANES!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Everyone take 2 seconds to take a breath. this is nothing unusual for me as I'm an NC State fan. So close, yet so far away.

    Well, at times like these I recall the words of one of my childhood heroes. Those words are simple:

    "DON'T GIVE UP! DON'T EVER GIVE UP!"

    That should be our mindset. We are still up 3-2, and maybe, just maybe, there might be a little less pressure on the guys to win the game now that they're on the road and not in front of the home crowd. Crazy I know, but could be valid.

    Ron - thank you for your insite and prospective. You are still a part of this team, and forever will be. It's great to see your #10 up in the rafters alongside David Thompson and several other greats.

    I leave you with one final quote, this from a little green guy made famous by Frank Oz:

    "Do, or do not. There is no try." Thank you Yoda.

    LET'S TAKE THIS THING, AND THEN GIVE EVERYONE ON EDMONTON A SILVER DOLLAR!

    GO CANES!!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A few days ago I couldn't drive around Raleigh without seeing dozens of Canes flags flying in car windows.

    This morning I saw three flags. Just three.

    Pathetic, people....

     
  • At 6/16/2006 12:53 PM, Blogger linda schlachter said…

    hey ron, if these unblievers would focus on the fact that we have an excellemt team and alot of people know that. that's why the oilers are playing to try and take our guys out. they as much as said that. we have fans all over the usa,and some even in canada. that should make us proud that our guys have got us this far. what is it the guys say"whatever it takes". i firmly believe that with all my heart. like ron said it isn't over til the fat lady sings. even though they are battered and bruised, they will fight til the bitter end. we need to let the guys know we love them and that they are in our thoughts and prayers and most of all that we BELIEVE!!! SO TONIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED I SUGGEST TO ALL THE TRUE FANS,TO SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR ALL THESE GUYS. THEY HAVE PLAYED REALLY HARD TO GET WHERE THEY ARE. THEY WON'T LET IT SLIDE WHAT SMYTH DID TO OUR ICE AND THE NEGITATIVE REMARKS FROM THEIR COACH, SO LET'S GO CANES!!! WE'RE BEHIND TOU ALL THE WAY TO THE STANLEY CUP! WE LOVE YOU GUYS.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Definition of irony:

    It is great to see when fans can root passionately for their own team without having to slam the opposing fans and players.

    We're stopping slamming the opposition and instead starting slamming ourselves. Buffalo must be laughing their guts out today.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To the anonymous fan complaining about spending $500 to watch what you call "a sloppy game" - welcome to the club of fans who spend that same amount of money (if not more) to watch and support the Canes no matter win OR lose. Those of us who really love the game and support this Hurricanes team through thick and thin (what a FAN does for their team), take the good with the bad.

    It is really sad to see so many Canes fans doubting, and voicing disappointment in the players, especially given the fact that the Canes are ONE WIN away from Lord Stanley's Cup!!!
    The attitudes from these pessimistic fan(s), selfishly seem to be more upset with NOT seeing the cup won Wednesday night, (i.e. your own self gratification from the media attention surrounding a Stanley cup win), than actually being proud to be part of this piece of history and what THESE PLAYERS have done and accomplished!

    You sour-pusses need to find another team to cheer for, because the Hurricanes players are above that pettiness and need only be surrounded by positive fans with positive energy.

    No NHL team has all perfect games. It takes losses and hardship to prevail. These players are athletes, and human. People (especially athletes) make mistakes, and they learn from them. They fight harder when push comes to shove.
    You bandwagon fans that can't seem to grasp the concept of the best of seven series, need not bother to post a blog. No one wants the negative remarks posted to a Ron Francis blog.

    Good luck to the Canes! I have no doubt that they will succeed in the end. As one fan posted: "they still have TWO games to win ONE game"!
    As any athlete knows, it's not over 'till the trophy is in hand (home or away team).
    Do I think the Oilers will give them a run? Absolutley. Neither of these teams want to lose when the dream of hoisting the cup is that close.

    But, I believe the Canes and Coach Laviolette have what it takes. And as far as I'm concerned, there is nothing that they need to prove to anyone. They are champions, and nothing short of that.
    Go for it guys! You deserve it all!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OK...I am the person who posted the speedo comment. I want to say I have and will always be a Caniac fan. I felt bad for Ward and now it is over. Our team deserves the "CUP". All I want to see is our guys come out with the fury like it is game seven win the cup and get back home and let the party begin.

    Go Canes!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sharon S. said:

    "Negativity is poison. Reality is sobering. But Faith is infectious."

    Well said. It ain't over til it's over, and it ain't over yet....

    Keep the Faith! Go Canes!!!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger glenn said…

    Keep the faith Canes fans! The season ends Saturday night!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:41 PM, Blogger EmmaHe said…

    Wow, I just do not know where to start. I had to wait a few days to post since I am trying to sort out my feelings about the game. My husband and I have been long time season ticket holders, and even though I have forked out gazillions in babysitting, food, tickets and parking, there is now way I'm going to get despondant and give up on the Canes now. I can't imagine how the team is feeling. If I am just a fan and feel this wrecked, I can't imagine how the guys feel. Also, I have never played a sport to this level of competition, so I can't imagine that they won't be playing with everything they've got on Saturday. There is no way that they are going to let the crowd in Edmonton affect them when they want the cup even more than we do as their fans. I am looking forward to an amazing game and also to seeing someone standing on Capitol Blvd in their skivvies. I must say though that as much as I wanted to see the cup presented at the RBC, could the guys just please take it in Edmonton?? I can't take anymore nailbiters, nor do I want to have to shell out the cash for my babysitter again!! These ot games are killing me!! My babysitter is going to be able to afford an education at Duke soon!

    Thanks Ron, your comments on this blog along with your gracious behavior at the game on Weds (we too, were sitting near you) have made you a true champion and dear ambassador of the game!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This Carolina team has shown time and time again that they'll do whatever it takes and I believe that they have what it takes to win it all. The Hurricanes are winners already.
    I've watched this team come from behind and win, I've watched 'em fight as hard as they could until the end, even if it still showed a loss under their scoreboard heading. Thru this very long NHL season, they have continued to believe and the coaching staff has continued to find the right combinations on the ice. This is a great hockey club.
    I'll admit that I'm not the ultimate Hurricanes fan, but I do admire them and they are total winners in my book. Because of my roots, I'm first a NJ Devils fan. Living here now, I have watched this Hurricanes team transform and prove many, many hockey spectators wrong.
    As a hockey fan, who couldn't admire this team?
    There was no contempt felt when they beat the Devils. The Hurricanes earned it, and we NJ fans had no doubt about that.
    Hockey lovers alike respect those who persevere under constant scrutiny and one-sided media opinions. It's hard to be the new kid on the block, and I can only imagine the obstacles of growing a Southern market. But, I see nothing but a strong hockey club represented by some of the best on the Hurricanes team.
    I'm taken aback at some of the comments made in these posts. This is not going to be a "trade city" next year. Quite to the contrary, it's only going to get better for this franchise (I think). I see them winning the cup in the end of this series.
    I was impressed with Edmonton in game 5, but I've also seen that the Hurricanes never quit. They don't give up. If you Canes fans would remind yourselves, the scoreboard was 4-3 not 5-0 or something that disputed Carolina's hard work.
    They had a bad game. It's over and you can bet that Laviolette and his bunch are more focused than ever on tomorrow's game.
    I've seen more class from these players at a time when people want to kick them when they're down.
    Hockey takes blood, sweat, tears, and a whole lot of resilience to the nastiness that can be present at the end of competition.
    This team and it's coach remind me of Herb Brooks and the "miracle" in Lake Placid. The Hurricanes will "play their game" and they will do whatever it takes.
    Good luck to the Hurricanes! These players deserve Lord Stanley's Cup!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    as soon as stillmans pass was stolen i looked away and waited for the moans of the fans around me. that definetely hurt.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If anyone has the ability to look at a recording of Stillmans pass that was intercepted by Pisani, you will note the circumstances the pass was made under. He was stick checked just as he released the pass. I would bet that most people making groaning sounds about the pass would have a hard time making that pass if they had all of the time in the world. The turnover was forced by Oiler's players who had not given up, even when they had a man in the box.
    As people have pointed out, the Hurricanes surely did not give up when the devils had us by a goal with 20 seconds to go. This is the stuff that makes good NHL Hockey so addicting.

    Well said Wildervb, bring on the big Russian! I saw Babchuck deliver some mighty fine hits this spring.
    I hate to break it to the Oilers but they are in for a big surprise on Saturday if they think home ice will be a skate in the park. It will be a tough pill to swallow to watch the Team from North Carolina, skate around with the Stanley Cup, all over the lucky looney burried in their home ice.
    But at least they have their Silver Dollar as a token of achievement.

    Here are Two Jimmy Buffett songs they can turn to in thier time of sorrow. "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season" and "Volcano".

    Sammy Markov 55

     
  • At 6/16/2006 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm a fan that goes back to the Hartford days..I think we will end up loosing because thats what we do. They lost the last few games of the season that could have put them the eastern champs. When it all comes down to it, Carolina canot win the games that they need to..I hate to say it but thats the way it's gonna happen

     
  • At 6/16/2006 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i HATE TO SAY IT BUT ITS ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING. aS USUAL THE OVER ACHIEVERS WILL COME UP SHORT AT THE END JUST LIKE TRYING TO CLINCH AT THE END OF THE SEASON..

     
  • At 6/16/2006 3:14 PM, Blogger Denise said…

    Hi Ron!
    Have really enjoyed your comments about the Hurricanes. With yourself having once been a player with them, you have nailed on the head everything that this fine team has gone through. Wednesday nights game was not a let down in my opinion, because the Canes have already proven they can win on the road....and by beating the Oilers in their arena, and on the road...that would be poetic justice in my eyes! I can't wait to watch the game on Saturday night. Go Hurricanes!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Ron!
    You have must great blogs! I have enjoyed reading these and getting insights on what the Hurricanes will have to do in order to stay focused on winning the Stanley Cup! While it would have been nice to win the Cup in NC, the Hurricanes have proven that they can win on the road. So, here's to looking forward to Saturday night and watching the Hurricanes capture the Stanley Cup! And Ron I think you deserve more air time too....just grab the mic from those WRAL sports guys and just take over! (smile)

     
  • At 6/16/2006 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just hope for the sake of their own sanity, that nobody from the team has read these posts.

    I guess the sterotype of several college teams are now coming over to the Canes.

    That sterotype being "we love 'em when they win, and hate 'em when they lose".

    Not me - I pull for my teams through all the ups and downs! Go Pack and GO CANES!!! Let's GIT-R-DUN!!!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I feel Cdn Con's pain .. I have never been so riled up as I am by today's posts.

    To the "Hartford days" fan, may I remind you of Montreal game 3, NJ game 5, Buffalo games 2 and 7, and especially Edmonton game 1? Any of those seem like "must clinch" games to you?

    I just did some research. Except for the first two games against Montreal, has anyone noticed that we have not lost two games in a row since? (and I pray I didn't just jinx us by saying so!) Someone posted earlier that we know how to rebound from a loss, and the stats back that up.

    Finally to Sammy Markov's comment about Stillman being stick-checked ... THANK YOU! It took me 5 replays before I saw it, but that's definitely what happened. Good catch.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous namflashback said…

    As an Edmonton fan, I was obviously happy with the end result of G5 -- but I feel for you, I really do. Somebody here commented that if the cup had to be won by any team other than Edmonton, it had BETTER go to a community that really CARES about it. You Caniacs definitely qualify. Your emotions are going through the rollercoaster that Edmonton fans have gone through for pretty much an entire season.

    And with both teams playoff runs, that rollercoaster has been so exhilarating because when your (or our) team has been at their best -- it looks like they could beat ANYBODY. When you don't see them at their best, you shake your fists and scream because you know they are capable of so much more. Its heady stuff.

    Hockey is a game of ebbs and flows of energy and momentum, and when one team imposes its play, it can really make the other team look bad. The 3rd period of G4 and OT of couldn't have made the two teams look more like the opposite of how they are able to play.

    At the end of the day, both these teams got here by force of will, turn of skill, karmic luck (or at least goal posts), and overcoming adversity.

    There were many years over the past 10 NHL seasons where I didn't think the Finals were being contested by two such deserving teams. The 03-04 Tbay,Calgary series and this one are the 2 out of 10 that are the exception.

    G1, G3, G4, and G5 all could have gone either way.

    Bottom line, this is GREAT hockey. Thank you Canes, Thank you Oilers.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    namflashback I REALLY enjoyed your post. You so accurately described the nature of hockey and the emotions of those people who love their teams. Very well stated and thank you so much for taking the time to post. Some of us really needed to hear this.

     
  • At 6/16/2006 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh no, weighter is out.

    i feel dread...

     
  • At 6/16/2006 6:53 PM, Blogger Ron said…

    "Anonymous said...

    A few days ago I couldn't drive around Raleigh without seeing dozens of Canes flags flying in car windows.

    This morning I saw three flags. Just three."

    Does that include the one NOT flying from your car?

    Have a nice day and GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    how is it positivly possible that the RBC center was jam packed with support during game 5, but all the negitivity remains here in ronnie's blog?!? have you lost all faith? and you call yourselves caniacs!! in case you havent noticed we're up...3-2, thats pretty damn good for a team that has yet to win a stanley cup! we WILL bring home the cup, and it WILL happen on saturday!! this is OUR stanley cup

    so keep those flags wavin
    keep cheering on our boys
    and for all those debbie downers out there that hopped on the bandwagon then said "oh well they didnt win when everyone wanted them too so i guess they still stink" find another team to trash...these are the carolina hurricanes and they'll do WHATEVER IT TAKES, you can bet on that! some people may call game 5 an embaressment, they dont know what it'd be like to lose the stanley cup on home ice...but our boys are ready to make edmonton go from white to RED when we kick some oiler ass tomorrow!

    LETS GOOO CANESS

    ~a TRUE caniac

     
  • At 6/16/2006 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey people stop turning on one another.:-) Have you ever considered the possibility that the people posting all the negativity are NOT disgruntled Canes fans, but are creative (but sad)people who are trying to instigate, jerk your chain, pour salt in the wound, etc. and then sitting back enjoying it? Don't indulge them. By the way, I've seen just as many flags flying after the last game as before. NO fans I know are any less passionate. GO CANES! YOU CAN DO IT!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    El captain....shock...depressed...exhausted....I felt I had played the game. I hope they can put this behind and go on and go for it BIG.. What to do without Weight and possibly Ward.... Think you could fill in.......??? love those Canes

     
  • At 6/16/2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good lord, people, so Weight may be out for G6 -- not what we wanted to happen, but certainly no reason to reach for the white flag. Unless I missed something, I think Edmonton has been playing without the guy who single-handedly got them into the playoffs and through the first two series, right? And I would venture to say that a star goaltender is far more valuable to a team overall.

    This just means the other guys have to come together as a team, buckle down and play the way they are capable of -- and they will. Just as Edmonton has done...

    BTW, great post from our friend from Edmonton -- and I could not agree more. The team that wins the Cup this season will be truly deserving -- I just hope it is us and I hope it is tomorrow night.

    C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, LET'S GO ... (you all know the rest...)

     
  • At 6/16/2006 10:32 PM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    Wow...I was impressed by the record number of responses this post had received thus far. That is, until I finally read a nice chunk of them.

    I don't know what/who is burning my grits more: Those of you who are absolutely down on the Canes like you are/were, or especially those of you who feel like not enough "true hockey fans" are reading and/or responding to Mr. Francis' blog. No, I'm certainly not all that fond of some of the comments posted here in regards to the Canes, their performance Wednesday night, and/or the Caniac Nation itself; but that doesn't give me, you, or anyone else the right to declare who is a "true hockey fan/Caniac" and who's not. In the end, such attitudes *really* tick me off at times as a member of a fanbase, both of a team AND their sport.

    The last thing we need to be doing right now is turning against each other like a lot of you have been doing. I too hope the Canes players haven't been reading some of these posts...what kind of message does it send when members of a fanbase accuse one another of not being "true fans"? I find it incredibly ironic that this mess has all happened after Mr. Francis posted these very words:

    PS.-Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading the comments expressed by both Edmonton fans and Carolina fans in my previous blog. It is great to see when fans can root passionately for their own team without having to slam the opposing fans and players. As a player who always appreciated good sportsmanship, I commend all of you on yours.

    Yes, he was talking about opposing team fans, but it could also go for how well behaved we all have been unto each other, at least until the last couple of days.

    As I proofread all of that, I realize that I probably do need to lighten up...but quite a few of you need to do the same as well.

    Anyhoo...again, as I said in my previous response here, I got a *really good* gut feeling that the Canes can pull off the victory tomorrow night. EVEN without Weight and possibly Aaron Ward. As most of us know AND have known, the Canes are a team with many weapons...they just got to play a complete sixty minutes as one. It can never be emphasized enough: When the Canes play a complete sixty minutes, home OR away, they are unstoppable.

    Not to mention how I am liking history being in favor of our boys...over 80% of the past twenty or so Cup winners (forgive me...I'm having a hard time finding the stat, but that sounds about right) have won Lord Stanley away. And that includes both Penguins squads of which the great and honorable Mr. Francis was a member. :D

    Here's to the warriors in crimson taking down that big Oil rig in Alberta tomorrow evening, and coming back with a nice hunk of silver...and the heartiest

    LET'S GO CANES!!!

     
  • At 6/16/2006 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    TOOK ME AWHILE TO GET OVER THE LOST. OH MAN, NOW YOU TELL ME THERE'S NO WEIGHT. I HOPE WE BETTER DRESS 7 D AS I THINK A COUPLE OF THEM ARE ABOUT ONE KNOCK AWAY FROM JOINING WEIGHT ON THE SIDELINE - FINGERS CROSSED. WHAT IF THE OILERS KEEP POUNDING US. WHAT IF THE GAME DRAGS TO 3OT AND WE LOSE. WILL WE HAVE ANYTHING LEFT IN THE TANK FOR G7. WILL ANY D BE HEALTHY ENOUGH TO EVEN PLAY. OH MAN, I HOPE THE CANES WILL PULL THRU BUT I'M VERY WORRIED.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 8:56 AM, Blogger lak said…

    WE BELIEVE!!!!! GO CANES! TONIGHT IS OUR NIGHT!

     
  • At 6/17/2006 8:58 AM, Blogger Saltwater-ice said…

    Did any of us expect Edmonton to roll over and give us the cup?
    They want it as bad as we do. Won’t it mean that much more when
    we raise the cup after yet another great series.

    Think back to the beginning of the season when all the hockey wizards predicted we would finish near the bottom of the east. Think back when E. Cole was injured and we
    kept the faith the Canes would find a way to keep winning without him. Think back when we were down 0-2 to Montreal and we kept cheering for the Canes to make a come back. Think back how irritated we were when the National media made fun of us as fans and ignored the Canes as a team with a chance. Think back to one of the greatest series against Buffalo I have seen in Cup history.

    If we lose tonight (I don’t think we will) and we have to play a game seven in Raleigh …So What. Players dream of the chance of scoring the winning goal in the last minute of the last game to win the cup. Fans dream of watching the seventh game.

    If any body has tickets to game seven and has given up on our guys, well just sent a couple to me. I will be happy to drive the 3+ hours to Raleigh, lose a day at work for a chance to see the Canes skate for the cup.

    Win the cup tonight in Edmonton if you can or Monday in Raleigh if you must. Thanks for a great season

    Go Canes!

     
  • At 6/17/2006 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Get Ready Canes Fans.
    Your gonna see the Cup skated around RBC center alright,
    BY THE OILERS...Thats a fact.
    We got NO DEFENSE! If not for rookie in the net (btw, Wardo was sent back to minors in regular season for 3 games because he was choking back then) we would have already lost in the playoffs.
    Its over folks. The Fat lady is gargling with oil. Edmonton Oil.
    Oh Canada!!!!!!!!Go ahead and sing it Canes fans.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 1:24 PM, Blogger hahtfawd78 said…

    It's a fact the Oilers won game 7? WE got no defense, as if you're a Canes fan? Stop saying WE, and picture the Cup in Carolina. How's that Oiler power play doing this series with our lack of a defense?

    You're amusing - the regular season was SO long ago. And I guess Markkanen is the answer to YOUR prayers.

    You sound like the bright light that called Brind'Amour ugly on the radio.

    Now, thanks for the comments every game, Ronnie. You helped my son ice skate at a benefit a couple of years ago, and he's been so proud of that.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The CANES WILL play their best game of the series tonight and bring the CUP home. McTavish said he was glad to ruin the party Wednesday night, well get ready to see the CANES celebrate on your ice. For all the negative naysayers on this blog since game 5, that's what we call bandwagon fans here in the south. GO CANES!!! P.S. Thanks Ronnie for all you DID and DO.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Stormbringer said:
    I don't know what/who is burning my grits more: Those of you who are absolutely down on the Canes like you are/were, or especially those of you who feel like not enough "true hockey fans" are reading and/or responding to Mr. Francis' blog. No, I'm certainly not all that fond of some of the comments posted here in regards to the Canes, their performance Wednesday night, and/or the Caniac Nation itself; but that doesn't give me, you, or anyone else the right to declare who is a "true hockey fan/Caniac" and who's not. In the end, such attitudes *really* tick me off at times as a member of a fanbase, both of a team AND their sport.

    The last thing we need to be doing right now is turning against each other like a lot of you have been doing. I too hope the Canes players haven't been reading some of these posts...what kind of message does it send when members of a fanbase accuse one another of not being "true fans"?

    NO OFFENSE STORMBRINGER, HOWEVER, I CHOOSE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU HERE. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PART OF A TEAM? ANY TEAM? A CORPORATE TEAM ... A TEAM OF FRIENDS ... A FAMILY TEAM ... A NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM ... A CHURH TEAM ... ETC? IT'S ALWAYS THE NAYSAYERS THAT BRING THE TEAM SPIRIT DOWN. IT'S ALWAYS THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE, WHO ARE WAITING FOR A SLIP-UP JUST TO SAY "I TOLD YOU SO." THAT IS NOT A TRUE TEAM SPIRIT. THAT IS NOT SOMEBODY WHO SUPPORTS THE TEAM.

    IT'S SO EASY TO SAY STILLMAN MESS UP OR STAAL MESS UP, ETC ... THE NAYSAYERS ARE THE FIRST TO JUMP ON THAT BANDWAGON ... AND THEY'RE THE LAST TO COMMEND THEM, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE A BIG REASON WHY THE CANES ARE WHERE THEY ARE. THE SPIRIT OF A TEAM AND THEIR SUPPORTERS IS A POSITIVE ONE, A GROUP WHO BELIEVES AND GIVES POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT ... A CAN-DO ATTITUDE. YES, MANY OF US WERE NOT HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME OF GAME 5 BUT THAT DOES NOT GIVE US THE RIGHT TO TEAR OUR TEAM APART AND GIVE UP ON THEM. NEGITIVITY IS INFECTIOUS AND THERE IS NO PLACE FOR IN THE CANIAC NATION.

    DID ANYBODY SEE THE ARTICLE ON ESPN RE: STILLMAN?

    On first blush, it looked like Carolina forward Cory Stillman was simply pressured by Edmonton forward Ethan Moreau, which led to Stillman's own-zone pass being intercepted by Fernando Pisani, who scored the first shorthanded overtime winner in the Cup finals.
    But various replays seemed to show that Moreau actually got a stick on Stillman's forearm, which might have slowed the puck's momentum.
    Can you imagine if the goal had been waved off and the Hurricanes were given a 5-on-3 power play? Yikes. Give Stillman credit for not trying to shift blame.

    CORY STILLMAN IS A TRUE GENTLEMAN IN MY BOOK.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 4:09 PM, Blogger linda schlachter said…

    TO THE LAST ANONYMOUS POST, HEY IT AIN'T OVER YET. HATE FOR YOU TO HAVE TO EAT YOUR WORDS!! THE CANES WILL DO "WHATEVER IT TAKES" GO CANES WE HAVE YOUR BACK. THOSE FANS THAT STILL LOVE YOU!!!

     
  • At 6/17/2006 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    GO CANES!! Seriously I can't belive that some people are throwing in the towel. Carolina has a GOOOD team. It aint over till its over, and it DEFFENATLY(sp) ain't over with a 1 game lead.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I sure wish I was going to be at the Canes game tonight. I know it will be a great one as they all have been leading up to this moment! I hope the Hurricanes know that they are supported by so many people, and win or lose, they are winners always in my book! GO CANES!!

     
  • At 6/17/2006 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I see Cole skating pre-game and everyone thinks he may play tonight. I doubt (they) would be that stupid.
    But, if Laviolette plays Cole for even one minute, I lose ALL respect for him and the team.
    NO game is ever as important as a person's health.
    Let's hope Cole's body is not up for negotiation.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 10:25 PM, Blogger Rick said…

    Physical. Period.Unless the Canes decide to quit wimping out and start playing physical. You will have to visit Lord Stanley's Cup in Edmonton. I am not sure why the Canes won't play physical hockey? Does anybody have an idea why no body on the Canes team wants to play hard-core physical hockey? Edmonton is beating all the Canes to a pulp. It's pitiful. I just wish somebody on the team would say enough is enough.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what else can you say:

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

    bring that Cup to Carolina!!

     
  • At 6/17/2006 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    beaten to a pulp is right...this is all over. might as well cancel game 7 and hand them the cup right now and avoid any further humiliation. i have never been so ashamed of the canes....

     
  • At 6/17/2006 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's over folks. Wanted the Hurricanes to win it, and they had their chance, but now they're beaten, battered, and bruised and are playing like they don't belong. You got to hand it to the Oilers, they have what it takes.

     
  • At 6/17/2006 11:32 PM, Anonymous Sharon S. said…

    Ashamed of the Canes? Hand over the Cup?

    NEVER!

    Win or lose, the Canes are a strong group of men who do all that they can for the fans that support them.

    Keep fighting the good fight boys, becuse THIS fan loves y'all no matter what - WIN OR LOSE.

    GO CANES!

     

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