Hurricanes still find Sabres and their fans prickly, years after playoff battle
THE HURRICANES DON’T have much of a playoff track record of late, and with brand new division mates the hate hasn’t had much time to foment. For hard feelings, you have to go with Buffalo, in a rivalry that dates back to the 2006 playoffs. These were the days of Rod Brind’Amour and Glen Wesley, Daniel Briere and Chris Drury – heady times for both franchises.
The Canes knocked the Sabres out of the Eastern Conference final in seven games, paving the way for Carolina’s first and only Stanley Cup. And while you would think the victors would be happy with that, an invasion of Buffalo fans in Raleigh led to some ugly altercations after the games, at one point involving
promotional pint glasses being smashed in the parking lot of the arena. Needless to say, there were some arrests. Ever since, the Canes have been territorial about their home ice when the team plays Buffalo (Sabres fans travel well) and even though the stakes haven’t usually been high, don’t tell that to Hurricanes fans.
The two teams meet Oct. 14, Jan. 8 and April 6.