Last night was disappointing, but–sadly–not surprising.
The Hurricanes that scratched and clawed their way to the ECF were, in the end, gassed and surpassed. The aliens didn’t take them away and replace them with the Pod People, they didn’t “just give up”, and they sure as hell aren’t “scrubs”. They just didn’t have anything left in the tank (except for Eric Staal–who will be the next Warchief, but he can’t carry the whole team on his back), and it showed.
Such is hockey.
Congrats, Penguins. You were the better team this series, and it showed. Luck in the next round, and I just have two words for you now:
*: If Chicago somehow pulls it out in the WCF, all bets are off.