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from the Washington Post,
It was, without question, the most important game several of the Washington Capitals had ever played in. But it never looked that way.
In a contest that featured all of the intensity of a playoff game, the Capitals’ impressive core of youngsters and veteran goaltender Cristobal Huet buoyed their hope of earning a spot in the playoffs with a 4-1 thumping of the Carolina Hurricanes.
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added 11:26pm, from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
Playing on some of the worst ice in recent NHL history — riddled with cracks like a windshield after a wreck — the Caps scored twice early, then answered a Carolina goal with a power-play goal during a controversial second-period sequence.
Alex Ovechkin took exception to Eric Staal poking at Huet’s glove after a save on Scott Walker on a short-handed two-on-one and threw Staal into the boards.
But the Capitals remained on the power play because a coincidental minor was called on Niclas Wallin in the brawl that followed, and Alexander Semin scored to make it 3-1.
The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forwards Ray Whitney and Justin Williams from injured reserve and the pair are eligible to play in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
Today, the NHL arranged a teleconference call for the media, speaking with the Staal brothers: Eric of the Carolina Hurricanes, Marc of the New York Rangers and Jordan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh has already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and Carolina leads their division and the Rangers are sixth in the East. If all three clubs make the playoffs, the brothers would become the first set of three brothers to compete in the post-season since 1992 when and the Brotens (Aaron, Neil and Paul) and the Sutters (Brent, Rich and Ron) all competed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Q. Marc and Jordan, I think you guys faced in each in the OHL Playoffs a few years back. I was wondering for each of you what your most vivid memory of that season was competing against each other, if there were any memorable one-on-one battles?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
But hockey teams are surprisingly consistent in what nourishes them, what pushes them forward. Yes, good coaching, a sense of direction from management and good luck are all important. But all good teams need someone to lead them, to show them that adversity isn’t a wall, but a challenge.
In the Carolina Hurricanes’ dressing room Eric Staal has become that man.
“It’s unfair to say he’s the reason why we’re where we are,” Carolina coach Peter Laviolette told ESPN.com this week. “But if you have a hard-working team, there has to be somebody that you look to. This has been a chance to look into Eric Staal and see what he’s all about. I think everybody likes what they’ve seen.”
from 850 The Buzz,
Conventional wisdom says the Carolina Hurricanes playing home games during the height of hoops season is a recipe for sparse crowds at the RBC Center. So much for the conventional way, since the Canes sold out games opposite the Duke / UNC season finale and the ACC Tournament Final.
listen to the Rutherford interview…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer!
The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Ray Whitney for the next few weeks. The team announced on Friday that Whitney will undergo surgery on Saturday to repair a damaged bursa in his leg.
Whitney is expected to miss two to three weeks of action.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
...Perhaps it was that Adams’ offense was committed against a player from a Canadian team.
A News & Observer analysis of NHL discipline since the 2005-06 season found that almost one-third of the suspensions handed down were assessed for offenses committed against Canadian teams, which represent only six of the league’s 30 franchises—but are the six most visible.
“We don’t try to look at a pattern here,” Campbell said. “Maybe we should. It’s not who’s in first and who’s in last. We try to look at it as an independent, individual situation: Is a player wronging another player? We don’t care what team it is. All we care about is, did he cross the line and is he a repeat offender?”
from the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes don’t expect defenseman David Tanabe, who has been out since December with a concussion, to play again this NHL season. Whether he ever plays for them again is very much in doubt.
Tanabe hasn’t been on the ice for two months and wasn’t even at the RBC Center for the team picture last week. The Canes may even be forced to consider buying out the final year of his contract this summer.
via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
Eric Staal has apparently escaped a serious injury after he was hit head-first into the boards from behind by Aaron Voros.
With 14:01 to play in the game Voros ran Staal into the boards in front of the Minnesota bench from behind.
After lying on the ice in front of the Minnesota bench, Staal skated gingerly to the Carolina bench as a five-on-five brawl broke out on the ice. As the referees sorted out the mess, Staal could clearly be seen saying “I’m fine” to his teammates.
Voros, though, may be in trouble. He received a major penalty for boarding and likely faces a suspension from the NHL.
video added 3/7/08...
from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,
Garnet Exelby had just played the puck back into the glove of Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg to stop play. With Hurricane players surrounding the Thrasher net like flies on an Islanders jersey everyone with an ounce of hockey sense expected the play to be blown dead. Well, the cerebrally challenged individual in the striped shirt instructed Moose to play the puck and threatened him with a delay of game penalty if he didn’t.
Hedberg played it, seconds later it’s in the net after bouncing off Exelby.
Waddell almost busted a vein spewing venomous verbiage at the zebra…. I mean he exploded on the Bozo! And I say good for you Don, you were well within your rights! I’ve seen, you’ve seen, we have all seen this type of play a thousand times in a NHL game and the ref allows for the play to stop.
Come to think of it, maybe it wasn’t a whistle stuck up there…it was probably his head.
more on the Thrashers…
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