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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hurricanes beat Bs, lose Hedican

On Friday night, the Hurricanes held off the visiting Bruins with a 4-3 victory. They also got some injured forwards back in action. Unfortunately, they saw another key player suffer an injury when Bret Hedican's right knee buckled after a routine check.
Just when I thought the Canes would have to recall some more forwards from Albany, they got Chad "Sharpie" LaRose back from his concussion, they got Craig Adams back from his two game suspension and they were fortunate that Andrew Ladd didn't have to miss any action. He was fitted with a collegiate-style full cage to protect his face after he suffered a fractured zygoma. In the wake of that, instead of calling up another skater from Albany, the Canes reassigned Brandon Nolan.

Carolina got even strength goals from Rod Brind'Amour and Mike Commodore. They got a power play goal from Eric Staal and they got their second shorthanded goal in as many games after Sharpie was awarded a penalty shot in the second period.

In the first period, the Bruins had a shorthanded goal of their own when Chuck Kobasew beat Cam Ward. Kobasew is former Flames property, and played with the Lowell Lock Monsters alongside some of the current Hurricanes.

Carolina suffered yet another injury. Bret Hedican fell awkwardly and his right knee folded under him after a routine collision. He was in a good deal of pain, but left the ice without a whole lot of help. Unfortunately, he'll be out for a couple of weeks. Carolina has recalled defenseman Wade Brookbank from Albany. Brookbank played well in the preseason, but is a career AHLer with just a few dozen NHL games played in his 10 year hockey career. He's a big dude, which will help Carolina quite a bit, but he might not see a ton of ice time. Dennis Seidenberg has been playing great hockey alongside Hedican, so he'll have to adjust to having a new partner, whoever it is.

Carolina plays at Columbus tonight.

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