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01-28-2011, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Anton Bomb View Post
Exactly. Cole may not have put up any points in that playoffs, but he was a key piece in Game 7. He was the guy that drew the penalty that led to the game-winning PP goal. Cut down the wing and crashed toward the net. Caught the Oiler defenseman out of position, who essentially had to leg-lock him to slow him down.

That being said, Cole isn't exactly a playoff performer in the first place. He's been on some deep runs (2002 and 2009), but really never made an impact on the scoreboard in either one.
This team has a different make-up than those two Canes teams (more depth here). '09 was a clunker (that was one of his injury seasons, so ...), but '02 he was a kid who was sixth on the team in goals during the season and tied for second during the playoffs. His play tailed off as the playoffs moved on, but he was still impressive for his first real playoff run.

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