RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A storm could be seen coming on at PNC Arena Friday. It was red, black, and loud.
“This is exactly where I want to be on my Friday,” Raleigh resident Brandon McCain said.
The Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders in the second round of the NHL playoff to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Grahm Fussell made the trip with friends from East Carolina University in Greenville to see the ‘Canes.
“The first game I ever came to was with my dad,” Fussell said. “It was just a life-changing experience, and I’ve been playing hockey right after that.”
Some even used superstitions to help bring Carolina luck.
“Just letting my ‘Ric Flair’ yell,” Raleigh resident Susie Lyons said.
“I wear the jersey every time I wake up at 8 a.m. (and) watch replays of the last game,” Fussell added.
Fans believe the Hurricanes’ success has brought good vibes to the Triangle.
“You get guys from NC State, North Carolina and Duke all coming together to cheer for the same team,” McCain said.
“I feel like it brings a lot of people together,” Fussell added. “Before the playoffs, people knew about the Hurricanes. They knew they were doing pretty good. But as soon as we made it to the playoffs, that’s all people could talk about.”
They hope to see the good vibes continue this postseason and see the Stanley Cup make its way to the Triangle.
“From here, it’s all a win,” McCain said. “We’ve come farther than anybody thought they would.