Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 11/15/08 at 04:09 PM ET
On Friday, the Hurricanes went down to “Blueland” and were beaten by Atlanta 3-2. The Hurricanes were plagued by some of the same things that hurt them in their previous two embarrassments, but they managed to make this one look better.
The defense really hurt the Hurricanes in this game. Perhaps it’s safe to say that the D lost the game for the Canes.
I’m house/dog sitting for my boss for the next five days. He’s got a much bigger television than I have, but he doesn’t have a DVR or NHL Network or Center Ice. This means I don’t get to watch the game the way I normally do. No rewinding. No re-viewing the entire game. No highlight packages. Just live TV.
Joni Pitkänen wandered too far away from the point midway through the first, and nobody covered. The result was a two-on-one break the other way and an easy goal for Marty Reasoner. That was bonehead play number one.
Bonehead play number two was early in the third. After Sergei Samsonov took a slashing call, Nic Wallin argued with the ref about that (and maybe something from earlier), and earned himself two minutes. The ensuing two minutes of five-on-three was nearly killed off, but Slava Kozlov scored with just three seconds left in the sequence. That turned out to be the game winner.
Aside from those two blunders and the continued cold streaks of Eric Staal and Sergei Samsonov, the Hurricanes looked a little better than they had in their previous two games. And there were certainly some good things to say about the game.
Carolina got the power play going. They capitalized on two of their six chances. Tuomo Ruutu had a beauty of a goal and Ray Whitney assisted Brind’Amour’s goal. They continue to be the best players on the team.
On Sunday, the Hurricanes will be back home to take on the Rick Tocchet coached Lightning. They’ll be donning the third sweater, which I will be seeing on the ice in person for the first time. Fox Sports Carolina won’t be televising the game, but Tampa’s network will.
Speaking of third sweater, I’m beginning to have second thoughts about which player’s name/number I’m getting. I was thinking Staal, but that’s so horribly cliched. Added to that, I’m not happy with the way he’s playing right now. Tim Gleason has been playing well and saying the right things in the press and doing the right things in the room. He’s acting more like a lettered player than Staal is. My only problem with Gleason is that he changes his number so much that a 6 might be obsolete next season.
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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.