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Fans tailgate outside PNC Arena ahead of 1st playoff game in Raleigh in decade

Fans tailgate outside PNC Arena ahead of 1st playoff game in Raleigh in decade


THEY HAD A CHANCE TO CHECK OUT THE BRAND NEW STADIUM THIS WEEKEND. THAT’S THE NEW MASCOT TOO. THE CANES ARE LOOKING TO CUT INTO THAT TWO GAME DEFICIT AGAINST THE DEFENDING STANLEY CUP CHAMPS. NO BETTER PLACE TO FIGHT FOR ANOTHER GAME THAN AT PNC ARENA. OUR TODD GIBSON LIVE WHERE PEOPLE ALREADY TAILGATING. HEY, GIBBY. Reporter: THEY ARE. THE PNC PARKING LOT IS ALIVE WITH PLAYOFF HOCKEY. THESE YOUNG GUYS PLAYING PLAYOFF HOCKEY IN THE PARKING LOT HERE. ONE OF THOSE, LAST TIME THERE WAS PLAYOFF HOCKEY HERE AT PNC ARENA. YOU CAN SEE THE DALE GATERS GETTING READY. DRINKING A FEW BEERS. RELAXING. KNOWS ALL ABOUT PLAYOFF HOCKEY. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S BEEN THAT LONG SINCE YOU’VE HAD PLAYOFF HOCKEY HERE? I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT TODAY. I WASN’T ABLE TO COME IN 2009. WE’D JUST HAD OUR OLDEST KID SO WE HAD 2009. ONE OF THOSE OLD ENOUGH TO PLAY HOCKEY. I HAVEN’T BEEN TO A PLAYOFF GAME SINCE 2006. WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE TONIGHT? THE LOUDEST ARENA IN THE NHL. WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS PLACE IS GOING TO BE LIKE? IT WAS SO MUCH FUN BACK THEN. GUYS WERE READY TO COME IN THERE AND BE AS LOUD AS THEY CAN. FAN BASES GET TO COME TOGETHER AND PULL FOR THE SAME TEAM. THAT’S ALWAYS EXCITING. QUICKLY, DO THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO COME BACK? DOWN 2-0. JUST TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME, STEAL ONE IN WASHINGTON AND CANES IN SIX. I LIKE THE ENTHUSIASM.

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