Cup runners-up eager to prove themselves

The Hurricanes proved hockey belongs in Carolina. Now they're out to prove they belonged in the finals.

Originally Published: March 21, 2002

O'Neill Listen up, y'all. That stuff about hockey never making it on Tobacco Road, and goalie tandems never working in the playoffs? Wrong. If the Tar Heels can miss March Madness for the first time in 27 years, then goalies Arturs Irbe and Kevin Weekes can almost steal a Stanley Cup. Jeff O'Neill, despite a D-first system, thrives alongside needle-threader Ron Francis. And coach Paul Maurice? His players would do anything for him.

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