Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 01/10/09 at 09:46 PM ET
On Saturday afternoon, the Hurricanes were beaten badly by the Bruins. Although the scoreboard indicated a final tally of 5-1, it wasn’t even remotely that close. Boston was, by a million miles, the better team. If there is any good that came out of the game, it’s that Carolina still hasn’t been shut out this season. That sure is a cute statistic, but it won’t matter one iota if the Canes are making tee times for Pinehurst #2 this spring instead of playing playoff hockey.
Very early in the game, a potential breakaway for Eric Staal fell by the wayside when he collided with referee Dan O’Halloran at center ice. To Staal’s credit, he didn’t get upset with O’Halloran or himself, but it was a potential tone setter gone wrong.
Two losses in a row means that Carolina’s foothold in the playoff race has gotten a little shakier. However, the schedule is rather kind for the next eight games.
Here’s to hoping that the Carolina Panthers have a better fate this evening as they host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC semifinal game. Kickoff a little after 8:00.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.