Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 04/07/09 at 11:57 PM ET
On Tuesday night, the Islanders didn’t bother showing up to the RBC Center, as the Hurricanes cruised to an embarrassingly easy 9-0 victory. In fact,. the Isles only mustered 12 shots on goal for the entire game, compared to Carolina’s 57. The differential of 45 SOG is a new franchise record.
Eric Staal notched his fourth hat trick of the season, scoring three goals and adding one assist. This was the “one more big game” that I’ve been promising out of him. Tuomo Ruutu scored two. Dwight Helminen, Scott Walker, Rod Brind’Amour and Frantisek Kaberle scored one each.
Cam Ward earned his 39th win and his fifth shutout of the season. The former sets a new franchise record.
This is Carolina’s ninth straight win, which ties a mark that was set twice during the 2005-06 Cup-winning season. It is also a franchise best twelfth consecutive home victory.
It’s hard to analyze this game because it was patently obvious that the Islanders didn’t try at all. Twelve shots on net is absolutely embarrassing. They also committed twelve penalties. There’s no room in the NHL for this kind of play, and I think Carolina shouldn’t break their arms patting themselves on the back for this complete undressing.
Erik Cole had four assists, which will pad his stats, and Dennis Seidenberg added three helpers.
Carolina played well, and they certainly deserved to win. But more than that, the thing is that the Islanders simply gave up before the puck even dropped. I’m a huge fan of the Hurricanes, but I’m also a fan of the game in general. This was absolutely disgusting. SIx shots in the first, two in the second and four in the third Pathetic effort.
I feel really bad for Dougie Weight, who just signed a one-year contract extension with the Islanders. The going has gotten very tough for them this season, and it got tough for them early in this game. Their response was to give up. That’s not the right environment for a classy player of Doug Weight’s calibre.
Carolina has just one home game left, against the Sabres on Thursday. As unfashionable as this will sound, I was rooting for the Sabres to make the playoffs, but it simply isn’t going to happen. They, unlike the Islanders, will still show up to play. It will be an opportunity for the Canes to set a new franchise mark for consecutive victories. They have won nine games in a row now, just as they did in October-November of 2005 and January of 2006.
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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.