It’s a state of mind. It’s a state of euphoria. And — even for the truest of believers since the Greensboro days — a state of disbelief.
It was no dream Monday night that the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7. In the light of this morning, it’s still true.
It is a stunning and perhaps transforming win for a Southern region where NHL hockey is less than a decade old. Whatever happens from now on, this region will be home to the Cup for a year and part of its history always.
The thrill was shared by thousands Monday, but the honor goes to some 20 battered men. They played 25 games in a playoff campaign that opened April 22 and stretched to June 19, one of the latest finishes in Stanley Cup history.
On the brink of tragedy after missing out on two chances to close out the Edmonton Oilers, the Hurricanes claimed ultimate success with a 3-1 win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday, securing North Carolina’s first major league title.
Cam Ward started the NHL playoffs as a backup rookie goalie full of potential. Two months later, he was at the center of the Carolina Hurricanes’ celebration.
Ward earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason after the Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 on Monday night for their first Stanley Cup title.