The Hurricanes clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the 2005-06 season with their overtime win Saturday over Pittsburgh. The team's focus is now on a battle for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and first-round home ice advantage.
Away from the NHL, the River Rats' slide continues and Carolina's CHL prospects have a rough weekend in the semifinals of the playoffs.
Canes Country: Carolina defense rates among league's best
News & Observer: Canes' foot on the gas
Puck Daddy: Note on Cam Ward (saying he's the only reason Carolina is making the playoffs)
London Free Press: Maurice's sacrifices have worked out for Carolina
Bleacher Report: Dark horse in the East
Fanhouse: Cam Ward leading Carolina once again
Albany River Rats
Albany Times Union: Rats slip in second period, then tumble