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Drehs: For the love of the 'Canes
It wasn't love at first sight, but North Carolina sports fans are embracing the Hurricanes now.
Hradek: Game 4 is crucial for 'Canes
In sports, anything can happen. One need only look to Saturday's Belmont Stakes, when a 75-1 shot named Sarava raced into the winner's circle, for yet another reminder of that sporting fact.
Adelson: Over time, around the world
After the greatest day in sports had ended, they played on in Raleigh.
Longest overtime playoff games
A look at the longest overtime games in NHL playoff history.
One-on-one with Boyd Devereaux
Red Wings forward Boyd Devereaux shares second chances with
Hradek: A goal-scorer's goal
Once again, Brett Hull proved he has the ability and the knack to score big goals.
Adelson: How will 'Canes recover?
After losing to the Red Wings in triple overtime, how with the Hurricanes and their fans recover?
One-on-one with Kevin Weekes
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Kevin Weekes chills with
Drehs: Close calls
After three rounds of the playoffs, tighter officiating leaves teams adjusting to referees.
Heika: 'Canes ice isn't an advantage
Raleigh's ESA provides a great atmosphere, but the 'Canes have't been overwhelminly successful there.
Hradek: Game 3 game plans
The Wings and 'Canes will have the same plans in Game 3, minus a few penalties.
Canes' power play struggling against Red Wings
Paul Maurice isn't close to pushing the panic button with Carolina's lack of power-play production in the Stanley Cup finals.
Power play problems nothing new for 'Canes
Paul Maurice isn't close to pushing the panic button with Carolina's lack of power-play production in the Stanley Cup finals.
Five questions: Joe Louis Arena's mother
Nick and Sarah Arena named their son -- both Thursday -- Joe. We asked mom why -- and four other questions.
Hradek: 'Canes need to regain composure
Upset and unnerved in Game 2, the Hurricanes must regroup before Game 3.
Berra: What's in a name?
Detroit's physical Grind line has been going above and beyond it's job description.
Berra: Mother Nature vs. the Cup finals
Playing hockey in June requires a little help from science.
Drehs: Wings maintain status quo
Despite trailing the Hurricanes, the Wings maintain the status quo heading into Game 2.
Hradek: Wings reversion
After losing Game 1 to the Hurricanes, the Red Wings vow to simplify their attack.
Drehs: Friend or foe?
A villian in the eyes of the city's hockey fans, Peter Karmanos is helpng to revitalize Detroit.
Berra: Carolina concentrating on Game 2
Despite their surprising win in Game 1, the Hurricanes won't be pleased leaving Detroit with a split.
Hradek: More power to them
With the officials calling things tight, the play of the special teams will make the difference.
Drehs: Room for improvement
The Wings were outworked and beaten in Game 1, but they're confident they can adjust.
Hradek: The art of closing the deal
The Hurricanes had the Red Wings right where they wanted them -- and won.
Hasek could tip scales if Wings win Stanley Cup

Drehs: Ready -- and rested -- for Game 1
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals has little affect on both team's preparation.
Morganti: Redefining dynasty
A Red Wings' victory in the Stanley Cup finals would be a feat of dynastic proportions...relatively speaking.
Buccigross: Redefining playoff 'drive'
Motoring to the Motor City, the Cup finals and summer reading take a ride on the Zamboni.
Drehs: Just a formality?
The Hurricanes aren't favored to win the Stanley Cup. So why do they think they have a chance?
How the Detroit Red Wings were built
A player-by-player look at how the Western Conference champions were assembled.
Finals Preview
It may be an underdog, but Carolina has a real chance to pull off the upset by beating Detroit in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Frei: Avs pushed over the limit
Colorado was pushed too far too often, leaving them tired and hurting for Game 7.
Berra: Red Wings rip Roy to win West
OK everyone, put on your helmets, stock up on canned goods and hide out in the closet, because Armageddon is upon us.
Hradek: Pressure on Wings to win now
After winning Game 6 at Colorado, the Red Wings are under more pressure to win Game 7.
Berra: Stand and deliver
Following Brendan Shanahan's lead, the Red Wings got the win when they needed it most.
How the Carolina Hurricanes were built
A player-by-player look at how the Eastern Conference champions were assembled.
Frei: Real returns
Peter Forsberg's leave of absence wasn't a vacation. His playoff prowess is proof.
Berra: Wings won't change a thing
Detroit faces a must-win situation, but it's still business as usual for the Wings.
Buccigross: Why U2 should love the West finals
The West finals, Barry Melrose and five Conn Smythe candidates take a ride on the Zamboni.
Morganti: Slowing down the coaching carousel
The four coaches left in the Stanley Cup playoffs prove patience is a virtue.
Johnson: The hearts left in Hartford
Five years after relocating, the Hurricanes still have die-hard fans in Connecticut.
Berra: Reinprecht finding his niche
Steven Reinprecht is evolving into one of the Avs' top go-to guys.
Hradek: Quinn back for Leafs in must-win Game 6
Pat Quinn is back, just in time for a must-win Game 6.
Hradek: 'Canes loss boils down simply
While some might philosophize on Carolina's Game 5 loss, coach Paul Maurice keeps it simple.
Berra: Wings' stars need to shine
The Red Wings need to take advantage of their starpower the Avs in Game 5.
Hradek: Could Cujo trigger another comeback?
Curtis Joseph thinks his Maple Leafs might be able to duplicate the Oilers' 1998 upset.
Berra: Third period the charm for Avs
The Avs came out blazing in the third period in a pivotal Game 4 win.
Hradek: Leafs running out of room
The resilient Maple Leafs might just be out of fight in the East finals.
Berra: Change for the better?
The one strategy surrounding the West finals? It's all about defense.
Hradek: Luck now on Irbe's side
Carolina got a little lucky in Game 4, and it was because it had Arturs Irbe in net.
Ratto: The year of the meek
With the 'Canes already in and the Nets and Kings on the verge, this year's finals feature the have-nots.
Hradek: Bad is bliss
Heading into Game 4 vs. Carolina, the Leafs are in search of the nastiness they posessed earlier in the playoffs.
Rovell: Octopus throwing still has legs
The tradition of tossing octopi on the ice after goals remains strong among Red Wings fans.
Frei: Drury's 'it' paying off for Avs
Chris Drury is a sage pick in the winning-goal pool in the press box. If you've got the first pick, and it isn't out of a hat.
Hradek: A most powerful Avalanche
It was obvious in Game 2. If the Wings don't contain Peter Forsberg, they have no hope.
Buccigross: Lessons from a rookie
Erik Cole, J.D., five Conn Smythe candidates and Caroline's Spine take a ride on the Zamboni.
Frei: Injuries underlying story in Game 2
One thing is certain heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals: Injuries are taking a toll.
Pang: Ready for Roy-Hasek showdown
It doesn't get much better than the goalie matchup of Patrick Roy vs. Dominik Hasek.
Cox: No faking it
As the Stanley Cup playoffs progress, the competition becomes less about talent and more about will.
Sportoon, May 17: Trend setters
Page 2 cartoonist Kurt Snibbe has been monitoring playoff trends in the NBA and NHL.
Morganti: Olympics, what Olympics?
Why the 2002 Winter Games will pale in comparison to the Western Conference finals.
Heika: Let's see a Wings-Leafs final
Five reasons you should want to see the Wings and Leafs play in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Hradek: Sharks left to ponder 'what if?'
The Sharks didn't have the answer in Game 7, but they do have what it takes to get it done in the future.
Frei: The reason for home ice
Like they did in last year's Stanley Cup finals, the Avs march into Game 7 having stolen Game 6 on the road.
Hradek: A battle of wills
When it came down to it, the Maple Leafs wanted to win Game 7 more.
Hradek: Habs' future is bright
Despite being eliminated in Game 6, 8-2, the Canadiens have a lot to look forward to.
Cox: A war of attrition
The Maple Leafs-Senators boiled down to the abilities of the men left standing.
Melrose: Wings are proving worthy
As the Wings wait for their next opponent, one can't help but think the Cup is theirs to lose.
Fleming File: On the rebound
North Carolina, jilted by the Hornets, has fallen hard for the Hurricanes.
Frei: Calling Ray Bourque
The Avalanche have character, what they need is charismatic leadership.
Johnson: Gladiator
Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios is a player from another era. Ted Lindsay is one who should know.
Hradek: A band of brothers
As the Maple Leafs showed in Game 6, it's not who's missing, it's who's still in the lineup.
Stevenson: Canes' BBC line too tough so far for Habs
The Hurricanes' line of Erik Cole, Bates Battaglia and Rod Brind'Amour has wreaked havoc against the Canadiens.
Wheatley: Big loss for Blues
The Blues need three straight wins over the Red Wings -- and they have to do it without Chris Pronger.
Engblom: Ottawa's turn
After holding control of the series, the Senators are looking to re-establish their game against the Leafs in Game 4.
Clement: Problems without Pronger
Losing Chris Pronger while facing a 3-1 deficit is like climbing Mount Everest for the Blues.
Hradek: Lessons learned
The Stanley Cup playoffs offer interesting prespectives on players, teams, officials and fans.
Stevenson: Therrien's outburst derailed Habs
Montreal coach Michel Therrien's temper earned him a penalty and swung Game 4 momentum to the Hurricanes.
Ratto: Sharks miss key opportunity
San Jose didn't necessarily blow the series by letting the Avs up for air, but things sure got tougher.
Hradek: Turning it over to a new Leaf
Alyn McCauley registered his first two goals since moving to the first line to fill in for injured captain Mats Sundin.
Frei: 'D' delivers a much-needed victory for Avs
The Avalanche finally found a balance between offense and defense in Game 4.
Nagging injury slowing Blues' Weight in postseason
Center Doug Weight, who missed 20 games with an injured pelvis, is still playing hurt.
Cox: An exercise in anger management
The Senators' superior discipline is driving the Maple Leafs to utter distraction...and possibly self-destruction.
Hradek: Tempting faceoff fate
Three unnecessary icings in overtime resulted in three d-zone draws for the 'Canes...and one goal for the Habs.
Hradek: Sharks' silence is goal-den
Did you hear Darryl Sutter's message to his players after Game 2? Owen Nolan certainly did.
Wheatley: Blues sing same playoff tune
The Blues are facing the Red Wings for the fourth time in the past seven postseasons...and not much has changed.
Hradek: Follow the leaders
One play each by Saku Koivu and Jose Theodore set the stage for the Habs' win in Game 2.
Adelson: Another wake-up call for Sens
With the Leafs getting an emotional OT boost, it's time for the Sens to show what they're made of.
Stevenson: Following in the footsteps of a saint
In Montreal, Jose Theodore draws comparisons to Patrick Roy. And he's showing signs of living up to them.
Hradek: Dumb and Dumber
Hockey isn't rocket science, but it requires more intelligence than the Leafs showed in Game 1.
Adelson: CuJo losing his bite?
Curtis Joseph is looking defeated, and the timing couldn't be worse.
Pang: Carrying on with confidence
The challenge for Brent Johnson and Patrick Lalime is carrying their confidence to the second round.
Johnson: Party time in Canada
With three teams among the final eight, Canada looks to reclaim its game.
Rovell: In NHL, location doesn't matter
Canadian teams can hold their own against big-market teams on the ice and in TV ratings.
Hradek: Sharks vintage 1997
Five years after their draft, Patrick Marleau and Scott Hannan are proving to be prime picks.
NHL Question: Who reigns in the East?
ESPN's hockey analysts pick which team will come out of the unpredictable Eastern Conference.
ESPN The Magazine: Stanley's Law
NHL players and coaches reveal the secrets encoded in the championship Cup.
Heika: Postseason doesn't mean open season
A zero-tolerance policy on certain moves will eliminate open season in the playoffs.
Cox: Series misconduct
How the Leafs-Islanders series morphed into one of the most poisonous matchups in recent times.
Ratto: NHL justice isn't blind enough
With inconsistent punishments and incoherent explanations, the league is all but inviting criticism.
Parent: Just another playoff disaster
While the Senators have been playing well, the Flyers have been giving them a fair bit of help.
Ratto: Sharks, Coyotes follow seeding chart
There's one playoffs series going pretty much as expected, and that's bad news for the Coyotes.
Frei: Kings are done
After falling behind 3 games to 1 against the Avs last year, the Kings made a series out of it. Don't expect the same this time.
Buccigross: A day with Ray
An enlightening round of golf with a future Hall of Famer and catching up with a zebra named Stephen.
Frei: Forsberg makes Avs formidable
It's not as obvious as it sounds -- Forsberg's return puts the Avs in the running.
Hradek: The arm of fate
Henrik Sedin and Igor Larionov were bound together by a strange twist of hockey fate.
Hradek: Mission 16W, The Sequel
The Avalanche are following a script similar to last season's.
Melrose: Coaching in the playoffs
Players elevate their games for the playoffs. What do coaches do? ESPN's Barry Melrose explains.
Marrapese-Burrell: Man who has Boston brewin'
Robbie Ftorek might not have been the most popular pick to coach the Bruins, but he was the right one.
Melrose: Western Conference skaters on the spot
ESPN's Barry Melrose identifies which players must contribute in the playoffs for their teams to have a chance.
Melrose: Eastern Conference skaters on the spot
ESPN's Barry Melrose identifies which players must contribute in the playoffs for their teams to have a chance.
Adelson: Back from the dead
Twenty years ago, the Red Wings were the "Dead Things". Now, the Motor City is Hockeytown.
2002 Stanley Cup playoffs Hot 'n' Not List
All the information you need to know about who's heating up at the right time and who'll soon be on ice.
Johnson: Volume cranked in Chicago
The Blackhawks have returned to the NHL's postseason party -- and they brought loud friends.
Parent: Fantasy Island
Given ownership's blessing to spend some money, Mike Milbury has helped get the Islanders back into the playoffs.
Morganti: The teams the hockey gods forgot
The return of the Blackhawks, Islanders and Canadiens to the postseason is like a walk down memory lane.
Buccigross: The best time of year
There are 16 teams in the playoffs, but only six have a legitimate shot at skating away with Lord Stanley's Cup.
Johnson: Could lightning strike Canucks again?
How far can the Canucks go? Look back just eight seasons ago and you'll see what's possible.
Frei: Early returns?
Don't start comparing the payrolls of playoff teams. The true measure of value is just starting.
ESPN picks the Stanley Cup playoffs
ESPN's and ABC's team of broadcasters, analysts and writers chime in with their picks for the Stanley Cup.
The Case for No. 8
Six reasons why the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks shouldn't be judged by their seeding.
ESPN The Magazine: Out of the shadows
In the playoffs, your stars have to step up. But here are some bit players who may take center stage.
ESPN The Magazine: How to beat 'em
The Wings lost only one of every four games this season. Taking out these hungry vets in the playoffs will be ever harder. But not impossible.
The Assembly Line
They may be the greatest workforce of stars ever, but the Detroit Red Wings skate as one.

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