For the first time in two weeks, the Canes played a home game. They pulled out an overtime win against the hot Thrashers 5-4. Certainly, you'd rather win divisional games in regulation, but they'll gladly take the two points.
Unfortunately, between working two jobs, the quality and quantity of posts here is going to suffer. This will be no exception.
Carolina got markers from Eric Staal, Scott Walker, Andrew Hutchinson and Ryan Bayda in regulation.
In the overtime period, Anton "Yentl" Babchuk got the game winner. It didn't happen anything like what you would expect when you hear "Anton Babchuk got the game winner". You would think that he drilled a one-timer or a right point slapshot through heavy traffic whilst on the power play. You would think wrong.
Viva was down on the goal line to the left of the goal. He saw Babchuk in the high slot completely alone. Babs took the pass, came in on Kari Lehtonen, and used finesse rather than power to get the goal. He forced Lehtonen to make a commitment to an early shot. A really nasty toe drag move later, Babchuk lifted a soft backhander past the befuddled Lehtonen for the winner. It was the kind of fancy move that would make Alexander Ovechkin or Maxim Afinogenov jealous.
Tonight, the Canes go back on the road for the front end of a home-and-home with the Bolts. I'll have a better recap of that one.
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