Carolina Hurricanes

Rod Brind'Amour Carolina Hurricanes NHL
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Petr Mrazek got the Carolina Hurricanes off to a strong start in net for the NHL’s return to play, only to see James Reimer turn in an even better performance when it was his turn.

And that has the Hurricanes moving on in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs with confidence in their goaltending after some question as to who might give them their best chance to win.

Dave Ayres sounds the siren before an NHL hockey game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
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David Ayres was a complete unknown to even the most ardent hockey fan before this past weekend. But after his performance as the emergency backup goalie on Saturday, Carolina Hurricanes fans won't soon forget him. And on Tuesday, Ayres was treated like a hometown hero in Raleigh.