Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 11/19/08 at 11:27 AM ET
On an unseasonably cold night Tuesday, the Hurricanes defeated the visiting Canadiens 2-1.
Carolina dominated the first period, then spend the entire second period in the box. Finally, they dominated the third period, getting two goals and the win.
Sergei Samsonov is finally off ye olde schneid. His game tying goal very early in the third was quickly followed by Ray Whitney’s winner about three minutes later. How did Sammy end his cold streak? He put his sticks in a bucket of ice. Who knew?
Tuomo Ruutu was a beast. He didn’t have any scoring points, but he had a ton of hits, including one of the highlight reel variety, knocking the Montréal player all the way into the Carolina bench.
Brandon Sutter continued to be very impressive. Particularly on the penalty kill. He had a marvelous three-on-five scoring chance. He had a breakaway opportunity, but a stickless Habs player closed the gap and took Sutter off the puck, knocking him into Carey Price. While the refs weren’t looking, Sutter gave Price a little extra love while the two players were tangled in each other’s equipment.
Eric Staal had some good chances, including a shot that rang off a goalpost, but the shots just aren’t falling for him right now. When they come, though, they’ll come in bunches. Hopefully that’ll hold true for SerSam too, now that he’s in the G column.
Both goaltenders played extremely well, but Price just had too much thrown his way.
This was a good win for the home team. They were close to having a complete game. There were some breakdowns in the second, but they looked great in the first and third.
The game wasn’t televised by the Carolina crew. Thankfully, there was an English-speaking Montréal feed available on Center Ice.
Carolina is off until Friday, when they’ll play host to the Phoenix Coyotes.
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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.