On Friday night, the Hurricanes took care of their own business by defeating the pesky Florida Panthers in the final game of a four game home stand. Carolina now has 102 standings points, and have clinched the Southeast division with nine games to go.
Immediately following the game, t-shirts were on sale. My first inclination was to skip the t-shirt, but I eventually gave in, selecting the shirt pictured at right. There were identical red ones and a different red one that I wasn't crazy about.
Although it wasn't a perfectly played game, the boys looked good for most of it. Most of them did anyway. In the first period, Carolina was awarded many power play chances, and at least two five-on-three situations. They couldn't cash in on the five on three, but they got their first goal, a power play tally, at 19:19 of the first. It came just after one of two penalized players came back on the ice. It was pretty much all Ray Whitney, but Eric Staal picked up an assist on the play, giving him 50 helpers for the year. Added to his 42 goals, he's got 92 points.
At 3:31 of the second, the Recchin' ball made it 2-1 with a redirection of a blue line blast from Frantisek Kaberle. Justin Williams also got an assist on the goal.
After AWard made a big mistake which resulted in a Florida goal, the game was tied at two at the 8:36 mark. Mike Van Ryn was given credit for the goal, but it went in off AWard's stick.
While Sharpie was in the box feeling shame, the Canes were able to notch a shorthanded tally to surge ahead 3-2. Kevyn Adams cleared the puck out of the zone with a three-demensional pass. CrAdams raced in on an attempted breakaway, but Luongo was able to get to the puck first by coming way out of his crease. Unfortunately for Luongo and the Panthers, he whiffed on his clearing attempt, CrAdams picked up the loose puck and fired it into the mainly empty net. The shorthander proved to be the game winner, and it earned first star honors for CrAdams.
Worth noting is that Mikey "Bathrobe" Commodore is playing brilliantly. He was far and away the best defensive player on Friday. His hair looks great too. He's already well on his way to a playoff afro. I can't wait to see his playoff beard in person.
Saturday night, the Canes will be in action on the road against the Thrashers. Puck drop at 7:00.
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