Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 03/12/11 at 03:08 PM ET
On Friday night, the Hurricanes visited the Capitals for the fifth of six meetings between the teams. The Caps won 2-1 to make their record against the Canes this season a perfect 5-0.
I didn’t get to see the game because I was partaking in some rock and roll fun. Something went awry with my DVR, so I didn’t get that either. I got the second period of the radio broadcast and I saw the highlights, but nothing else. It was a goaltending duel between Cam Ward and the Capitals’ flavour of the month Braden Holtby with the latter getting the upper hand.
After a scoreless first period, Tuomo Ruutu scored late in the second to send the Hurricanes to the room with a 1-0 lead. Until this game, Carolina was 21-0 when leading at the second intermission. Unfortunately, Alex Ovechkin scored in the first minute of the third, then Matt Hendricks scored the eventual game-winner.
Carolina was victimized by an unfortunate blown (pun intended) call by referee Chris Lee. However, the blown call had nothing to do with the fact that Carolina didn’t outscore the Capitals.
In the waning minutes of the game, Carolina had an apparent tying goal wiped off because the referee had a really quick whistle and blew a play dead when Holtby clearly did not have the puck covered after a Cory Stillman shot was stymied. Jay Harrison’s tap-in wasn’t allowed. To be fair, we have no way of knowing if Holtby would have made the stop if play was allowed to continue. Still, there’s no reason for the play to have been blown dead. It wasn’t a case where there was a lot of traffic and Lee didn’t have a clear view. It was a loose puck all the way, and he missed the call.
Carolina wasn’t able to eke out an equalizing goal and earn a point, so they remain two points under the playoff cut. If Carolina wins tonight at home against the Blue Jackets AND the Rangers lose in regulation at San Jose, Carolina will move back into eighth place by virtue of having a game in hand. Temporarily. The 7-8-9 spots are going to rotate constantly until the last day of the season.
In the first period, Canes defenseman Jamie McBain suffered an “upper body” injury and missed the rest of the game. He’s been ruled out of tonight’s contest against Columbus, so Derek Joslin will get back into the lineup.
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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.