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Yes, Hurricanes brought the ‘Storm Surge’ back

Montreal Canadiens v Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 3: Lucas Wallmark #71 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammate Martin Necas #88 after scoring a first period goal during an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on October 3, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Right before the Carolina Hurricanes broke their playoff drought in 2018-19, Justin Williams announced that the “Storm Surge” would be put on ice.

With Williams on hiatus, and the 2019-20 season upon us, it was fair to wonder if that bunch of jerks would dust off that post-win celebration again. The answer appears to be “Yes.”

Dougie Hamilton led the first “Storm Surge” after the Hurricanes slipped by the Montreal Canadiens via a 4-3 shootout win on Thursday, putting Carolina at 1-for-1 for such opportunities (Surge-itunities?)

The Hurricanes decided to keep it simple with their classic celebration this time around.

Maybe a tough game against the Habs left them too drained to be creative? Either way, it’s going to be tough to top last year’s imaginative displays, but it will be fun to watch the Hurricanes try.

Any suggestions for the Hurricanes? The basketball dunking bit was a personal favorite.

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.