After taking a 3-2 series lead in their Eastern Conference first round series against the Boston Bruins, defenceman Tony DeAngelo was firm in his belief in the Carolina Hurricanes.
(This article was originally published on 12.05.2022)
The Hurricanes, 5/18 to progress to round two and 8/1 to be crowned Stanley Cup Champions, took a 2-0 series lead before they were pegged back to 2-2 by the Bruins ahead of game five on Tuesday.
With improved discipline, the Hurricanes enjoyed a 5-1 success to go ahead again in the series and one game away from progression.
Carolina took just three minor penalties in game five, a key improvement after giving up four powerplay goals on 14 opportunities in the two previous defeats.
The Hurricanes scored two goals of their own on the man advantage on Tuesday, the first coming from 26-year-old DeAngelo, which was his first of the play-offs.
DeAngelo signed a bargain $1million, one-year deal with Carolina ahead of the current campaign, after having his contract bought out by the New York Rangers last season.
In the five play-off games so far, the offensive blue-liner has eight points (one goal, seven assists).
Over 64 regular season games, he had 51 points (10 goals, 41 assists) helping Carolina to win the Metropolitan Division (54-20-8).
DeAngelo said to the media: "I'd say you're wrong (if you don't believe in Carolina).
"We know how we've got to play. Penalties got us out of our game last game. When we're on our game 5-on-5, we're very confident that we're going to come out on top."