Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 03/08/09 at 12:24 AM ET
On Saturday night, the Hurricanes scored a season high nine goals in a rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Eric Staal had a career high six (4/2) points, which matches a franchise mark set by Ron Francis back in the Hartford days. Carolina did all its scoring in the first 40 minutes, then eased off the throttle, settling for a 9-3 final.
Staal’s six point night was huge, but his first line mates also had huge nights of their own. Tuomo Ruutu pitched in with five (2/3) points and Erik Cole had four (0/4). 15 points out of the top line is one heck of a night. There was way too much scoring to enumerate the goals, but it was one shorthanded goal, two power play goals and six even strength markers. When it didn’t matter, Tampa scored two unanswered goals in the third.
On Carolina’s current three-game winning streak, they’ve scored 20 goals and given up just six.
Up next, Carolina will play on national teevee against a Rangers team who has been struggling lately. It’ll be a chance for the Canes to grab a strong foothold inside the playoff group of eight.
It’s only been two games, but Erik Cole has been huge. His four assists tonight were a testament to his comfort level with Staal and his skill set which was not being properly utilized in Edmonton. In particular, the second goal probably wouldn’t have happened if not for the fact that those two players know each other and each other’s tendencies so well. Welcome back, Colesy. Welcome back.
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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.