Hammersmith-Studios: Blog http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Thompson gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:32:00 GMT Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:32:00 GMT http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/img/s/v-5/u417920171-o628642622-50.jpg Hammersmith-Studios: Blog http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog 120 68 'Canes Upend Panthers in Raleigh http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/2/canes-upend-panthers-in-raleigh Centers Riley Nash (20) and Scott Gomez (23) faceoff in the secoCenters Riley Nash (20) and Scott Gomez (23) faceoff in the secoCenters Riley Nash (20) and Scott Gomez (23) faceoff in the second period. Carolina defeated Florida 5-1 on February 7, 2014. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

The Carolina Hurricanes got five goals by five different players to take down the visiting Florida Panthers on Friday night at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, 5-1. The ‘Canes jumped on the board early in the first on a goal by Riley Nash, his eighth of the season and fifth point in five games (3g, 2a) against Florida. Carolina has now moved its record to 16-1-4 when they score the first goal. Hurricane forward Alexander Semin put his team up two moments later when Panthers goalie Tim Thomas had a shot rebound out into the slot in front of a wide-open Semin. The goal is his 14th of the season and his eighth in his last ten games.

Florida, determined to stay close, answered later in the period. A Dylan Olsen shot bounced softly off the left foot of Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin. Florida center Nick Bjugstad was crashing and found himself with the puck and an open look. The scoring in the wild first period wasn’t finished and Hurricane defenseman, Brett Bellemore, rifled one past Thomas to take a two-goal lead into the first intermission.

Florida came out firing in the second period, however, another Hurricane goal got starting goalie Tim Thomas pulled for back-up Scott Clemmensen. Jiri Tlusty got the fourth Hurricane goal after an aggressive Thomas moved to the top of the crease to stop a shot from Hurricane captain Eric Staal and was unable to control the rebound. The puck fell harmlessly behind him and in front of Tlusty. The shot by Staal moved him ahead of Carolina’s current VP of Hockey Operations, Ron Francis, for first on the franchise’s all-time shots list at 2,542. The Hurricanes added an insurance goal in the third on a power play blast from the blue-line from Andrej Sekera. The goal is his career-high fourth of the season.

Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin was named the NHL first star of the month in January and his play tonight doesn’t show any signs of him slowing down. The win moves his record to 13-5-0 in 19 appearances this season. Carolina has one game left before the Olympic break. Montreal visits Raleigh on Saturday evening. Carolina has now scored a point or more in 20 of their 31 home games this season. They won’t see much of Raleigh after the break. In their remaining games only nine will be played on home ice and the team will play their remaining 25 games in 48 nights. A tough stretch for a team battling to stay in the thick of a playoff spot in the ultra competitive (except for Pittsburgh) Metropolitan division.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Alexander Semin Andrej Sekera Anton Khubodin Brett Bellemore Carolina Hurricanes Dylan Olsen Eric Staal Inside Hockey Jiri Tlusty NHL Nick Bjugstad Riley Nash Ron Francis Scott Clemmensen Tim Thomas http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/2/canes-upend-panthers-in-raleigh Sat, 08 Feb 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Late Goal by Winnipeg Leaves Bad Taste in Hurricane Mouths http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/2/late-goal-by-winnipeg-leaves-bad-taste-in-hurricane-mouths Justin Faulk is trying to get the bad taste of the game out of hJustin Faulk is trying to get the bad taste of the game out of hJustin Faulk is trying to get the bad taste of the game out of his mouth. Winnipeg defeated Carolina 2-1 on Tuesady, February 4th. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

In a closely matched contest in any sport the deciding factor in the game typically comes down to one specific play. That is exactly what ultimately decided Tuesday nights game between the Carolina Hurricanes and visiting Winnipeg Jets. Tied at one with less than two minutes to play Carolina was unable to clear the puck from their zone and Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba took the puck and circled in behind the Carolina net. His wrap around attempt slipped through the crease and right wind Chris Thorburn was waiting on Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin’s glove side. The game winner went in with a 1:03 showing on the clock.

The game marked the return of Winnipeg coach, Paul Maurice, to Raleigh. Maurice was the Hurricane coach when the team moved to Raleigh from Hartford in 1997 until he was let go 30 games into the 03/04 season and again five seasons later when he replaced Peter Laviolette (who replaced him after the first firing). Since taking over as coach of the Jets on January 12th of this year, Maurice is now 9-2.

Carolina has two home games left before the Olympic break. The Florida Panthers on Friday and the Canadiens on Saturday.

 

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes Inside Hockey NHL http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/2/late-goal-by-winnipeg-leaves-bad-taste-in-hurricane-mouths Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:00:00 GMT
'Canes Sink the Blues 3-1 http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/canes-sink-the-blues-3-1 Vladimir Sobotka (17) goes hard into the end wall after gettingVladimir Sobotka (17) goes hard into the end wall after gettingVladimir Sobotka (17) goes hard into the end wall after getting tangled with Justin Faulk (27). Carolina defeated St. Louis 3-1 on January 31, 2014. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

14-1-4, that is the Carolina Hurricanes record this season when scoring first. Getting out to an early lead is even more important after coming off a shut-out loss to Montreal and welcoming the Western division power St. Louis Blues to Raleigh.    Hurricane forward Nathan Gerbe got Carolina that early lead 3:46 into the first period on the power play.  With Blues forward Brendan Morrow in the box for hi-sticking (his first of three trips to the sin bin for the game), 'Canes defenseman Andrej Sekera found Gerbe in a soft spot in the zone and he was able to bury it past Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak. St. Louis was able to answer later in the period on a power play of their own. Blues captain, David Backes, got behind the Carolina defense and buried one glove side on Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin. The teams went to the first intermission tied at one.

Carolina jumped back on top early in the second period. Jordan Staal one a face-off for the Hurricanes to the right of Halak. The puck found its way to Jeff Skinner who blasted home his team leading 23rd goal of the year. Anton Khubodin and the rest of the Hurricane defense did most of the rest to allow this to be the eventual game winner. Alexander Semin capped off the game with highlight worth empty net goal with Halak pulled for the extra skater. Semin stole the puck in the neutral zone only to fall to his knees with the puck in front of him. He some how managed to move the puck from his backhand to forehand all while regaining his edge and slapped it past Blues winger Valdimir Tarasenko who skated back to protect the empty net.

Anton Khudobin has now moved his record to 12-4-0 on the season and his 2.24 GAA and .925 SV% will likely drop ever so slightly.  With Cam Ward finally healthy and on a reconditioning stint with the Charlotte Checkers, Hurricanes management will have some decision making to do when it comes to the net minder.  Ward will likely get the start again for the Checkers on Saturday and rejoin the team next week. The question is will they keep three goalies on the roster? Khudobin has clearly earned the number one spot and Justin Peters would have to clear waivers to be sent back to the AHL.

Tonight was the first of a four game home stand before the Olympic break.  Winnipeg and Former Hurricane coach Paul Maurice come to town Tuesday night.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Alexander Semin Anton Khubodin Brendan Morrow Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes Inside Hockey Jaroslav Halak Jeff Skinner Jordan Staal Justin Peters NHL Nathan Gerbe http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/canes-sink-the-blues-3-1 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Staal in the Family, 'Canes Rally to Beat Columbus http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/staal-in-the-family-canes-rally-to-beat-columbus Hurricane captain Eric Staal shows emotion after tying the gameHurricane captain Eric Staal shows emotion after tying the gameHurricane captain Eric Staal shows emotion after tying the game at two in the third period. Carolina rallied to defeat Columbus 3-2 on January 27, 2014 (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

Carolina Hurricane captain Eric Staal scored twice in the third period and his brother Jordan added the game winner moments later to cap a 3-2 come-back victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night.

Tonight's game was the third of five meetings between the Metropolitan division rivals. Columbus took the first two of the season and were winners of seven in a row against the Hurricanes. For Carolina to leap-frog Columbus in the standings they would need to play a full 60 minute game against a physical Blue Jacket team.  Columbus jumped on top early. After a point shot rattled off the pipes and Anton Khubodin was unable to control it, Columbus center Derek MacKenzie buried his fifth of the year. 17 seconds later, another rebound in front of Khubodin allowed  RJ Umberger to net his 14th goal of the season. Each team managed 7 shots a piece in the opening period and Columbus took the two goal lead into the first intermission.

The second period saw a Carolina team that wouldn't give up and a battle of goalies. The Hurricanes defense held Columbus to nine shots, but not many were true scoring opportunities. Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin came up big on the ones that were and allowed the Hurricanes to stay within striking distance.  Carolina's offense managed 17 shots on last years Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jacket net minder turned them all away.

Carolina can seem to score in bunches at the PNC Arena after they manage to find the net for their first one. Half-way through the third period the dam broke. Alexander Semin left the puck in the left wing circle for a trailing Eric Staal and the captain slipped it 5-hole on Bobrovsky.  Exactly one minute later captain Staal struck again off a centering pass from behind the Columbus net by Jiri Tlusty.  The game winner came when Jordan Staal stole the puck in the neutral zone and was able to walk-in on Blue Jacket defenseman Ryan Murray and slip a back-hand by the leg of Bobrovsky.

The Hurricane victory moved the team into third in the Metropolitan division standings, two points behind the Rangers for second and tied with Detroit in the Wild Card standings.  In their 5 games left before the Olympic break, four of them are at home. The only one that is away is Tuesday night in Montreal. The back-to-back game will mark the 13th of 20 sets of games for Carolina this season. Only the New Jersey Devils (22) will play more back-to-back games this season.  The Hurricanes are 7-4-1 in the front halves and 4-5-3 in the back halves thus far.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Alexander Semin Anton Khubodin Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Derek MacKenzie Eric Staal Hurricanes Inside Hockey Jordan Staal NHL RJ Umberger Sergei Bobrovsky http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/staal-in-the-family-canes-rally-to-beat-columbus Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Bishop Sets Lightning Save Record in 5-3 Victory over 'Canes http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/bishop-sets-lightning-save-record-in-5-3-victory-over-canes Keeping his eye on the puck. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop saves aKeeping his eye on the puck. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop saves aKeeping his eye on the puck. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop saves a first period shot by the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay defeated Carolina 5-3 on January 19, 2014. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop set a new franchise record for saves with a 48 for 51 performance in a Tampa Bay victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. Carolina was able to manage 17 shots each period and only managed three goals while Tampa Bay netted their first three goals in the first period on a mere 8 shots.

Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio opened the scoring with his first ever NHL goal and blasted in a second late in the middle period. Barberio's goals marked the first time a defenseman has tallied his first two NHL goals in the same game since Slava Voynov of the Kings accomplished it in Dallas on October 27, 2011 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau). Tampa added goals by Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov in the first to take a three goal lead into the first intermission and ran Carolina starting goalie Justin Peters to the bench to be replaced by Anton Khubodin.

The Lightning continued to strike early in the second. Teddy Purcell found himself alone in the crease after Khuodin was spun out of position trying to make a save. The bouncing puck ended up in his lap and he slapped it in to run the score to 4-0.  The Hurricanes, who were shut out by this team the last time Tampa Bay was in Raleigh, were not destined for history to repeat. Hurricane winger Alexander Semin scored his ninth of the season on a power play and a short time later captain Eric Staal cut the deficit in half when he netted his eleventh of the year.

The third period saw consistent pressure by the Hurricanes but it proved no match for Bishop.  The Lightning net-minder has now run his record to 3-0-0 against Carolina this season.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Alexander Semin Anton Khubodin Ben Bishop Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Hurricanes Inside Hockey Justin Peters Mark Barberio NHL Nikita Kucherov Ondrej Palat Slava Voynov http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/bishop-sets-lightning-save-record-in-5-3-victory-over-canes Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:00:00 GMT
Karri Ramo and Flames Blank ‘Canes http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/karri-ramo-and-flames-blank-canes Nathan Gerbe (14) is unable to elevate the puck over the right lNathan Gerbe (14) is unable to elevate the puck over the right lNathan Gerbe (14) is unable to elevate the puck over the right leg of Karri Ramo (31). Calgary blanks Carolina 2-0 on January 13, 2014. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

Karri Ramo earned his first career NHL shut-out tonight as the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. Calgary center Mikael Backlund scored the eventual game winner in the second on a power play. The goal marks the first time this season he has scored in consecutive games. Sean Monahan added the clincher in the third and that goal moved him to third among NHL rookies with 13.

Carolina has now been shut out 2 consecutive games. The first time that has happened since the 11-12 season. Carolina, who struggled early in the season to find the net had gotten hot of late scoring 20 goals in their last five games. Friday night in Columbus the Hurricanes, who played well, ran into Sergei Bobrovsky. Tonight they made Karri Ramo look like Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Hurricane offense never got on track against a Calgary team struggling to score goals. How badly have they struggled? On the power play with less than two minutes remaining Carolina pulled goalie Anton Khubodin to even the skaters.  Calgary had three wide open looks at an empty net and completely missed two and one went off the post.

Carolina now has four days off before back-to-back home games against Florida and Tampa.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) ANTON CALGARY CAROLINA FLAMES HURRICANES KARRI KHUDOBIN MIKAEL BACKLUND PHOTO GALLERY RAMO SEAN MONAHAN SERGEI BOBROVSKY SLIDER http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/karri-ramo-and-flames-blank-canes Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:30:00 GMT
‘Canes Win Fifth Straight, Dominate Leafs http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/-canes-win-fifth-straight-dominate-leafs James Reimer (34) kick-save against Elias Lindholm (16). CarolinJames Reimer (34) kick-save against Elias Lindholm (16). CarolinJames Reimer (34) kick-save against Elias Lindholm (16). Carolina defeated Toronto 6-1 on Thursday, January 9th. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

The Carolina Hurricanes came into Thursday night’s game riding a four-game winning streak, but a team affected by the winter weather that had crippled much of the country.  Their Tuesday night game against the Buffalo Sabres was cancelled due to a polar vortex. What that means is the team spent close to 48 hours cooped up in a hotel in Buffalo. There were questions as to which team would take the ice against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. The team that has caught fire since their come-back New Years Eve win against Montreal or the team that would show signs of rust and have to battle against a struggling Toronto club.

The question was answered early in the first period. Carolina forward Zach Boychuck slipped a back-hand past Leafs goalie James Reimer. Jeff Skinner, of the Hurricanes, continued his career high point streak to 6 games when he picked a clean rebound past Reimer on the power play. The goal was Skinner’s 21st of the season and his 17th in the last 17 games. Jordan Staal, playing without his brother and Carolina captain Eric in the line-up for the second straight game, earned his 300th NHL point with the assist.

Toronto left winger Joffrey Lupul tried keeping the game within reach for the visiting Maple Leafs, when he muscled the puck past Carolina goalie Anton Khubodin. Carolina, however, kept their foot on the gas pedal and got out of the first period maintaining a two-goal lead when, minutes before the period ended, Patrick Dwyer beat James Reimer with a wrist shot.

Eight days ago these same two teams worked out a trade. Carolina sent assistant captain and veteran locker-room presence Tim Gleason to Toronto for John-Michael Liles and the rights to defenseman Dennis Robertson.  Thursday nights game marked the return of the Hurricane fan favorite Gleason to Raleigh. Carolina got the better of the trade, as least as far as the game tonight went. Liles scored on a break-away for the only goal of the second period and lifted the Carolina lead to 4-1.

Toronto skated into the third period on a power play carried over from late in the second and desperate to play themselves back into the game. Assistant captain Jordan Staal ended that chance just 25 seconds into the period.  Staal stole the puck, drove up ice, and netted Carolina’s league-leading eighth short-handed goal of the season, the first however, at home.  Late in the period when Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf decided to take his frustrations out on Hurricane players, Carolina was on the power play again and again they took advantage of the extra skater. Elias Lindholm, in his first game back since being assigned to his native Sweden for the Word Juniors, picked up his fourth of the season.  Assisting on the play was Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal. For Staal, the four points earned tonight matches his career high, the last coming while still with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Carolina left the arena and straight to the airport for a flight out to Columbus and a rematch with a Blue Jackets team they lost to on December 23rd.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) ANTON KHUDOBIN BUFFALO SABRES CAROLINA HURRICANES COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DENNIS ROBERTSON DION PHANEUF ELIAS LINDHOLM JAMES REIMER JEFF SKINNER JOFFREY LUPUL JOHN-MICHAEL LILES JORDAN STAAL PATRICK DWYER PITTSBURGH PENGUINS SLIDER TIM GLEASON TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ZACH BOYCHUK http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/-canes-win-fifth-straight-dominate-leafs Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Skinner Makes Case to Team Canada, Game Winner Beats Preds 2-1 http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/skinner-makes-case-to-team-canada-game-winner-beats-preds-2-1 Jeff Skinner (53) chases Roman Josi (59). Carolina defeated NashJeff Skinner (53) chases Roman Josi (59). Carolina defeated NashJeff Skinner (53) chases Roman Josi (59). Carolina defeated Nashville 2-1 on January 5, 2014. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

Canada is set to name their roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday Morning.  Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes might be the hottest Canadian player in the NHL over the last 5 weeks and hopes to hear his name called. Skinner has earned 22 points (16g, 6a) over his last 16 games.  The last two points came as the game winner against the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.

With Carolina captain sidelined with a lower body injury head coach Kirk Muller asked Skinner to step into the first line center role. While his face off percentage might not have been equivalent to what Staal brings to the line up, his play in the offensive zone did. The scoring opened in the first period with a Skinner assist to line-mate Alexander Semin who somehow wedged the puck in from behind the net off the back of Nashville goalie Carter Hutton.

Carolina was content to play the Smashville style for the entire first two periods and were out-shot by the Predators 23 to 19 over the first 40 minutes.  Coming out of the second period intermission, Carolina's hectic schedule (6 games in 10 nights) seemed to slow the Hurricanes down.  Nashville took advantage on a power play and right-winger Patric Hornqvist kicked, sorry, deflected the puck off his skate past Carolina goalie Anton Khubodin.

Khubodin in only his third game back from an ankle injury that placed him on IR in October has been perfect on the season. The Russian net minder moves his record to 5-0 1.99 GA average and save percentage of .940.  Granted this is over a small body of work but the confidence he has shown over the last couple of nights proved to the Carolina coaches that they should stick with the hot hand and start Khudobin over Justin Peters, who had tallied a win against the Predators in Nashville on December the 5th.

Like this Carolina team has done all season, they kept fighting and when Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu centered a pass to Jeff Skinner with 3:31 left in the game he was able to bury it 5-hole on Carter Hutton.  Canes win, Canes win, Jeff Skinner game winner! Did you hear that coach Babcock?

Carolina heads to Buffalo on Tuesday to take on the struggling Sabres before coming back home to welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs into Raleigh for the first time this season.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Alexander Semin Anton Khubodin Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Hurricanes Inside Hockey Jeff Skinner Justin Peters Kirk Muller NHL Nashville Predators http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2014/1/skinner-makes-case-to-team-canada-game-winner-beats-preds-2-1 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:00:00 GMT
'Canes Rally to Beat Habs in OT http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/canes-rally-to-beat-habs-in-ot Jeff Skinner (53) slides between David Desharnais (51) and AndreJeff Skinner (53) slides between David Desharnais (51) and AndreJeff Skinner (53) slides between David Desharnais (51) and Andrei Markov (79). Carolina rallies to beat Montreal 5-4 in OT (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

It might be a little early still in the season for a team to have a must win game.  With Carolina trying to stay within reach of a playoff spot in a jumbled Metropolitan division, that is what this game felt like for the team.  Going 0-3-2 in their last 5, Carolina was desperate for the 2 point win. That desperation was nowhere to be found in the first 40 minutes of the New Years Eve game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Lars Eller opened the scoring for Montreal 1:20 into the first and Max Pacioretty netted the next two to ride a 3  goal lead into the second intermission.  Carolina was not without their chances to keep the game close early.  They out-shot Montreal 25 -16 and was o for 8 on the power play. Offensive woes  have plagued this team all season.  Coming into tonights game the Hurricanes stood last in the league in points scored.

With all of the chances put on Habs goalie, Carey Price, it felt like if the Hurricanes could get the first one to go in the flood gates might open. With Montreal continuing to keep the penalty box seat warm that is what happened 1:38 into the third.  With Andrei Markov in the box for hooking and Brendan Gallagher serving time for the bench abusing the officials, Jeff Skinner scored on the 5 on 3 and then again less than a minute later when he made a nice move in the left circle and beat Price stick side high. Eric Staal cleaned up a loose puck in front of the Montreal to complete the come back in a span of 2:29.  Manny Malhotra put the 'Canes up for the first time at the 8:16 mark but Montreal answered back two minutes later when PK Subban blasted a shot from the blue line. With momentum on the Carolina side a boarding call and and unsportsmanlike conduct call on captain Eric Staal gave Montreal the man advantage for the remainder of regulation and into overtime if they could get it there. The double minor was killed and with a minute left Alexander Semin closed it out with a snap shot past Price.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Hurricanes Inside Hockey Jeff Skinner Montreal Canadiens NHL http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/canes-rally-to-beat-habs-in-ot Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Pens Edge ‘Canes in OT http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/pens-edge-canes-in-ot James Neal (18) attempts a wrist shot in front of Mike KomiserekJames Neal (18) attempts a wrist shot in front of Mike KomiserekJames Neal (18) attempts a wrist shot in front of Mike Komiserek (5). Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 4-3 in OT. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

James Neal extended Pittsburgh’s Christmas a couple of days with a two point present in a game they should not have earned a point. Neal scored just a minute into the overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina jumped out to the early lead in the game when Andrej Sekera slipped a puck past Marc-Andre Fleury with barely a second left in the opening period.  Sidney Crosby netted his 21st of the season just 16 seconds into the second period but the resilient Hurricanes answered back a mere 14 seconds later with a rebound goal by Nathan Gerbe.

For the second time in the last two games Carolina took a lead into the final 20 minutes only to see it disappear.  Chris Conner made a move on Carolina rookie defenseman Ryan Murphy and goalie Justin Peters wasn’t ready to defend. Conner’s 4th of the season tied the game at 2.  Later in the period Ryan Murphy was again the victim. This time a point shot by Deryk Engelland found his rear end, with Peters screened by Joe Vitale, the puck fell into the net.  Unlike their loss to Columbus before Christmas, this time Carolina found a way to answer.  On a great shift from the fourth line, Drayson Bowman was able to get a wrap-around goal and send the game into overtime.

The Hurricanes managed two shots on Fleury before Neal and Jussi Jokinen played give and go allowing Neal to slip in past the Carolina defense. Neal’s goal was his 11th of the season.

Carolina will board a plane to Toronto on Saturday for their game against the Leafs on Sunday and will be back in Raleigh for a New Years Eve matchup with Montreal.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes Inside Hockey James Neal NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/pens-edge-canes-in-ot Sat, 28 Dec 2013 04:00:00 GMT
Ovie’s 400th Caps Washington Victory http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/ovie-s-400th-caps-washington-victory Alex Ovechkin ices the game with his 400th NHL goal. The CapitalAlex Ovechkin ices the game with his 400th NHL goal. The CapitalAlex Ovechkin ices the game with his 400th NHL goal. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes 4-2 on 12-20-13 (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

Alex Ovechkin’s 400th NHL goal was one of the easiest he has scored.  With Washington up 3-2 and Cam Ward pulled for the extra skater, Ovie stole the puck in the neutral zone and streaked towards the empty net.  Carolina was the better team tonight 5-on-5, however penalties are called in the NHL and Washington went 3 for 4.

Jordan Staal opened scoring in the first when he slipped one stick side low by Phillip Grubauer.  Washington went into the first intermission down by one but with time left over on a power play.  41 seconds into the second they pulled even.  Cam Ward wasn’t able to cleanly freeze the puck and Marcus Johansson was able to clean up the play.  John Carlson put the Caps up one with a blast from the blue line.  Carolina battled back, on a power play of their own, Riley Nash was the beneficiary of a rebound and tied the game at two.  Minutes later Troy Brouwer tipped in the eventual game winner on a point shot by Mike Green.

After 5 days off the Canes are now in the middle of 3 in 4 and boarded a plane immediately after the game to head to Tampa.

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gthom1116@gmail.com (Hammersmith-Studios) Alex Ovechkin Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes Inside Hockey NHL Washington Capitals http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/ovie-s-400th-caps-washington-victory Sat, 21 Dec 2013 04:00:00 GMT
'Canes Battle Back, Beat Sharks 5-3 http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/12/canes-battle-back-beat-sharks-5-3  

Jay Harrison's 2nd period blast slips in behind Alex Stalock (32). Carolina beat San Jose 5-3 on Friday, December 6. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)Jay Harrison's 2nd period blast slips in behind Alex Stalock (32). Carolina beat San Jose 5-3 on Friday, December 6. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)Jay Harrison's 2nd period blast slips in behind Alex Stalock (32). Carolina beat San Jose 5-3 on Friday, December 6. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

The Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks are coming into Raleigh fresh off their worst loss of the season Thursday night to Pittsburgh. The Carolina Hurricanes came back to Raleigh fresh off an impressive win over Nashville. Both teams have played 6 games in the last ten days. Both teams hoped for a fast start to the game. San Jose to put the memory of last night behind them, Carolina to build on the momentum of their new found offense. San Jose got their wish and jumped all over Carolina with two goals in the first period. Tommy Wingels got the games first goal on a redirection of a Jason Demers shot from the left wing circle. Marc-Edouard Vlassic slipped one in behind Cam Ward on a pass from Joe Thornton, his 27th assist of the year.

Jay Harrison kept the Hurricanes alive in the second when he rifled a shot through traffic and past Alex Stalock. Harrison was also involved in the game tying goal early in the third period when Riley Nash cleaned up his rebound. Two minutes later the Hurricanes grabbed their first lead of the game when Jordan Staal made his presence felt after Stalock was unable to cover a shot by Nathan Gerbe. San Jose was not done. Justin Braun zipped a puck past Cam Ward glove side from the blue line and the game was again tied, now at three.

Instead of slowing down and playing for overtime, Carolina kept the pressure on. Andrej Sekera slid across the ice, found an opening and his wrist shot was redirected by Elias Lindholm for the eventual game winner. The first of Lindholm’s young career. Eric Staal added an empty netter with 30 seconds left to halt the Sharks attempt to tie it up with Stalock on the bench.

The loss marks San Jose’s first on the season when leading after two periods and Carolina’s second come-back win when trailing heading into the final period.

The Hurricanes head out Saturday for a four-game, Nine-day road trip that begins in Vancouver on Monday.

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Bruins Too Much for 'Canes http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/11/bruins-too-much-for-canes Matt Bartkowski (43) and Jarome Iginla (12) celebrate third period goal. Boston defeated Carolina 4-1 on 11-18-13 (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson).Matt Bartkowski (43) and Jarome Iginla (12) celebrate third period goal. Boston defeated Carolina 4-1 on 11-18-13 (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson).Matt Bartkowski (43) and Jarome Iginla (12) celebrate third period goal. Boston defeated Carolina 4-1 on 11-18-13 (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson).

When your offense is struggling to find the back of the net, the Boston Bruins are probably not the team you look forward to playing. Especially when they are coming off a loss to Ottawa where they gave up four unanswered goals. The Hurricanes knew the Bruins were going to try and get out to an early lead and they were unable to do anything about it and fell 4-1.

Reilly Smith scored the opening goal on a power play early in the first and later in the period Carl Soderberg re-directed a point shot by Dennis Seidenberg. Carolina was able to answer with Tuomo Ruutu’s first goal of the year with only seconds left in the first.  The momentum building goal kept the ‘Canes around and the teams skated into the second intermission still at 2-1 in favor of the Bruins.

The back-breaker came in the third for Carolina. When Cam Ward came out of his goal to play a puck on a hard charging Jarome Iginla bodies piled up and Ward got knocked down and lost his stick. David Krejci found Johnny Boychuk and he did not miss his wrister on a wide open net. Ward threw his hands up looking to the referee, hoping for an interference call that was not given.  Down two, with a minute left Carolina pulled Ward for the extra skater. Jarome Iginla stole a pass from Eric Staal and found Milan Lucic who deposited their fourth goal in the empty net.

Notes

  • Jordan Staal skated in his 500th career NHL game tonight.
  • Three Boston players had a multi-point night. Milan Lucic (1g-1a) was his 3rd of the year and Reilly Smith (1g-1a) and Carl Soderberg (1g-1a) each notched their second of the year.
  • Carolina fell to 72-96-18 all-time against Boston, including 39-43-11 at home.
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'Canes D Buries Avalanche http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/11/canes-d-buries-avalanche Justin Faulk (27) is impressed watching the play of Justin Peters (35). Carolina defeats Colorado 2-1 on November 12, 2013 (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)Justin Faulk (27) is impressed watching the play of Justin Peters (35). Carolina defeats Colorado 2-1 on November 12, 2013 (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)Justin Faulk (27) is impressed watching the play of Justin Peters (35). Carolina defeats Colorado 2-1 on November 12, 2013 (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

The Hurricanes found just enough offense and their defense anchored by goalie Justin Peters suffocated the red hot Avalanche 2-1 on Tuesday night.  Carolina opened the scoring in the first with a rebound backhand by Jordan Staal and went up by two early in the 2nd when Nathan Gerbe found a streaking Patrick Dwyer.

Colorado cut the margin to one on a power play later in the second period. Paul Stastny was in the right place at the right time to poke home a puck that Peters was unable to cover.  Justin Peters faced 18 of 19 shots that period and 33 of 34 for the game.  With Cam Ward nearing a return, the solid play of late for Peters gives the Carolina coaches the ability to ease him back into the line-up. Ward went down with a hamstring injury on October 24th in Minnesota.

The ‘Canes are wrapping up a 5 game home stand on a bit of a hot streak (3-0-1) and welcome another Western Conference power, Anaheim, to Raleigh on Friday night.

 

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Staal's Send it to OT, 'Canes Edge Flyers http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/11/staals-send-it-to-ot-canes-edge-flyers The Hurricanes mob Manny Malhotra after scoring the game winner in OT. Carolina beat Philly 2-1 in OT (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)The Hurricanes mob Manny Malhotra after scoring the game winner in OT. Carolina beat Philly 2-1 in OT (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)The Hurricanes mob Manny Malhotra after scoring the game winner in OT. Carolina beat Philly 2-1 in OT (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

 

The Hurricanes have scored five regulation goals in their last five games. That fifth goal was probably the most important one they have scored this season.  Down by one with less than a minute in regulation, Eric Staal found his brother Jordan alone in front of the net and he was able to slip it past the glove hand of Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

Manny Malhotra, in only his third game in Carolina red, netted the game winner on a break-away scoring chance in OT to halt the ‘Canes winless streak at 5.

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Stamkos and Lightning Blank 'Canes http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/11/stamkos-and-lightning-blank-canes Crazy bounce off the boards slips in behind Justin Peters to open scoring for the Lightning. Tampa Bay blanked Carolina 3-0 on 11/1/13. (Greg Thompson-Inside Hockey)Crazy bounce off the boards slips in behind Justin Peters to open scoring for the Lightning. Tampa Bay blanked Carolina 3-0 on 11/1/13. (Greg Thompson-Inside Hockey)Crazy bounce off the boards slips in behind Justin Peters to open scoring for the Lightning. Tampa Bay blanked Carolina 3-0 on 11/1/13. (Greg Thompson-Inside Hockey)

When the the Lightning play the Hurricanes it is always fun to try and come up with some weather related fun for an an opening sentence, so here goes my best shot. Please let the boo’s fly.

On a rainy night in Raleigh the Lightning downgraded Carolina to a tropical depression. The former division rivals were locked in a defensive struggle in the first 30 minutes. Combined the two teams managed a mere 8 shots in the first period. The tie was broken half-way through the second when a crazy bounce off the boards ended up behind Carolina goalie Justin Peters. Victor Hedman was credited with the goal and it all went downhill from there for the Hurricanes.  Steven Stamkos netted his 10th of the year when he was left alone in front of Peters and moments later on a break-away Martin St Louis hit Alex Killorn with a perfect pass and Peters didn’t have a chance. The Hurricanes have now scored only four goals in their last four games while Steven Stamkos has scored five goals in his last five games.

Carolina won’t have much time to dwell on their first shut-out loss of the season as they boarded a plane for the Big Apple immediately following the game. They face Henrick Lunqvist and the Rangers on Saturday night.

 

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'Canes Come Back on Hawks, but Lose in SO http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/10/canes-come-back-on-hawks-but-lose-in-so Jonathan Toews (19) is again stopped by the right leg of Cam Ward (30) this time in the shootout. The Blackhawks sneak past the Hurricanes in a shootout on 10/15/13.Jonathan Toews (19) is again stopped by the right leg of Cam Ward (30) this time in the shootout. The Blackhawks sneak past the Hurricanes in a shootout on 10/15/13.Jonathan Toews (19) is again stopped by the right leg of Cam Ward (30) this time in the shootout. The Blackhawks sneak past the Hurricanes in a shootout on 10/15/13.

The defending Stanley Cup Champions came to Raleigh to face a Hurricane franchise that has had some success against teams trying to defend the Cup. Carolina had a 7-1-1 record against reigning champs and through the first period it appeared that record would be adding another mark in the loss column. Patrick Sharp opened the scoring with his first of the year and 200th of his career when he got behind the Carolina defense and was one-on-one with goalie Cam Ward. Minutes later Marian Hossa extended the Chicago lead when he dumped a rebound behind a diving Cam Ward. Carolina managed only 5 shots on Corey Crawford in the period and he handled all 5 easily.

Carolina came rolling back in the second, although they ended the period still down two goals, the momentum of the game shifted in their favor. They managed 14 shots on goal while only allowing the talented Chicago 8.

In the third period, with momentum still on their side, they pulled to within one. Corey Crawford wasn’t able to control a wrist shot from Eric Staal at the right wing circle and the rebound fell right to the stick of Alexander Semin who netted his second of the season. Later in the period Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey fired a shot at the net from the blue-line and it found its way through traffic and past Crawford.

Carolina came out firing in the third period and when they went 4 on 3 when Bryan Bickell was sent to the box for hooking it just felt as if it was more of when they would score than if. Crawford and the Chicago penalty kill stopped everything Carolina threw at them and held on to guarantee themselves a point on the road.

They added the extra point in the shootout when the third skater, Patrick Sharp, slipped one past Cam Ward on the glove side.

The Hurricanes head out on a four-game road trip with their first stop in Toronto on Thursday 

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Kings Edge Hurricanes in a Shootout http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/10/kings-edge-hurricanes-in-a-shootout  

LA goalie Jonathan Quick (32) shows his flexibility kick saving a 3rd period shot by Alexander Semin (28). The Kings beat Carolina in a shootout 2-1 on October 11th.LA goalie Jonathan Quick (32) shows his flexibility kick saving a 3rd period shot by Alexander Semin (28). The Kings beat Carolina in a shootout 2-1 on October 11th.LA goalie Jonathan Quick (32) shows his flexibility kick saving a 3rd period shot by Alexander Semin (28). The Kings beat Carolina in a shootout 2-1 on October 11th.

When two of the better goalies in the NHL square off you might expect a low scoring game with plethora of athletic saves.  That was the story line of the game in Raleigh on Friday night when Cam Ward and the Carolina Hurricanes welcomed Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings. Sixty-five minutes of play wasn't enough to determine which team skated into the weekend two points higher in the standings.  In the shootout, Jeff Carter scored the only goal for L.A. while Jonathan Quick turned away three of Carolina's best shooters.

The game was scoreless going into the third period and with six minutes left Carolina went on a man advantage when Jarret Stoll was sent to the penalty box for Hooking.  The Hurricanes got sloppy with the puck and Dwight King stole an arrant pass and was able to slide a back-hand through Cam Ward's legs. Forty seconds later and in the same power play Jeff Skinner netted his first goal of the season re-tying the game at one.

Los Angeles had their opportunity in OT when Carolina defenseman, Jay Harrison was sat down 2 minutes for Hooking.  Cam Ward and the Carolina Penalty Kill stood tall and sent the game to the shootout.  Jonathan Quick turned away Jeff Skinner, Alexander Semin and Nathan Gerbe while Cam Ward stopped Anze Kopitar but was unable to stop the back-hand of Jeff Carter.

Carolina stays at home and welcomes in the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday while L.A. stays on the road and heads to Florida to battle the Panthers.

 

GAME NOTES

STAAL PLAYS IN 695th CAREER GAME

Eric Staal moved into sole possession of 4th place in the franchise's all-time games played list passing former player and current assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour.

ELIAS LINDHOLM

Carolina's first round pick (5th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Elias Lindholm, recorded his first career NHL point with a goal on Thursday night against Washington.  The goal made him the youngest Swedish-born player to score a goal. (18 years 312 days)

SHOTS FIRED

The Kings out shot the Hurricanes, 37-28.

Carolina is now 0-1-2 when being out shot by its opponents.  This record also mirrors the starts by goalie Cam Ward.

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Detroit Spoils 'Canes Home Opener http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/10/detroit-spoils-canes-home-opener  

Jimmy Howard shoves Nathan Gerbe in the third period. Detroit defeated Carolina 3-2 in OT. (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson)Jimmy Howard shoves Nathan Gerbe in the third period. Detroit defeated Carolina 3-2 in OT. (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson)Jimmy Howard shoves Nathan Gerbe in the third period. Detroit defeated Carolina 3-2 in OT. (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson)

The Detroit Red Wings grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat Friday night in Raleigh. The Carolina Hurricanes took a two goal lead into the second intermission only to be blanked Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard in the third period. Justin Abdelkader pulled the Red Wings to within one a mere 42 seconds into the final period and with Howard on the bench for the extra attacker, Henrik Zetterberg snuck the tying goal past Carolina goalie Cam Ward with just 16 seconds left in regulation.

Despite out-playing Detroit for most of the first 40 minutes, Carolina seemed to lose all momentum after the Zetterberg goal. Three minutes into the extra time, Stephen Weiss was in the right place at the right time to spoil the Hurricanes home opener.

Post Game Notes

CAROLINA HURRICANES SCORING NOTES
Per    Time    Goal Scorer                                           Assists                                                                                         STR                      Score
1        13:30   Radek Dvorak (1)                               Jeff Skinner (1), Justin Faulk (1)                                        EV                        1-0 CAR
2       18:11    Nathan Gerbe (1)                                Justin Faulk (2), Jay Harrison (1)                                     PP                        2-0 CAR

DETROIT RED WINGS SCORING NOTES
Per    Time     Goal Scorer                                          Assists                                                                                         STR                       Score
3        0:42     Justin Abdelkader (1)                      Henrik Zetterberg (1), Jonathan Ericsson (1)             EV                         2-1 CAR
3       19:43    Henrik Zetterberg (1)                      Daniel Alfredsson (1), Pavel Datsyuk (1)                       EV                         Tied 2-2
OT     3:13     Stephen Weiss (1)                              Johan Franzen (1), Niklas Kronwall (2)                          EV                         3-2 DET

OVERTIME
Carolina and Detroit played their first overtime game since Jan. 31, 2004. Stephen Weiss’ game-winning goal with 1:47
remaining in overtime was his first goal of the season. The Red Wings have now won five of the last six games against the
Hurricanes and improved to 33-26-8-1 all-time against Carolina.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT
• Dvorak’s goal was his first with the Hurricanes and 224th of his career. He was signed two days ago to a one-year contract
after attending Carolina’s training camp on a professional tryout.
• Gerbe’s goal was his first with Carolina and the 30th of his career. He was signed as a free agent on July 26, 2013, after
spending the first five seasons of his NHL career with Buffalo.

FAULK! FAULK!
Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk earned assists on each of Carolina’s two goals, matching his career high for assists and
points in a game. It marks Faulk’s second career two-assist game (2/12/13 at NJ), and his third career two-point game. Faulk
has now recorded three assists in two career games against Detroit.

DETROIT PRODUCTION
• Abdelkader’s goal was his first of the season. He tallied a career-high 10 goals in 2012-13.
• Zetterberg tallied his first two points (1g, 1a) of the 2013-14 campaign. He led the team in assists last season with 37 and
finished second with 48 points.

PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF
The Hurricanes killed all three of the Red Wings’ power-play opportunities on the night. Carolina ranked second in the NHL in
penalty-killing percentage in the preseason, thwarting 26-of-28 (92.9%) of its opponents’ power-play chances.

SEASON OPENERS
The Hurricanes’ franchise fell to 8-19-7 in 34 season openers since joining the NHL in 1979. Since relocating to North
Carolina in 1997, the Hurricanes have won their season opener four times, going 4-8-4 in the last 16 seasons. Carolina is
now 2-4-4 in ten season openers at home since relocation.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• Carolina capitalized on their second power-play opportunity of the season and finished the night 1-for-3 on the man
advantage.
• Detroit went 0-for-3 on the power play tonight, and is now 0-for-6 on the season.

ATTENDANCE
Carolina welcomed a sellout crowd of 18,680 to tonight’s season opener. The Hurricanes sold out eight of their games in
2012-13, and a total of 421,451 attended the team’s 24 home games at PNC Arena. Carolina’s per-game attendance
average of 17,560 set a new franchise record, eclipsing the previous record of 17,387 per game set in 2006-07.

SHOTS BY PERIOD

TEAMS         1st     2nd     3rd     OT     Total
Detroit           8       10        16       4         38
Carolina        4        9          11       1          25

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Fleury and Penguins Come-Back Win Clinches Atlantic Division http://www.hammersmith-studios.com/blog/2013/4/fleury-and-penguins-come-back-win-clinches-atlantic-division  

Athletic save by Marc Andre-Fluery against Zac Dalpe. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 5-3 on Tuesday night (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson)Athletic save by Marc Andre-Fluery against Zac Dalpe. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 5-3 on Tuesday night (Inside Hockey/Greg Thompson)

The Pittsburgh Penguins skated into Raleigh on Tuesday night and against the struggling Carolina Hurricanes with their playoff spot already locked up. A victory would allow them to add a "Y" next to their name in the standings as Atlantic Division champs. Carolina refused to make things easy on Pittsburgh scoring first and then taking the lead again early in the third period, but two goals in 13 seconds and Marc-Andre Fleury holding off a flurry of shots late pushed them over the top.

“It’s something as a team where I think that’s always one of your goals,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “We’ve always had good teams, we just haven’t been able to win it with our division being so tough. So I think it’s definitely a good thing for us, especially in the shortened season. It’s been a grind here; we still have a ways to go. So I think we want to keep going. I don’t think we want to let our foot off the gas pedal here. We want to finish strong and carry that into the playoffs.”

First Period

Sloppy play for both teams was the story of the start of the first period. With Deryk Engelland and Kevin Westgarth already in the box for introducing their fists to each others faces, former Hurricane Craig Adams joined Engelland giving Carolina the man advantage. In an effort to keep things fair, Eric Staal decided to slash Mark Eaton and make things four-on-four. 19 seconds later the Hurricanes went back up a man when Chris Kunitz tripped Jeff Skinner. Joe Corvo made them pay for that and opened the scoring with a wrist shot from just inside his blue line. Only a minute later Robert Bortuzzo slides in behind Alexander Semin to take a pin-point pass from Pascal Dupuis and deposit it behind Carolina goalie Justin Peters. Later in the period Brendan Morrow received a no-look behind the back pass from Jussi Jokinen and made an amazing move to snap one into the net. Bobby Sanguinetti received a face-off win and scored his second of the year to knot the game at two.

Third Period

The two teams carried their two all tie from the first period over to the final one. Riley Nash broke the tie when a rebound found him open in front of the net and he backhanded it past Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh stormed back on goals by Beau Bennett (tied the game) and then 13 seconds later Evgeni Malkin was in the right place at the right time to tip-in the eventual game winner. Pascal Dupuis deposited an unassisted empty netter just before the final horn to give the Penguins a 5-3 victory.

Quick Strikes
-- The Penguins scored two goals in the span of 13 seconds in the third period tonight (Bennett 9:49, Malkin 10:02).
-- The Hurricanes’ franchise record for fastest two goals scored by opposition is eight seconds, when Bill Derlago (1:44) and John
Anderson (1:52) scored the first two goals of the game for the Maple Leafs in a 7-2 Hartford win at Toronto on Dec. 23, 1980.

Shots Fired
The Penguins outshot the Hurricanes 33–28 tonight.
-- Entering tonight’s game, Carolina ranked second in the NHL in shots per game (32.5).
-- Entering tonight’s game, Pittsburgh ranked 11th in the NHL in shots per game (30.0).
-- Pittsburgh is 19-4-0 this season when outshooting its opponent.
-- Carolina is 7-10-1 this season when outshot by its opponent.

Problems at Home 

-- The Hurricanes’ lost their franchise record eighth straight home game tonight (3/14-4/9: 0-8-0)
-- Carolina’s eight-game home losing streak breaks the previous franchise record of seven games (Dec. 27, 2002-Jan. 20, 2003: 0-6-0-1).
-- Tonight’s loss marked the Hurricanes’ sixth consecutive loss (4/1-4/9: 0-6-0).
-- The last time Carolina lost six straight games in regulation was Nov. 25-Dec. 6, 2011 (0-6-0).

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