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November 29, 2002 - Wings are ready for Cup rematch
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Wings are ready for Cup rematch


By Ted Kulfan / The Detroit News

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   DETROIT -- The Red Wings Revenge Tour drives on.
   Last week, the Canucks took their shot and defeated the Red Wings, 4-1, in Vancouver. The Wings eliminated the Canucks from the first round of last year's playoffs in six games.
   Now it's the Hurricanes' turn.
   Carolina welcomes Detroit back to the RBC Center tonight for the teams' only regular-season meeting. The Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes in five games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
   "It'll be nice to go back there," Red Wings center Kris Draper said. "It was a great series."
   Draper was quick to point out his clearest memory of the two victories in Raleigh, N.C., during the Finals -- and maybe the key moment of the playoffs for the Wings.
   "Igor's (Larionov) goal will be implanted in memories for a long time," Draper said of Larionov's triple-overtime winner in Game 3 that gave the Wings a two-games-to-one series lead.
   While the Red Wings are in a better frame of mind after ending a three-game winless streak Wednesday, there's still more improvement needed if they are to make a return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
   "The key now is to put together a win streak," Draper said.
   The Hurricanes lost to red-hot Vancouver on Wednesday. But Carolina is still in second place in the Southeast Division, three points behind Tampa Bay.
   The Hurricanes, however, are winless in four consecutive home games (0-3-1).
   "It's frustrating as heck right now," Hurricanes Coach Paul Maurice said.