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in-game commentary—game five

I don’t own a laptop, and my computer and teevee are on opposite ends of the apartment, so I can’t do any liveblogging, but I’ll do my best to update in at teevee timeouts.

I think Paul Maurice must want to lose the game.  I can’t believe he started Frantisek Kaberle.  It’s only a matter of time before he shoots it into his own goal or does something else stupid that leads directly to a Devils goal. 

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update 1So far the Devils have killed off a penalty and are about to go on a power play of their own.

Carolina killed the penalty, and each team continues to be smoldering on the PK. 

Carolina isn’t playing as physically as I’d hoped, but at the very least, they’ve been able to skate the puck into the zone rather than dump it in.

Around the 12:00 mark, Marty made a couple of great close-range saves on Eric Staal and Erik Cole and is proving that he’s left game four behind him. 

Cam Ward hasn’t made any major gaffes, but doesn’t look as sharp as he has been.
15:30
Maybe Marty hasn’t forgotten.  He came out practically to center ice to play a puck and there was a collision with Chad LaRose, who was knocked down by Johnny Oduya.  Seconds later, Brodeur interfered with Matt Cullen, giving him a slight tap with the butt end as Cullen was coming through the slot.  Brodeur takes the penalty.

20:00
Devils kill the penalty, but Jussi Jokinen had a grade A chance with a one-timer from the top of the right circle.  .

Carolina’s puck movement has been really good, and it looks like it’ll eventually pay off, but for right now it’s a stalemate.  And we’re lucky.  I accidentally ate some popcorn at one point in the first few minutes.  It is strictly against RBH policy to eat food of any kind in period number one.  Fortunately, my transgression has gone unnoticed by the hockey gods.  I suppose they’re too busy being furious with Vancouver for planning a Stanley Cup victory parade route.  Oh boy.

SECOND PERIOD
6:30  Tim Gleason got a little too rough with Zach Parise deep in the Carolina end, and he was penalized for interference.  During the kill, Erik Cole manufactured a great scoring chance which led to a Devils penalty, and the teams played four on four for a minute. That expired, as did the abbreviated Canes power play. 
A minute later, Joni Pitkänen got away with a high stick to David Clarkson, and nothing came of that.

12:26
At 7:20 of the period, Jussi Jokinen almost had another lucky tip goal, but his deflection hit the right post and died on the goal line.  A brief review confirmed that there was no goal.
The fourth line of Ryan Bayda/Patrick Eaves/Dwight Helminen had a great shift midway through the period and nearly scored a goal a couple of minutes later, but Brodeur held the fort despite some outstanding effort by Bayda.

Patty Eaves took a tripping penalty, setting up a Devils power play that finally broke through. 
David Clarkson set a beautiful screen in front of Cam Ward and just barely redirected an Andy Greene right point shot.  11:22 was the time of the goal.

20:00
Colin White was called for roughing Sharpie at 19:03, and the Canes managed to put some pressure on the PK unit.  Marty and the defense stood tall, even as Fox Sports Carolinas color commentator twice used the magic word that you’re not supposed to say at this point of the game.  Let’s just say that Carolina scored zero goals only once during the regular season.  I haven’t said the word, but you all know what it is. 

The Canes will open the final stanza with 1:07 of power play time and a fresh sheet of ice. 

I’m still not happy about substituting Kaberle for Anton Babchuk.  Babs hasn’t had a great series, but he hasn’t done anything monumentally stupid either.  Kaberle, on the other hand, can barely stay afoot without colliding with a teammate, committing an unforced turnover or committing an offensive zone penalty.  I hope Maurice knows what he’s doing. 

While I got away with my popcorn error in period one, I did not get away with my alcohol blunder in period two.  It is against RBH policy to consume beer in the second half of period two, but I tempted the hockey gods a second time and paid the price. 

Still, Carolina has the partial power play, and an entire period to equalize the score.  Anything can happen in overtime.

THIRD PERIOD
7:16
The Devils killed off the partial power play, then killed off another early in the second.  Carolina has failed to generate traffic in front of Brodeur.  I don’t think there’s much chance that anyone is going to beat him cleanly tonight, so the only way is going to be to get down into the house.  Get dirty, set screens.  That’s not happening right now.  Carolina has had some great chances, but Marty has been there every time. He’s having a fantastic game. 

10:53
Moments ago, Cam Ward made a sparkling save on Zach Parise, who shot a blast from the top of the left circle.  It just might be an important save.

15:39
Just after the last break, Erik Cole went to the Carolina dressing room.  I haven’t heard anything about his return. 

Patty Eaves took a holding penalty at 12:33, but the Canes killed it off.

At about the 15:00 mark, Ward made a great save on Pandolfo, which was almost immediately followed by a great save by Brodeur on Sharpie

20:00
Marty gets the shutout, and he has tied Patrick Roy for career postseason shutouts with 23.

This was a fantastic game, and it’s really a shame that nobody will remember how well Cam Ward played.  The only important thing is that the Devils have taken a 3-2 lead and Carolina must win on Sunday to force a game seven. 


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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. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.