By NHLStats Resources
May 11, 2023
The Hurricanes advanced to the Conference Finals for the fifth time in franchise history and second time in the past five years.
Jesper Fast scored his second overtime goal of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 2 of R1). He became the fourth player in franchise history with multiple overtime tallies in a single postseason joining Jordan Staal (2 in 2021),Niclas Wallin (2 in 2002) and Cory Stillman (2 in 2006).
Rod Brind’Amour has been a part of the team for all five trips either, as a head coach (2019 & 2023) or a player (2002, 2006 & 2009).
The Hurricanes will play in the Conference Finals/Semifinals for the fifth time since relocating to Carolina in 1997-98, tied with the Ducks, Sharks, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings and Blackhawks for the third most in that span behind the Lightning (8) and Penguins (6).
The Hurricanes earned their 17th all-time series win (of any length); their 16 since the franchise relocated to Carolina 25 years ago rank 10th among all teams.
The Stars are the only club remaining in the postseason with more over that span (19). Carolina’s seven series wins (of any length) since 2019 are tied with Colorado for the second most in that span behind Tampa Bay (11).
The Hurricanes await the winner of the Maple Leafs-Panthers series. Carolina has met Toronto in the postseason once previously, defeating the club in six games in the 2002 Conference Finals.
The Hurricanes and Panthers have never met in the playoffs – should they face off in 2023 Conference Finals, it would mark only the fourth time that two teams in the Sunbelt have met for a spot in the Stanley Cup Final (also LAK-PHX in 2012 CF, ANA-NSH in 2017 CF & DAL-VGK in 2020 CF).