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An old nemesis returns to the PNC arena as the playoffs begin

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The 82-game grind of the NHL regular season is over and now the race begins to 16. 16 wins overall is just what it takes to win a Stanley Cup and the Carolina Hurricanes believe they have as good a chance as anyone else.

“Every game, every period and every shift is a sprint and a marathon at the same time,” Hurricanes defenseman Ian Cole said. “It’s going to take two months to hopefully do that 16 times and 16 wins.

“It’s a pretty unique situation but it’s a situation we’re all looking forward to and as a team we’re really looking forward to playing.”

Meeting the Boston Bruins only adds to the excitement. The Bruins have been a thorn in the side of the Canes in the playoffs for the last few years.

“Obviously these guys kicked us out twice in four years,” Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook said. “Whenever a team beats you, you want to beat them.

“But it really doesn’t matter who you play; There’s that one goal at the end and you have to go through each team to get there, so it really doesn’t matter who’s in front of us.”

Carolina dominated Boston in the regular season, winning all three meetings while outplaying the Bruins by a whopping 16-1. But the Canes know the playoffs are a different animal and the team they face is playoff-hardened.

“They were made to play in the playoffs,” said Cole. “And they won it before they know how to do it and they have a great core, a lot of leadership over there. It’s going to be a hell of a challenge, but with that it’s a challenge we’re up to, a challenge we’re looking forward to.”

The first game between the Bruins and the Hurricanes is Monday at 7 p.m. at the PNC Arena.

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DUSTIN JONES

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