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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.
When the Hurricanes named Eric Staal captain last Wednesday, there was an unrelated but simultaneous shift, moving him back to his natural position of center. All he’s done in the three games since then is score five goals, and for the first time all season, he has a three game goal streak. More importantly, he looks fully healthy and is shooting the puck with authority.
As an added bonus, his teammates are finding him in open ice with great scoring opportunities. And he’s not missing. In the last three games, he’s recorded 14 shots and has scored on five of those shots. I’ll take that any day of the week. With 31 games left, he needs 15 more goals to keep his streak of 30+ goal seasons alive. He’s up to speed, and I think he’ll make it. Just.
Alex Oveckin, and Dany Heatley have already hit the 30 goal plateau for the fifth straight season. Ilya Kovalchuk has done it for the seventh straight season. Jerome Iginla hasn’t yet, but will. When Iggy hits 30 goals, it’ll be his ninth straight NHL season hitting that mark. At 12 goals and currently as cold as ice, Henrik Zetterberg is going to have a tough time extending his streak of four seasons of 30+ goals.