The Hurricanes' winning streaks finally came to an end, but it was too little, too late for the Buffalo Sabres, who — along with Florida — were eliminated from postseason contention last night.
The final task at hand before the playoffs is determining seeding in the Eastern Conference. With one game remaining, the Canes could finish fourth, fifth or sixth.
Be sure to check out ESPN The Magazine's "For The Love Of The Game" video with Ray and Brijet Whitney and Matt Cullen.
Sabres Game Recaps
Canes Country: Winning streak is over; Sabres 5, Canes 1
News & Observer: Winning streaks end for Canes
Canadian Press: Despite beating Canes, Sabres eliminated from playoff hunt
Buffalo News: Victory is cold comfort for Sabres
Die By The Blade: Sabres eliminated from playoffs
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Sabres 5, Hurricanes 1
WRALSportsFan.com: Game recap video/audio (in sidebar) • Hockey's popularity not overshadowed by hoops anymore (audio in sidebar)
850 The Buzz: Canes streak ends (audio included)
News & Observer: Maurice missed a chance to spell Ward
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Remaining scenarios explained
ESPN.com: For the love of the game (Definitely worth checking out. Who knows Ray Whitney better? His wife, Brijet, or Matt Cullen)
NHL.com: If the playoffs started today...
Albany River Rats
Schenectady Daily Gazette: After slow start, Samson has hit stride for Rats
Belleville Bulls (win series with Niagara 4-1, advance to OHL Western Conference Finals): Win Game 5 (Face Brampton-St. Michael's winner next; Brampton leads 3-2)
Plymouth Whalers (trail series with Windsor 3-2): Lose Game 5