Adams numb after big win

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

RALEIGH -- The Edmonton Oilers were on the power play trailing just 2-1 in the third period, and Chris Pronger was winding up for his rocket shot.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevyn Adams saw only one course of action and dove in front of the puck.

Pronger put all his weight behind the shot. The puck rocketed off Adams' wrist and broke it in two places.

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Adams went off, got a pain-killing shot, got his wrist wrapped and came back to finish the game.

But a little fracture or two couldn't temper Adams' enthusiasm last night after his Hurricanes had won the 2006 Stanley Cup.

"They just injected it and my whole hand goes numb," said a jubilant Adams. "But you know what? When they did that, I just said, 'That's how you win the Stanley Cup, right?'

"We earned it. That's the way it should be."

It was the first Cup for Adams, the ex-Maple Leaf, and the sensation was everything he thought it would be.

"It was almost surreal out there," he said. "You lift that Cup up and you've dreamed about it a million times, but actually doing it is a feeling like no other.

"When you lift that Cup over your head, you have flashbacks of everything you've done and everything you've ever worked for. You're proud for yourself, but you so proud of your team.

"It's so great. I'm just so proud of this team.

The Hurricanes had taken the series to the limit after holding a 3-1 lead. But last night they played an excellent game and deserved to win.

"We knew we didn't earn the Stanley Cup in Game 5 or Game 6," Adams said.

"We knew we had to go and earn this thing and we did."

On hand for the triumph was Adams' father, and after the game, the son gave his dad a big hug.

"I just thanked him because I know I wouldn't be here if it weren't for all the sacrifices he made," Adams said.

"It was just Father's Day a day late."


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