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The Hurricanes beat the Senators at their own game on Tuesday.

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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.

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WHERE'S KURT RUSSELL?

At the great risk of starting this newsletter with a cliché, let me say this: what goes around comes around.

A week ago, the Ottawa Senators registered one of the greatest last-gasp comebacks in recent hockey memory: they managed to tie the game with 0.1 seconds left on the clock. That's about as close as you can cut it. Heck, the Daytona 500 was won by a time gap barely smaller than that. It was a huge point earned by the Senators in a race to the playoffs.

So it's fitting that they ceded a point a week later due to the same last-second heroics. The Hurricanes never led in the game, but Jeff Skinner pulled off another hockey miracle with 0.3 seconds left:

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Carolina went on to win it in overtime, leap-frogging the Senators in the battle for the final Eastern Conference wild card spot. Battles like this happened everywhere on Tuesday; it seemed like no matter which game you tuned into, there were crucial points being earned and playoff opportunities being wasted away. That's the beauty of the NHL's playoff stretch run. It's just the appetizer to the delectable main course we get to dive into from April through June.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

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