Before the first game of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, Ray Whitney was interviewed on the ice. After it was over, Justin Williams was interviewed on the bench. Their national TV appearances are as close to sharing a conversation as the two former Carolina Hurricanes will come as they fight it out for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

One way or another, the Hurricanes will be represented in the finals: Williams with the Los Angeles Kings, who struck first with a 4-2 road win Sunday, or Whitney and Radim Vrbata with the Phoenix Coyotes. Williams and Whitney have the ultimate bond, having won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, but for the duration of this series, it's broken.