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Canes fans welcome home winners

Posted April 29, 2009 6:28 a.m. EDT
Updated April 29, 2009 2:38 p.m. EDT

— Hundreds of Carolina Hurricanes fans cheered as their team arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport early Wednesday after beating the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Tuesday night in one of the greatest last-minute comebacks in NHL history.

"I've seen a lot of stuff, but nothing quite like this," said fan Corbin Cummings.

Brooke Bailey said she begged her dad to let her go to RDU to welcome the team home, even though it was a school night for her.

"(He) told me I had to wake up real good tomorrow or I couldn't go again. So, I'm kind of excited," she said. "I've been a 'Canes fan since I was born. I was kind of born when they came here."

Fans waived signs and screamed as players drove by, leaving the airport.

"I'm a big sports fan, but there's nothing like playoff hockey," said fan Freddie Bailey.

Carolina next plays the top-seeded Bruins in a series that starts on Friday in Boston.