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Friday, February 22, 2008

Carolina wins big game, Laviolette passes Brooks

On Thursday, the Hurricanes defeated the listless Thrashers 5-3 to widen their lead in the SE division. Atlanta came out as flat as they were when they played that awful game on Long Island. Carolina got a very well rounded game, getting goals from five different players.

Sergei Samsonov got the memo about the rules change concerning kicked pucks. His goal in the second period might have been disallowed under the old "distinct kicking motion" criteria, but was allowed under the new rule.

Scott Walker had a huge game, registering the game winning goal and two assists. Ray Whitney, Ryan Bayda and Keith Aucoin had the other goals.

With the win, Peter Laviolette has 220 NHL coaching victories, which allows him to pass the late Herb Brooks on the list of coaching wins by US-born coaches.

Speaking of Herb Brooks, today (February 22) is the 28th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. Let's all take off our hats in honor of that.

Carolina will have another huge game on Saturday against Washington, with a chance to really distance themselves from the pelloton. All indications are that the Hurricanes will have Patrick Eaves in the lineup for the first time on Saturday.

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