Carolina never lost a game to Montreal once the habs lost koivu to Williams careless stick. No penalty either... Not that I'm bitter lol. Then against buffalo in game 7, the sabres went into the game missing some of their top d-men, and barely lost. Then Edmonton lost roloson in game 2, who was actually lights out in the playoffs up until that time... So the oilers had to go with Jussi markkanen and they still took Carolina to seven games. I thought Carolina had a good team, and cam ward got a ton of credit, but the opposing injuries was the biggest factor to their success IMO. Tampa was just really good. At the time, they probably had the best top 3 offensive weapons, and in typical tortorella fashion, he gave them all the ice time in the world and then some. Khabbibulin was very good, but there was more to that team.