Losing the season finale 8-3 Saturday against the Penguins while giving up five goals in the third period wasnt exactly how the Hurricanes wanted to end this season.
But then again, maybe it was fitting as the 'Canes finished 19-25-4 with 42 points, ahead of only two teams in the Eastern Conference.
Now that the postseason has officially launched, the organization must deal with not being a part of it for a fourth consecutive season. Only the Jets, who were the Thrashers until two seasons ago, have failed to make the playoffs from the East over that stretch.
On paper, the Hurricanes looked like a possible contender when the season began, making the slide which included dropping 14 of 15 games in one stretch even more discouraging. The 2013-14 campaign must be different, making this a crucial offseason.
Here are three things that went right and three things that went wrong this season:
Three Things That Went Right
1. The Return of Eric Staal
Not that he ever left or was in...