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Carolina Hurricanes

After recording a franchise-best-112 points during the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes returned to the playoffs for the first time since losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2002 Stanley Cup Final. The first round of the playoffs saw the Hurricanes compete against the legendary Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens took the first of two games in the series before the Hurricanes stormed back to win four straight one-goal games, and the series in six. The momentum carried the Hurricanes into round two as they easily handled the New Jersey Devils in five games. The Hurricanes went on to defeat the Buffalo Sabres in the conference finals following an exciting seven-game-series, and faced the Edmonton Oilers in the final. After a thrilling series and seventh game, the Carolina Hurricanes captured their first-ever-Stanley Cup championship. The playoff heroes were Eric Staal and Cory Stillman, who paced the playoffs with 28 and 26 points respectively, and Cam Ward who collected the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, posting a 2.14 goals against average.

Carolina Hurricanes
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