How will Canes cope if they're without Tuomo Ruutu, Erik Cole?

Updated: May 19, 2009, 11:23 PM ET
By Scott Burnside

PITTSBURGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes still aren't sure whether they'll have to try to even up their Eastern Conference finals series against the Pittsburgh Penguins sans two of their grittiest forwards.

Tuomo Ruutu left in the first period of Game 1 on Monday night and did not return after getting tangled up with Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton, and Erik Cole left in the third after a knee-on-knee collision with Pittsburgh agitator Matt Cooke.

"It happened 12 hours ...

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