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On Tuesday, the Hurricanes won their third straight game and extended their streak to eight games in which they’ve earned at least one standings point. It wasn’t a pretty game, and they needed the shootout to earn the extra point, winning 6-5 against the Flames. At one point late in the second, the Canes had a three goal lead, but the pesky Flames fought back and nearly stole the game in regulation. Although it was nerve-wracking, the Canes got the two points and there’s no harm in giving away one point across conference lines.
Jussi Jokinen, who missed six games with a “lower body concern” returned to the lineup with a bang: he scored two goals and assisted on another. Cam Ward was named to the All-Star roster Tuesday morning, and also returned to the lineup after backing up Justin Peters two games in a row. He didn’t put up All-Star numbers, but he picked up the win, and that’s what matters the most.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes pulled off a major trade with the Calgary Flames. When they acquired rugged forward Troy Bodie on Tuesday, it looked like a trade might be on the horizon, but I didn’t expect this. The Canes sent mercurial defenseman Anton Babchuk and reliable fourth liner Tom Kostopoulos to the Flames in exchange for defenseman Ian White and forward Brett (cousin of Brandon) Sutter. The new players are not available and defenseman Brett Carson has been recalled from Charlotte.
Brett Sutter, who is the nephew of Flames coach Brent Sutter and the son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter has been in the papers recently, but not for the right reasons. In his best imitation of Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, he was arrested for punching a cab driver in Arizona. Neither his assignment to the AHL nor this trade has anything to do with the incident. Apparently, this has been in the works since late October.
I like this trade. I like it a lot. Carolina gives up something to get something, and they end up taking on some salary cap, but I really like it.
On Friday night, there was a lot of excitement in Raleigh surrounding the visit from the Northwest leading Calgary Flames. Not the least of which was the return of Erik Cole to the Hurricanes lineup after a 63 game stint with the Oilers. Added to that, the Hurricanes longtime nemesis Olli Jokinen was just traded to Calgary. Added to that was the fact that Carolina desperately needs standings points. Even an overtime loss would have been acceptable. The 6-1 rout by Carolina was beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
After the meltdown in Atlanta last week, Carolina has beaten two of the top teams in the league, and beaten them convincingly. First, there was a 5-2 win on the road against the Southeast leading Capitals, then this blowout over the Flames. The hard part now will be to keep that mojo going against a considerably less formidable opponent tonight in Tampa.
Since the trade deadline on Wednesday, the entire league has been talking about how the Flames top line of Mike Cammalleri, Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen were the best line in the entire league. Carolina contained that line, holding Cammalleri and Jokinen to zero shots each and Iginla to three. Iggy scored a meaningless goal at 16:11 of the third. Aside from that, the “best line in hockey” didn’t do anything.
Instead, it was all about Ray Whitney, who tallied three goals for his third career hat trick and his 300th career goal.