Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 11/13/08 at 07:53 PM ET
On Thursday, the Hurricanes had a very long and hard practice after playing a completely terrible game on Wednesday night. Tim Gleason sat down with News & Observer columnist Luke Decock and basically blasted himself and the rest of the team.
“That’s what happens when you suck… Go ahead and write that down…
We went through a hard workout today which was well deserved because we stunk yesterday and we stunk (against) Atlanta…
Starting from myself, I was terrible… I made a stupid play right off the bat and that hurt us. I know I have to be better.
That’s the meat of it, but I recommend reading the entire article here.
Last season, Carolina was plagued by rotten play in the month of November, and they missed the playoffs by two points. They are certainly not looking to repeat that.
While it’s all good and well that they accept that there is a problem, none of it matters unless and until they start making the plays that they’re supposed to be making. Instead of fanning on one-timers, clanging shots off the post and fumbling pucks in the slot, they should be burying these chances. Obviously, there isn’t much fun in getting your lunch handed to you two games in a row by divisional opponents, but they haven’t looked like they’re having fun all season long. The smiles and laughter come easier when the team is winning, but they shouldn’t be predicated upon winning. Even when they have won, they’ve looked flat.
So what has to happen? Do they need a day at King’s Dominion? Do they need one of those hoopty team-building exercises like a ropes course? Do they need to work some lunch shifts at the homeless shelter? Do they need to re-assign the C and the As to different players? I don’t know. But they need something to bring some focus to the troops.
I like that TImmaaay is being brutally honest about the team’s poor play, but I’d like it even better if the boys could play a 60 minute game. Or win a couple of games. Hell, I’d even settle for the team scoring more than one goal against Atlanta on Friday.
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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.