RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A lot has changed in the decade that has passed since the Carolina Hurricanes last made the NHL playoffs. The last postseason game the ‘Canes played was May 26, 2009 when the Pirrsburgh Penguins completed a sweep in the Eastern Conference Final en route to a Stanley Cup Championship win over the Detroit Red Wings.
For reference, Rod Brind’Amour, now in his first season as Carolina’s head coach, recorded 51 points in 80 games for the Hurricanes that season. it was his second-to-last season as a player.
Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov, meanwhile, was 9 years old.
In music, Michael Jackson was still alive when that game was played. “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas topped the Billboard charts.
The North Carolina Tar Heels were celebrating their fifth NCAA Tournament championship after an 89-72 win over Michigan State on April 6, 2009. DeAngelo Williams and Jake Delhomme had guided the Carolina Panthers to a 12-4 record that saw them finish first in the NFC South.
President Barack Obama had been sworn in as the United States’ 44th president about four months prior.
Facebook, arguably near the peak of its popularity, was weeks away from launching FarmVille. Kanye West hadn’t yet interrupted Taylor Swift.
In technology, floppy discs were still very much a thing and the iPhone was on its 3G series.
The Hurricanes beat New Jersey, 3-1, and got some help from division rival Washington to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since all that happened. Now, before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, Carolina will look to finish its campaign with a win in Philadelphia on Saturday. A ‘Canes win and Pittsburgh loss would see them finish third in the Metropolitan Division and play the New York Islanders in the first round. They’ll play the Capitals otherwise.
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