1) We have watched as the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes have seemingly sleep walked through their first 70 or so games. Playing barely good enough to retain a playoff spot for much of the season, but not playing nearly to the level that made them champs last season.
2) Every time they'd go on a streak, they revert right back to their lackadaisical ways and return to mediocrity. Today perhaps will be looked back as a turning point of their season. For today not only did they win, but they did it in convincing fashion on the road against one of the best teams in the NHL. They even managed to score enough to have likely league MVP, Martin Brodeur removed half way through after giving up 4 goals
3) The question that will be asked, is this the real Hurricanes, finally? Ironically the 1996 Devils are the last team to not qualify for the post season the year after winning it all in the lock out shortened 1994-95 season. Time will tell, but for the 'Canes, time is short, and the time to put it into another gear, is now!