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Rod Brind'Amour (center) celebrates the goal that put the Canes in the Stanley Cup finals.
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Hurricane season started Thursday. In Carolina, it never ended. Rod Brind'Amour scored at 11:22 of the third period as the Hurricanes beat the Sabres 4-2 in Game 7 to reach the Cup finals. Story
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NHL Playoffs:
2022 SEASON LEADERS
GOALS ASSISTS PTS
Connor McDavid Connor McDavid
G: 6
Connor McDavid Connor McDavid
A: 7
Connor McDavid Connor McDavid
Pts: 13
Complete Leaders
GAA SAVE % WINS
Carter Hutton Carter Hutton
GAA: 8.75
James Reimer James Reimer
SV: .980
Frederik Andersen Frederik Andersen
W: 4
Complete Leaders
Team Stats
Team GF GA GFA GAA PP% PK%
Hurricanes 73 60 2.92 2.40 24.0 85.4
Hurricanes 73 60 2.92 2.40 24.0 85.4
Oilers 70 61 2.92 2.54 17.0 86.1
Oilers 70 61 2.92 2.54 17.0 86.1
Sabres 60 49 3.33 2.72 16.2 82.6
Sabres 60 49 3.33 2.72 16.2 82.6
Ducks 46 36 2.88 2.25 10.8 88.5
Ducks 46 36 2.88 2.25 10.8 88.5
INJURY REPORT
CarNicolas Roy - C - Oct 19
Roy (undisclosed) practiced in a regular jersey Tuesday, Steve Carp of VegasHockeyNow reports.

EdmMike Smith - G - Oct 20
IR

Mike Smith - G - Oct 20
Smith (leg) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Mike Smith - G - Oct 19
Smith (leg) is considered day-to-day and will visit a doctor Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury he suffered in the second period versus the Ducks on Tuesday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Mike Smith - G - Oct 19
Day-To-Day

Devin Shore - C - Oct 18
Shore (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision against the Ducks on Tuesday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.



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The Hurricanes were the ninth team to win Game 7 of an NHL postseason series after trailing at the end of the second period. But they were the first to do so in a conference finals or the Stanley Cup finals since 1979, when the Canadiens overcame a 3-1 deficit after two periods to beat the Bruins 5-4 and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

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