Before anybody (including myself) starts to talk about how it's over for the Canes, they need to take a look at last night's game, to think about how Carolina adapted mid-game. They also need to look not very far back in the history books.
The last point first. Back in 2002, eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit was in the same position that Carolina in in right now. In the first round, they had lost games 1 and 2 to Vancouver at home and headed into enemy territory with a tough task. They regrouped, faced their challenge, and won four straight to win the series. Of course they also went on to win the Cup.
I think Carolina is capable of doing the same thing. Especially if they continue to play the way they did in periods two through five last night. I don't know what happened in the room between periods one and two, but they sure came out looking differently. The change in goaltender had something to do with it. Sure. But everything looked different.
Wednesday should be a good one.
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