Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 02/04/09 at 11:02 AM ET
It turns out that my anxiety about the Canes/Nucks game was well founded. Carolina fell behind 2-0 in the first period, giving life to the lethargic Canucks. The Canes battled back in the second, tying it at two. In the third, they appeared to take a 4-3 lead only to have the goal disallowed and a penalty called for goaltender interference. With just a few minutes to play, Carolina had the game on the platter with a power play, but instead of sending the Canucks to their ninth straight loss, the Hurricanes surrendered a shorthanded goal and the game.
The Canucks are off the schneid and Carolina has, as I predicted, played the role of slumpbuster. Will the Canucks return our phone calls? No. Will they speak to us when they see us in a bar or at the grocery store? No. They’ll ignore us and pretend they’ve never met us. Such is the life of the slumpbuster.
The disallowed Brandon Sutter goal was the first of two goaltender interference penalties against the Hurricanes in the third period. While the first was certainly reason for disallowing the goal, I wasn’t sure that it deserved a penalty. The second one was a terrible call, but in each case the Hurricanes killed the penalty.
Carolina’s difficulty with the Pacific time zone continues. As I cataloged yesterday, the last time Carolina won a game in the Pacific time zone with a puck drop at 10:00 or later was in December of 2005. Things aren’t likely to get any easier, as the next game is at 10:30 in San Jose on Thursday.
The Florida Panthers had a comeback win earlier on Tuesday, kicking Carolina out of the top eight.
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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.