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Canes use special teams to beat Sabres

On Friday night, the Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in the home opener at First Niagara Center.  They were poorly disciplined, but the special teams stood tall.  They got shorthanded goals from alternate captain Brandon Sutter and newcomer Tim Brent.  Defenseman Jay Harrison also scored a goal that was technically even strength, but it happened just as a penalty to Tyler Myers was elapsing.  Initially it was declared a power play goal, but after a while, the ruling was changed and it was deemed even strength.  Jeff Skinner added a power play goal late in the third. 

Carolina had several excellent short-handed scoring chances in the game.  In addition to the two shorthanded goals, Sutter hit a post, Eric Staal was stopped on a breakaway, and Ryan Miller made a couple of really good saves to keep his team in the game, even when they had a manpower advantage.

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Brandon Sutter’s New Deal

On Wednesday afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes and alternate captain Brandon Sutter finally came to an agreement.  For weeks, the media has been telling us “the deal could be done as soon as today”, and today, the waiting finally ended. 

As everyone expected, the deal is for three years.  As everyone except me expected, the deal is for a hit of just a skosh over $2M.  I was wildly speculating that he would earn over $3M per season, and this is a pretty good deal.  The three year deal will pay a total of $6.2M, starting with $1.5 in 2011-12, followed by $2M, then finally $2.7M in 2013-14.

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Canes, Brandon Sutter agree to terms

After weeks of hearing “the deal could be finalized as soon as today”, the deal has finally been finalized.  According to reliable sources, the Hurricanes and Brandon Sutter have agreed to a contract renewal.  No details yet.  A safe assumption is that the deal is for no more than three years.  That was the thing that Sutter’s camp was demanding.  I’ve been postulating all summer long that the deal would be for just north of $3M per season.  I’ve heard a lot of arguments that he should be paid considerably less than that, but I’m sticking to it. 

Whenever the details become available, I’ll share them. 

With that, the Canes should be done for the summer.

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Deal (and no deal) with the Sutter cousins

The most famous family in hockey is the Sutters.  Brothers Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron were NHL superstars in the 1970s and 80s.  Their oldest brother Gary worked in a lumber yard and won a ton of money in the lottery.  They all have hockey-playing sons.  Three of those second-generation Sutters are in the Carolina Hurricanes organization.  There was news for two of them today.

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Free agency news in Carolina

The other day, I wrote about how Carolina’s thriftiness would make it difficult to reach the new salary cap floor of $48.3M.  Compounding that was their lack of any progress with any of their own prospective UFAs.  Since the draft, things have taken a turn and it seems like at least three of the four key UFAs will be re-signing. 

Also, the Canes made a bit of an unexpected move by not offering qualifying sheets to RFAs Jiri Tlusty and Troy Bodie.  The 5:00 pm deadline came and went and they are now officially on the market, waiting for the bell to ring on Friday. (Nearly) everybody else got qualifying sheets.

First, a quick word about the RFAs, then a look at the UFA situation.  Then something about Sutter.

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Checkers win series in dramatic fashion

The East Division final between Charlotte and WBS was a goaltenders duel for the first five games and the first period of game six.  The Penguins scored two midway through the second, then they added a shorthanded goal early in the third.  It looked like it was done, and there was already talk of practice tomorrow and game seven on Monday. 

Fortunately, the Checkers found life in the third and exploded for four straight goals in a span of 9:18.  Brad Thiessen, who had only given up one goal in the last three games, showed that there were chinks in his armour. 

Here’s how it all went down.  And it went down quickly:

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How many Sutters does it take….

On Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes recalled center Brett Sutter from the Charlotte Checkers on an emergency basis.  Ryan Carter will be out of the lineup for Saturday’s game at Tampa and Sutter will fill his shoes at fourth line center.  This will be Brett Sutter’s Hurricanes debut, and he’ll be wearing the number 42.  He has appeared in 18 NHL games over the last three seasons, all with the Calgary Flames.  He is the older cousin of Carolina’s alternate captain and third line center Brandon Sutter. He’s the nephew of Flames head coach Brent Sutter, who is Brandon’s dad.  He is the son of Darryl Sutter, who is the former GM of the Flames. 

This is the first time that two members of the second generation of Sutters have played together on the same NHL team.  For that matter, they are the only two in the NHL.  As far as the first generation goes, I know that Brent and Duane played together to win two Cups for the Islanders.  Brandon and Brett are cousins, not brothers.  However, they’re Sutters and it’s pretty dang cool to have two of them together.

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Sutter and the Canes climb into eighth

On Saturday night with an opportunity to climb into the playoff picture, the Hurricanes seized the moment.  Sort of.  While any win at all would do the trick, they would have preferred to have won in regulation against the Thrashers.  It marked the third time this season that the teams have played each other, and each game has gone into extra time.  Carolina has earned the extra point each time, but it has also allowed Atlanta to get the consolation point.  This could come into play at the end of the season. 

Both Cam Ward and Ondrej Pavelec were outstanding in nets.  Both goalies faced 37 shots. Both made spectacular saves.  Both played well enough to win. 

Erik Cole’s coast-to-coast play was capped by a wrister from the right circle to win the game for the Canes at 2:48 of overtime.  It was Cole who also scored an overtime winner the last time the teams met, and the final score was the same—4-3.  Brandon Sutter had a huge goal and a really good night in the faceoff circle.  After the jump, I’ll detail the reasons that I had him as my first star.  Jiri Tlusty also had a big goal and the Captain scored his 26th of the season to start things off for the Canes.

With the Circus in town, the Hurricanes will now embark on a five game road trip that begins and ends in New Jersey.  They’ll hope for six out of ten points on the trip, but will settle for five.

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1000 wins for the Whaler/Canes

On Monday night, the Hurricanes won a completely wild 6-4 game over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.  It was the 1000th win in the history of the Whaler/Canes history and the 466th since moving to North Carolina.  More importantly, the Hurricanes move within one point of eighth place Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the East.  Carolina holds two games in hand on the Thrashers, who are on a big downswing. 

I think the officiating left a lot to be desired on both sides of the ice, as there were a lot of strange calls and no-calls.  There were certainly some iffy calls that went against the Leafs, but Jeff Skinner had a clear goal waved off and Tim Gleason was tossed from the game for returning punches thrown by Nikolai Kulemin at 20:00 of the first period. 

This game had strange goals, a shorthanded goal, lots of power play chances, a couple of scrums, a bit of bad blood and a goal explosion in the third frame.  Carolina did what they needed to do and have set themselves up for a chance to leapfrog the Thrashers into the playoff picture on Wednesday night.

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Canes try to pull out of skid with power play shakeup

On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes will travel to Toronto, where they will try to pull out of a three-game losing skid.  Their opponent for tonight, the Maple Leafs, has been a disappointment to the home team fans.  At one point this season, a Leafs fan was so upset with his team that he threw a waffle onto the Air Canada Centre ice.  This earned the fan a permanent ban from all events in the ACC and all other venues governed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.  Carolina will hope to upset the home crowd tonight, and will be on the lookout for flying Christmas fruitcakes.

I’m on the road and haven’t been able to see any of the action since last Monday, but I know that the Canes have had enough of losing by the score of 3-2. 

Tim Gleason, who was exiled to the dressing room for the bulk of Sunday’s game, will be back on the ice, and that’ll be a big boost to Carolina’s blue line.  He was sent off for a questionable charging call late in the first period of the game against Washington and assessed a game misconduct.  He hasn’t and won’t apologise for the hit, which started a Rube Goldberg-esque chain of events that culminated in Mathieu Perreault lying bloody on the ice.  Gleason hit Perreault, who had his stick high, bracing for the hit.  The stick snapped and ended up hitting and cutting Perreault’s face.  Because of this, he fell face-first to the ice and broke his nose.

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Canes overcome two goal deficit for second straight night

For the second night in a row, the Hurricanes were on the road against a Southeast division opponent.  For the second night in a row, they found themselves down by two goals after two periods.  Fortunately, for the second night in a row, they climbed all the way back and walked out with a win.  Now, for the first time all season, they have won three games in a row, and they capped off a five game road trip by earning seven of ten standings points. 

One night after failing to show up, Cam Ward had a pretty remarkable night in nets.  He had 45 saves in a shooting gallery and looked great doing it.  He was especially sharp in the waning moments of regulation.  The Atlanta media couldn’t see fit to award him with one of the stars of the game, but it’s no doubt that he was the best Hurricane player. 

Brandon Sutter and Eric Staal scored third period goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit, and Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov scored in the shootout to secure the two points.

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The Kids are Alright

On Friday night, the Hurricanes hosted the Avalanche for the only meeting of the teams this season, and on the strength of play from the kids, Carolina emerged with a 2-1 overtime win.  18-year old Jeff Skinner showed off some fancy skills when he scored his eighth goal of the season.  21-year old Brandon Sutter potted his fifth just a minute and change into overtime to help the Canes snap a home losing streak that had reached three games.  Cam Ward also made 34 saves in what turned out to be a marvelous goaltenders’ duel with Craig Anderson.

Other things went right for the Canes, including an amazing performance by the penalty killers and some strong play be the defense.  It wasn’t the prettiest game, but in the end Carolina got two points out of it.  That’s all that really matters.  There’s no column in the standings for “ugly win” or “tough loss”.

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Carolina gets off on the right foot

The first game of the 2010-11 National Hockey League season was played in Helsinki this afternoon, and the Carolina Hurricanes emerged with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.  The same two teams will go at it again on Friday at noon, with Carolina playing the role of “home” team. 
Carolina had about 375 fans make the trip from Raleigh to Finland with the team, which is more than were in the Greensboro Coliseum some nights when the Hurricanes played two seasons here.

Brandon Sutter, who had a great sophomore season last year, potted two goals including the game winner.  The other stars of the game were the Hurricanes power play and specifically the mindset of the defensemen.

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Sutter scores two as Carolina tops Atlanta in OT

Carolina hosted a weekday matinee preseason game on Friday and they’ll head to Europe after beating Atlanta 2-1 in overtime.  Brandon Sutter, who was just anointed alternate captain, provided all of the offense and Cam Ward was seconds away from his second straight shutout. 
The Canes now leave for Europe, where they will begin the 2010-11 season.  They’ll play an exhibition in Russia on Monday against SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL and they’ll begin the regular season in Helsinki on Thursday against the Wild.  Like Carolina, Minnesota has three Finnish players on the squad, so this is very exciting for both teams and the locals.

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Gleason, Sutter named alternate captains

Today, the Hurricanes made official what we all knew was going to happen.  Defenseman Tim Gleason and center Brandon Sutter have been named alternate captains for Carolina.  Gleason was the obvious choice of the defensemen, and he wore the A a bunch last year when the injuries were taking toll on the team’s leaders.  He’s grown into a position of leadership and has been a “team first” kind of guy for the last two seasons at least.  In case you never saw this clip from last season, here’s a perfect example of why he gets to wear the A:

 

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Sutter hits rare mark

When Carolina’s Brandon Sutter scored his 20th goal on Wednesday night against Les Habitants, it meant that he has accomplished something special.  The 20-goal plateau has been reached by 92 other players this season, so that isn’t the special part.  What’s special about it is his combination of offense and discipline.  He became the first player since the 1999-2000 season to reach 20 goals while spending only two minutes in the penalty box.

Sutter’s lone infraction of the season was a hooking penalty at Florida in a 6-3 loss on December 18.  Since then, he has appeared in 43 games, averaging 16:29 of ice time without committing a single penalty.  According to Paul Branecky at hurricanes.com, the last player to have 20 goals with just 2 PIMs was Sergei Berezin, ten years ago.

This should be the first of many 20-goal seasons for the Canes’ 2007 first round draft pick.

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Samson in for Sutter today

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice has announced that Brandon Sutter will not be able to play tonight against the visiting

NHL

Phoenix Coyotes.  Sutter suffered a “lower body injury” Thursday night against the Penguins, and didn’t feel right today in the morning skate.  Not that it matters, but depending on whose account you believe, Sutter was injured (1) in a collision with Bill Guerin; (b) after getting legs tangled with Kris Letang; (iii) after being checked by Evgeny Malkin; or (D) when he got a skate in a rut and lost an edge. 

Coaches were hopeful that he would return to the lineup for tonight’s home game, but it’s not going to happen.  Jerome Samson has been recalled from the Rats to fill the roster spot.  In one previous recall, Samson (Sam-SAWN) had one assist and four PIMs in five games.  He is, by miles, the stats leader in Albany with 62 (32/30) points in 65 games.  The native Quebeccer wears the extremely unusual number 67 for the Canes and 17 for the Rats.

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Canes lose tough one

When the day started, Carolina was nine points out of eighth place, desperately clinging onto the hope of making a run to the playoffs.  They were about to finish a three game road trip through the Southeast division and they seriously needed a win against the best team in the league.  They ended up with a 4-3 overtime loss, which would be a good outcome most nights, but when every game is a “must win”, it’s a little heartbreaking. 
I know, as I knew in November, that this team isn’t going to make the playoffs.  However, they’ve played very well since the new year and actually made the impossible seem possible. 
They also learned early in the morning that Erik Cole was suffering from flu-like symptoms and would be unavailable tonight.  In other seasons, that would be devastating news, but to be brutally honest, I’ve actually forgotten that he’s even on the team this season.

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Canes roar into March

The Hurricanes sent a total of four players from three different nations to the Olympic games this February, and all four players returned with hardware.  They are one of three NHL teams that had players from each of the three medal-winning countries.  Joni Pitk#&228;nen and Tuomo Ruutu won bronze for Finland.  Tim Gleason won silver for the USA, and Eric Staal won gold for Canada.  Staal became just the 23rd player in history to win an IIHF World Championship, an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup. 
These players spent two weeks playing against each other, and they returned to being teammates without missing a beat.  The Canes headed into the break as the hottest team in the league, and they continued their ways on Tuesday with a 5-1 win over the lowly Maple Leafs.
Justin Peters, in just his third NHL start, got his third win against a team that has clearly given up.  He got the game’s first star and continues to prove himself to be a very capable NHL goaltender. Also in the game, Chad LaRose returned from injury to score a shorthanded goal and pitch in two assists.  Not bad.  Second star for him.  Jussi Jokinen, who was left off the Finnish national team, scored the game-winning goal.

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Canes set season mark

On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes did something they haven’t done since last season:  they won a third consecutive game.  Despite being outshot by a wide margin, Carolina doubled up the host Toronto Maple Leafs to the tune of 4-2.  With the regulation win, the Canes move to within four points of fourteenth place in the East.  There’s still a chance, albeit a very slim one, that the Canes could make the playoffs.  At the very least, they have an excellent chance of finishing higher than 30th in the league. 

With some stout goaltending by Cam Ward, some solid minutes from the “Rat Pack”, another strong outing by Eric Staal and some good special teams work, the Canes have their longest winning streak of the season.  They’ve won three in a row and four of their last five.  And the word on the street is that Chad LaRose could return to the lineup in Detroit on Thursday.  And that Erik Cole is right behind him in the recovery room.

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Habs top Canes in shootout thriller, Leighton hurt

On Tuesday, the Hurricanes earned one standings point and lost another goaltender.  Carolina had a one goal lead late in the third period, but Manny Legace gave up a bad goal to Sergei Kostitsyn which sent the game into overtime.  In the overtime period, Carolina had a man advantage for the final two minutes of play, but failed to cash in on the four-on-three advantage. 

The shootout went six rounds, with Maxim Lapierre getting the goal and Carey Price making an improbable skate save on Matt Cullen. 

Carolina has earned points in three straight games, and Brandon Sutter scored again.  These are good things.  But the rather bad news is that Michael Leighton suffered an apparent groin injury in the second period.

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The streak is over!

On Sunday, the Hurricanes finally ended their horrific 14-game winless streak.  It wasn’t the prettiest win in the world, but since there’s no column in the standings for “ugly win”, we’ll chalk it up in the “W” column.  Twice, the Canes had three goal leads in the second period.  With 6:15 to play in the second, the Canes had a 4-1 lead, but the next eight minutes of gameplay were a train wreck.  Fortunately, the Canes emerged out of the shootout with a win, and a tremendous weight was lifted off of the RBC Center.  The kind of weight that’s lifted only when one’s career depends on it.

The weight was lifted off the players, the fans, the PA announcer, the hot dog vendors, the organist, and just about anybody who has any connection to this team.  The celebration on the ice and in the stands was sort of like the ones we’ve seen after winning playoff series, and at this point, it feels about the same.

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Canes streak continues

On Friday night, the Hurricanes dropped their 14th consecutive game, even if they managed to force overtime.  Since October 9, they have gone 0-10-4.  However, the news isn’t all bad. 

On Wednesday, the Canes overcame a two goal deficit only to lose 5-2.  On Friday, they overcame a horrible first period in which they fell behind 3-0.  Tim Gleason took a really dumb double minor early in the game which ended up spotting the Islanders two goals, but it was his goal late in the third that forced overtime.  The Canes were 14 seconds away from going to shootout when defenseman Bryan Rodney, recently called up from Albany, committed a bad turnover deep in the Canes zone.  This led directly to the winning goal and although the Canes looked like they would end the horrible streak, they added one more tick mark to the locker room wall. 

The good news is that some of the forwards are starting to play well.  With five (3/2) points in his last seven games, Brandon Sutter has looked like a Sutter, and Tuomo Ruutu is starting to assert himself.  And for only the second time in this dry spell, the Canes scored more than two goals.  That’s a start.

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Yelle waived, Sutter likely to be moved to wing

On Monday, the Hurricanes announced that they have waived veteran forward Stephane Yelle.  If he isn’t claimed, he’ll clear waivers at noon Tuesday.  Being placed on waivers doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  Frantisek Kaberle was placed on waivers at least 37 times last season.  He was never claimed, he was never re-assigned to Albany, and he was only bought out this last summer. 

Unlike Kaberle, though, Yelle is cheap.  His salary this season is $550k, and if a team claims him off re-entry waivers, they’d only be on the hook for half of that.  This might be attractive to a team like the New Jersey Devils, who just learned that Jay Pandolfo will be out of the lineup for up to six weeks.

Depending on what happens with Yelle’s waiver situation, it could make a permanent spot for Brandon Sutter in the lineup.  The 20-year old has been called up to fill a spot while Tuomo Ruutu is serving a three-game suspension.  If Sutter stays, he’ll most likely be shifted to a wing position.

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Canes keep losing, Rats keep winning

The Hurricanes four game road trip came to a close on Saturday, and they didn’t have much to show for it.  They lost a rollercoaster 5-4 game in Denver on Friday, then lost 3-2 in overtime at Minnesota on Saturday.  On the four game trip, the Canes only managed two standings points and have yet to win on the road.  For the third time this season, they will now have three days off before their next game.  Wednesday night, they’ll be back in the RBC Center against the Blues.  While they’ve been lousy on the road, the Canes have grabbed five out of eight standings points at home. 

While the Canes are struggling, the Albany River Rats are doing well.  They have a record of 5-3-0 and sit atop the Eastern division.  More importantly, they beat the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 on Saturday to grab a two games to none lead in the 12-game season series with the hated rival.

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Sutter presents dilemma

The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 27 players, and they will need to get it down to 22 for opening night.  Of that number, twenty are already NHL regulars.  The player who is standing head and shoulders above the rest is Brandon Sutter.  Sutter already has 50 NHL games under his belt from last season, when he made the roster not because he was ready, but because the Canes needed him whether he was ready or not. 

A little piece on the team’s official website highlighted Sutter’s off-season improvements, his strong showing at the prospects tourney in Traverse City and his quest to make the big club this fall.  I haven’t been to a practice or to a preseason game, so I’ll have to take Jim Rutherford’s word when he says:

”Brandon Sutter’s camp has been outstanding.  He leads the pack, and it’s not even close.”

While he might be having a great camp, it might not be the best thing for him to make the final roster in Raleigh.

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Injury updates from Saturday, Helminen recalled

On Sunday afternoon, we learned a few details about the injuries on Saturday.
Defenseman Joni Pitkänen suffered a meniscus tear in his knee.  He’ll undergo surgery in Raleigh on Monday and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
Center Brandon Sutter suffered a concussion and was released from a hospital on Long Island.  He will spend some time with his family in New Jersey before coming back to Raleigh sometime next week. 

Meanwhile, the Islanders are exercising their right not to disclose injury information, but they have reported that goalie Rick DiPietro will visit a doctor to have an undisclosed injury examined.  It’s unknown how long he’ll be out, but they’ve called up a reserve goaltender.  It’s an ongoing saga there with Ricky and his health, and here’s the latest.

Carolina will recall Dwight Helminen from Albany to replace Sutter.

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On the Doug Weight hit

A lot has been made of the devastating hit that Doug Weight laid on Carolina rookie Brandon Sutter last night.  There are a lot of different opinions out there, and I thought it would be appropriate to offer my opinion.  Not just as a Carolina Hurricanes fan, but a hockey fan.
What happened happened.  Sutter was trying to make a fancy move, playing the puck off the boards to himself.  He reached for the puck and put his head down for half a second.  That’s all it took.  He never saw Weight coming, and Weight had no way of anticipating that Sutter would lunge, lowering his head.  Add the speed of the play into the equation, and it’s just a really unfortunate play. 

In just about any other league, a penalty would have been called.  Regardless of intent, a player has to be responsible with his shoulders and elbows, and he must not hit a player above the shoulders.  The NHL doesn’t have any specific rules on blows to the head.  By the letter of the law, this was a clean hit.  It wasn’t interference, it wasn’t charging.  It was just a huge open ice hit. 

Some Canes fans, including one prominent blogger are upset with Doug and wish there would have been some form of frontier justice.  I can’t board that train.  Then again, some folks still haven’t let go of the Orpik/Cole incident.

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Hurricanes win rough game on the Island

On Saturday, the Hurricanes needed some big-time heroics from goaltender Cam Ward to hang on to a 4-3 victory.  Although he was on the bench for the two previous games, he wasn’t the least bit rusty.  He made 57 saves, including a stop on a penalty shot with less than one second to play in regulation.  He was easily the game’s first star by anyone’s account.  Except, of course, the Islanders radio network, which picks the “official” three stars.  Somehow, they left Ward off the card entirely.  Although the game ended well, it wasn’t all pie and cake for Carolina.

The Hurricanes got off to a good start, pushing off to a 2-0 lead early in the first.  The last time the Hurricanes led a game 2-0 was March 28 of last season in a 7-1 win over the Thrashers.  Throughout the second and third periods, the Canes committed one penalty after another, putting themselves perpetually on the PK.  The good news is that the defense responded well to that, killing seven of eight penalties.  But there was bad news They gave up a shorthanded goal, and they lost two players to injury.

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Canes down Ducks

On Sunday night, the Hurricanes needed some heroics from goaltender Michael Leighton in order to squeak out a 3-1 victory in Anaheim.  The Canes took three of a possible four points in California, getting the six game road trip off to a good start.

Michael Leighton got his second start of the year, and he was much better than he was in his win against Tampa.  Partial credit on that goes to better defense in front of him, denying second chances.  Mostly, though, the credit is his for having better rebound control and better awareness.

Rod Brind’Amour and Eric Staal got key goals late in the game, and Ryan Bayda continued his impressive campaign by scoring his second goal of the season.

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Canes lose, but look like ninjas doing it

On Monday, the Hurricanes lost their first game of the season 3-1 to the Red Wings.  Even though they lost the game, the Hurricanes can take some good things out of the game. 
They also debuted their new alternate third sweater, which is actually a whole uniform.  They looked stealthy and ninja-like with their black socks, black pants, black gloves, black sweater and black lids.  I like the uniform in action even more than I thought I would.  I wasn’t in the building tonight, but they looked sharp on teevee.

Unlike the first two games, Carolina actually looked good in all three zones in the first period.  Like the first two games, they were scored upon first.  Unlike the first two games, they were unable to come back.

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Carolina opens with wild ride, win

Carolina opened their 11th season on Friday with a wild game against division foe Florida and a 6-4 win.  It wasn’t pretty, but two points in the standings look good any day of the week.
The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gates, giving up two goals in the first six minutes of the contest, but settled in nicely with goals from six different players and assists from seven different players.  At the end of it all, Tim Gleason earned the game’s first star with three assists.

Recap and notes after the jump

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Canes close preseason with win

After losing the first three exhibition games (and looking bad doing so) the Hurricanes rattled off three straight wins to finish the preseason.  Carolina will start playing games that count on Friday with a home game against the Panthers.

Eric Staal and Ray Whitney scored today for a 2-0 shutout over the Preds.  Cam Ward went the distance, making 31 stops with both teams pretty much fielding the “A team”.

For the first time all preseason, Rod Brind’Amour played.  He skated 19 shifts for a total of 15:04 of ice time.  He took just 13 of the faceoffs, compared to 17 taken by Brandon Sutter.  This was pretty much the plan: to use him sparingly.

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Canes expect to sign top pick today

The Hurricanes are expected to make an announcement today about their 2008 first round pick (and birthday boy) Zach Boychuk at some point today.  Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has been reporting all week that negotiations have been ongoing and that they are very close to signing a deal that is identical to the contract 2007 top pick Brandon Sutter signed back in March.  Today is Boychuk’s 19th birthday, which means he is ineligible for the AHL.  His options will be to play under contract on the big team, or go back to junior hockey. 

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