Different expectations in East finals

Updated: May 18, 2009, 5:57 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Hands up for everyone who honestly thought the Carolina Hurricanes would knock off the New Jersey Devils in the first round?

OK, we see a few of you there. Most are gathered around hibachis and coolers in the RBC Center parking lot with fruity drinks and blenders that plug into the lighters of their cars. But enough of you to suggest this wasn't a monumental upset.

Now, hands up for those who thought the Hurricanes would be able to knock off the top-seeded ...

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