Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 10/11/09 at 01:12 PM ET
On Saturday night, the Hurricanes played the back end of their second back-to-back set, and for the second time, they lost. This time it was Ryan Malone and the blue-clad City of Tampa Lightning. Based on his success this season, Malone would love to play the Canes every night
I didn’t get to watch this game, as I had to fill in at work for one of my lazy employees. Also, I missed an unannounced concert by my favorite musician because I found out about it too late. For that show, I would have made something else happen at work. Anyway, I avoided any exposure to the game while I was at work, I went home to watch the DVR. Just as I was about to sit down to that, a friend IMed me and accidentally spoilt the game for me. Not a good night for me.
The Canes managed to get the power play rolling, and the 5-2 score suggests that it wasn’t close, but it was.
The first period was scoreless. Eric Staal and Rod Brind’Amour both scored power play goals in the second frame to bookend the even strength goals scored by Tampa’s Paul Ranger and Ryan Malone. The second period ended in a 2-2 deadlock, and it looked like it would be a fight to the end.
Those two Tampa goals were a blitzkrieg. Like Brind’Amour and Harrison for the Canes the night before, these happened in very quick succession. Ranger at 13:24 and Malone at 13:39. They energized the team and the St. Pete Times Forum. Although Brind’Amour got the equalizer four minutes later, it was a huge momentum builder.
Malone added another midway through the third, then an empty-netter to top off the hat trick. The 29-year old Pittsburgh native has scored four goals on the young season, and all four have come against the Hurricanes.
Carolina will be off for a few days. Their next game will be at home against the Penguins on Wednesday. After that, they’re on the road for two weeks, banished by the State Fair.
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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.