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  1. It has been a LONG time since the Canes got under another team's skin so thoroughly, including fans, players and coaches. Very, very nice. Guys spit out the candy and are now spitting nails. Love it.
  2. wxray1

    2019 Playoffs

    Not implying anything! I'm just a guy in the stands, I don't follow our depth like you guys. I just find this whole thing interesting. No agenda from those words! And the playoff thing is not a sarcastic comment. Vellucci, Waddell and The Committee are smarter than me.
  3. wxray1

    2019 Playoffs

    Ah yes, AHL playoff experience. I remember people mentioning last year that could come in handy...
  4. Yep. Had the binoculars on him the entire time. During play, that leg was being favored. After play, he did the figure-8 compulsory drill thing and just used one skate the entire way to the room.
  5. wxray1

    2019 Playoffs

    5' 10", 200lbs. No NHL experience. Interesting...
  6. Folks, I re-watched the last 7 minutes or so of the game this morning. Brought back good memories. I gotta tell you, the energy was crazy. It felt like we helped lift the team beyond the non-calls. The last 2 minutes was "everyone stand up and cheer" time. And the boys shut them down. And when one got through, Petr ("Petr-Petr-Petr!") came to the rescue. Many, I have so much chuff on me right now I need to take a shower. Just crazy good stuff!
  7. Disruption. That is the word of the game that comes to mind. What I saw was incredible defense. Our D disrupted so many chances at the right time. "D" included forwards too, even Aho. I don't know where this will all go this year, but what our coaching is doing with this team can only lead to good stuff in the future. It is bright! Mrs. WXRay couldn't go tonight, so I invited a friend. I guess that means extra beer, so perhaps I'm a bit rose colored? All those images of seeing CC downing Crown got me thinking that was the key to enjoyment. BTW, I think I saw CC and company on the grass as we drove in. They seemed to be in full-on tailgate mode today. Anyway, back to the game/series. (Beer talk ahead...) I suspect our depth may hurt ultimately, especially of Fogs gets some sort of slap from the league. But, people, come on! THIS IS WHY WE CRY ABOUT MISSING THE PLAYOFFS. Holy E.D.I.T., these games have been off the freekin' rails!!! I am chuffed, buffed, and stoked! What a friggin' experience these 2 games have been. This is why we come. More please. Oh wait! I have a ticket for Monday. Woo hoo!
  8. I hate my seats in 322. We've seen that shot too many times. Perfect view.
  9. At the game. Watched Martinook closely. He put Zero weight on that knee at end of game. Literally skated on one skate. He is severely impaired.
  10. wxray1

    2019 Playoffs

    Holy crap! TB had The Cup on display during the outside pre-game party of Game 1. So they touch the President's trophy, and invite The Cup to be displayed on the grounds. Fatal! It is a bit of a joke about superstition, but seriously, this Cup display thing says a lot about the bravado and entitlement attitude. It is the Playoffs. Everyone has a chance. Nothing is free. Nobody is ordained in the first round.
  11. We were one of the West lot debacles. We got rerouted to the East which I never go to. So, I'm very glad we rushed early to make the "6:30 - Be In Your Seats" time. I guess the fake PR worked. Otherwise, we might have been late to puck drop. Parking took us 45 minutes instead of 5. But "Be in your seats" at 6:30? Why. That was 12 minutes before warm up started. Just tell us the truth next time.
  12. Did anyone at the arena catch the "LOUD/quiet" exercise with about 4 minutes to go? That was fun. When the punch line came up (after the "quiet" exercise) and it said, "The sound of Capitals fans as they leave," the guy behind me just groaned and got a bit PO'd. We did follow him out and he was quiet! Ha ha. Speaking of the LOUDNESS, we were parked in an unfamiliar lot (for us) since the lots filled up. We were near the far end of the football stadium. Behind us, an ad hoc roar started among all the fans outside! It was crazy cool. It sounded like a football game behind us. Basically, everyone pouring out the arena just started a roar. I don't ever remember hearing that before.
  13. Canes PR are liars. Marketing lie. But it is their PR department, and not the team. PR needs to tell it like it is. I.e. a simple: "Be there early because we have a full house and it will be congested." would be nice. Nope, instead they lure people there early with a lie. Being early was a good thing... traffic was tough... we forgot how bad it can be during playoffs. Just tell us like it is. So called "Showtime!" at 6:30 consisted of watching the ice dry and listening to some soft music spun by Mr. Ilz. Hardly a show. Call me duped. I thought maybe they'd have something special like Vegas or Nashville and other markets. Nope, just a short on-ice tribute that started after 7pm. It was OK, but not too special. They are finally using those fancy projectors.
  14. I'm still processing this. This game was definitely in my top 5 I've seen live. Others that surpass it are games 1&7 of the 2006 Finals, and the "Staal-Wallin" miracle in the Jersey series in 2006. So, we may be looking at #4 on my list. Thank you for bringing back real life to the arena, Canes. We had a Craps fan behind us that was just running his mouth constantly about stupid southern hockey, blah, blah, blah. Calling Aho a punk, and dissing him for a miss. I almost lost my composure, but the team came to my rescue. In the third period, it just became hilarious. He was still running his mouth, but it was pitiful. I think at one point he was criticizing the paint on the ice. He ran out of things to find fault with. "Physician, heal thyself!" Just awesome. As for the so called fight... My view was blocked because the kids in front of me shot up faster than my old bones could. The next thing I know, I was seeing a dead man on the ice. Seriously. Svetch just looked laid out, as in a casket. No movement. That was my impression. I thought he got blindside-cold cocked. Apparently, there was some sort of "fight," but I never saw it. I just saw the horrific aftermath. But, in any case, the team soldiered on. Physical, physical, physical. Just an unbelievable suffocating forecheck, along with finding a way to bottle that neutral zone. Wow. I don't know where it goes from here, but it should be some kind of ride.
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