Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 04/02/11 at 10:28 PM ET
A week ago tonight, I gave last
rites to the Hurricanes after their home loss to the Lightning. They were five points back of eighth place with a tough week ahead of them. Since then, all the Canes have done is win three straight games while Buffalo and the Rangers lost. Suddenly, the Canes are just one point behind the eighth place Rangers and very much revitalized. On Saturday, the Canes got another huge win on the road against a hot Islanders team.
Carolina was behind 2-1 after 40 minutes, and this was exactly where the Isles wanted to be. They’re the third hottest team in the league since Christmas and they’d only lost one regulation game all season when leading after two. Joe Corvo, Erik Cole and Eric Staal had plenty to say about that as they each scored in the third to give the Canes a 4-2 win. Corvo had three points on the night and Cole had another game-winner. He’s been Mr. Clutch in the second half and is looking more like the Cole we knew from before the injury.
As I write, the Caps have just forced overtime against the Sabres, so Buffalo will be at least two points ahead of Carolina going into tomorrow’s enormous matchup at the RBC Center.
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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.