BUF­FALO THRILL

Hur­ri­canes still find Sabres and their fans prickly, years after play­off bat­tle

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

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

ERIC STAAL

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.

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