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The Skinny: Carolina 6, Isles 3 (Carolina wins series 4-1)

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Eastern Conference Round 1, Game 5 Carolina 6, Isles 3 Carolina Wins Series 4-1 School is out. Jack D...

Monday, May 05, 2008

Stars keep Isles' legacy in tact

Did the clock really say 2:24am when Brendan Morrow made sure the Sharks wouldn't join the 42 Leafs and 75 Isles in NHL lore?
Of the teams that didn't get it back to 3-3, you would have to say that the Sharks were clearly one of the bigger threats to join the 75'ers.
After all, they had finished 2nd in the West -- this entire series was extraordinarily close, and a Shark goal in OT #4 would have given them tremendous momentum heading home.
Congratulations to the Stars, who helped preserved the leagacy of thoe 1975 Islanders.  (NHL teams have now won 151 of 153 series when leading 3-0, when you include NBA and MLB teams it is 266-3).  By winning on Sunday they also earned a bunch of rest, because the conference finals won't begin until Thursday.

 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick. Eric has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and celebrated his 26th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2008.