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Aug 24, 2005
Hurricanes win the cup!!!!

So many emotions, events spill over with Cup win

By Scott Burnside

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Stanley Cup reflects a million things.

Love and redemption, sweat and pain, the impossible and the improbable, the heroic and the selfless.

And if you looked closely enough as the euphoric Carolina Hurricanes swarmed onto the RBC Center ice Monday night and took their turns hoisting the mighty silver canister above their heads, you might have seen every one of those million things.

"I had tears in my eyes. It's a thing you just visualize your whole life when you're a kid," said Carolina forward Matt Cullen, who turned in his best performance of this compelling finals series in the Hurricanes' Cup-clinching 3-1 victory.

"I thought a lot about that today. I had some time alone and I thought about it, just visualizing and imagining it happening. You're that close and now we have it," Cullen said in the quiet moments before the champagne corks began to ricochet off the dressing room ceiling.

If a hockey game can be a thing of beauty, then this was such a game.
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