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Carolina ties strong for Adams

Staff photo by Chris Seward

Hidden under Craig Adams' Pittsburgh jersey is one remnant of his Carolina days — the hip protection on his hockey pants, a slash of red attached to the top of his black Penguins pants.

CCM changed the way they make that part, and Adams never felt comfortable in the new version, so he's carried the Carolina red with him to Chicago (where it wasn't noticeable) and now to Pittsburgh (where it is).

Canes photo gallery

Kevin Keister, our sports photo editor, and Rachel Carter, our sports producer for online, have collaborated to create a useful photo gallery of Canes players. If you are coming late to the Hurricanes' playoff party, this is a good way to become familiar with the players.

The pictures are game shots of the players. Kevin added in a photo of what each player looks like when they aren't wearing their helmets or goalie masks and when they were smiling for the camera as opposed to slamming an opponent into the boards and the like. You forget, when you see them on the ice, how young these guys look.

Kevin and Rachel put this gallery together over the weekend, in the aftermath of the Canes' Game 7 victory over the Boston Bruins. We wanted to have it up today, before the Canes play Pittsburgh in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals tonight.

This was a tight window, made even tighter because we wanted to be able to promote it on the front of the special Hurricanes section wrapped around Sports. Once we knew that the photo gallery was going to be ready, Jessaca Giglio, our Sports designer, was able to get the promo onto the front of the wrap.

The Canes wrap came together largely through the hustle of writers Chip Alexander, Luke DeCock and J.P. Giglio, (Jess's husband, btw). And a lot of work by the copy editors in Sports last night - Teri Boggess, Kip Coons, Mike Farrell, and Bill Woodward. You don't see the names of the copy editors and designers, but you see their work every day, and nothing happens without them.



Meet the Canes

If you're new to hockey and the Carolina Hurricanes, take a peek and learn a little about the team.

Brind'Amour at practice

Rod Brind'Amour was on the ice today for the Canes' practice at the RecZone.

Brind'Amour took a puck in the face in Game 7 against the Bruins and did not return to the game. He suffered a deep laceration over the right eye.

"I feel fine," Brind'Amour said. "I'm ready to go."

Canes optimistic on Brind'Amour

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The Canes now are optimistic that Rod Brind'Amour, injured in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, will play Monday in the Eastern Conference final opener against Pittsburgh.

Brind'Amour suffered a laceration over the right eye after being hit by the puck early in overtime of the Canes' 3-2 victory in Game 7. He left the bench and did not return.

Pete Friesen, the team's head trainer, said today that Brind'Amour did not suffer a concussion and was "feeling better" today.

Brind'Amour status uncertain

The Hurricanes still aren't sure about the status of center Rod Brind'Amour for the start of the Eastern Conference final against Pittsburgh.

Brind'Amour was hit with a puck early in overtime Thursday in the Canes'  3-2 win over the Boston Bruins that clinched the second-round series. General manager Jim Rutherford said today that the team captain was hit over the eye but not in the eye.

"We are concerned about it," said Rutherford, who said an update on Brind'Amour's condition would be made later today. "It's good that we have team doctors travel with us. They were able to look at him and treat him immediately."

Brind'Amour scored his first goal of the playoffs in Game 7, earning the Canes a 1-1 tie.

Ward, Canes after more Game 7 success

BOSTON — Three times, the Canes' Cam Ward has gone between the pipes in a Game 7. Three times he has been the winning goaltender.

Why so good in Game 7?

"I don't know. It's just the mental makeup of being a goaltender and having some fun with it," Ward said today. "This is why we play the game, to play in these opportunities and hopefully rise to the occasion."

Walker, Jokinen expect to hear it

BOSTON — The Canes' Scott Walker and Jussi Jokinen aren't expecting a warm reception tonight at TD Banknorth Garden by Bruins fans.

Not a problem, they say.

"I don't know," Walker said today, smiling. "Really, the game is played between the glass and the boards. I'm not worried about that. It's Game 7."

Kaberle back in lineup for Game 7

BOSTON — Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle will be in the lineup tonight for Game 7 against the Bruins, giving the Hurricanes more playoff experience and a savvy puck-handler.

Kaberle has not played since the fifth game of the New Jersey Devils series. He is expected to be paired with Niclas Wallin and replace Anton Babchuk.

"I don't think I'm going to be nervous," Kaberle said. "I don't play for a while but I played a few games in the New Jersey series.

"I won't think too much about it. Just play hard and simple in the beginning. I feel good and ready to play."

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