[This is part 20 of a multi-part series where I venture into an alternate universe where I take over the Carolina Hurricanes using Sports Interactive’s Eastside Hockey Manager: Early Access.]
May 23rd, 2017
Eastern Conference 2nd Round
Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (W1)
The Blue Jackets had the best record in the Eastern Conference during the 2015-16 season, but took a minor step back in 2016-17. The matchup was expected to be a close one, but after being shutout 4-0 at home in Game One, Columbus never recovered. The Canes took Game Two 4-3, then after going down 1-0 to Columbus early in Game Three, rattled off five unanswered goals (two shorthanded) to win 5-1 in Raleigh. In Game Four, it was the fourth line that took over after going down 3-1 in the second period. Paul Byron scored two goals and an assist, while Valentin Zykov scored a goal and three assists as the Hurricanes swept the Blue Jackets with a 5-4 win at home.
The sweep came as a relief to many players, but none moreso that Justin Faulk. The Canes defenseman had been putting in 27 minutes of ice time a night, and his fatigue was beginning to show. The Canes were hoping the Lightning/Islanders series would go seven games, but the Isles couldn’t reproduce the magic that got them past the Bruins, and Tampa took them in five games. Continue reading [Alternate Canes Universe] May 23rd, 2017 – So Close You Can Taste It