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On Sunday afternoon, the Hurricanes won their second straight game, extending their points streak to seven games. Since Boxing Day, they have earned 12 of 14 points and have kept themselves in position to climb inside the playoff picture.
Since Cam Ward is nursing a minor undisclosed injury, Justin Peters got his second start in a row, and although it was closer than it should have been, he got the two points and the Hurricanes are looking good as they hit the halfway mark of the season.
Although the JET line wasn’t paired togethter today, they were again the stars. Tuomo Ruutu had a goal and an assist, rookie Jeff Skinner got his 14th of the season, and Erik Cole notched the overtime game winner. Cole also was at the center of a controversial play that could have been a goal, but instead he was penalized for interfering with a Thrashers defenseman.
On Friday night, the Hurricanes played the Panthers for the second time this week, and it had a familiar theme. The Panthers got off to an early multi-goal lead, then watched it evaporate. On Monday, the Canes stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and steal a point with an overtime loss. On December 15, the Canes overcame a three-goal deficit against the Panthers to win in regulation, stealing two standings points. Last night, they were behind 2-0 in the second, but scored five unanswered goals to run away with a win and two stolen points.
Rookie Jeff Skinner was by far the best player on the ice, with two goals, an assist, and a couple of skating clinics. Tuomo Ruutu had three assists and Erik Cole added two goals. The JET line wasn’t together for the whole game, but they collectively had eight (4/4) points.
Justin Peters got the nod in nets because Cam Ward came down with some “undisclosed” concern. He probably would have started anyway, but now it looks like he could get two starts in a row.
On Wednesday night, the Hurricanes found themselves in an early 3-0 hole against the Florida Panthers, but they found a way to climb all the way back for a 4-3 regulation win. 18-year old Jeff Skinner had a lot to do with it. He was officially the second star of the game, but by my recollection, he was the best player on the ice.
I was out, ostensibly working, but in reality drinking a limited batch Sierra Nevada beer, so I didn’t watch the game live. I have a bad habit of checking the score, even when I’m DVRing the game, and I did that a lot early. I saw that Carolina had given up three goals in the first six minutes, and I didn’t bother checking any more after that. Much to my surprise, when I watched the DVR, I saw my boys climb the mountain and emerge with an improbable win. It came on the shoulders of Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu and backup netminder Justin Peters.
Cam Ward, who had been blazing hot in goal in his last ten starts, had a bad night. In just 102 seconds, he allowed two goals on five shots and was replaced by Peters.
Jim Rutherford and Peter Karmanos promised that Carolina wouldn’t be active in the free agent market, and they’ve followed through on that promise. On Monday night, they announced the re-signing of backup goaltender Justin Peters. He committed to a two-year two-way contract which will pay him the NHL league minimum of $500k in 2010-11. The following season, his NHL salary will be $550k. In each season, the AHL salary would be $105k. Of this, he is guaranteed $225k in 2010-11 and $250k the following season.
This solidifies what was already pretty clear. Peters will be the backup and Manny Legace will have to move along.
So far this summer, Carolina hasn’t made any signings other than to renew the contracts of its own. After the dust settles, they might acquire some role players from the FA pool, but no major moves are expected.
Today, the Hurricanes, via the Canes Now blog at the Raleigh News & Disturber, have announced that they’ve made a decision about the goaltending logjam. 23-year old Justin Peters will be the guy backing up Cam Ward next season. This means that 37-year old Manny Legace, who played his heart out in an emergency situation for the Canes, will be free to become a free agent on July 1. He suggested that he might consider playing in the KHL if things don’t work out for him in the NHL.
Manny started the season in the Atlanta Thrashers farm team, and was signed out of desperation when the Canes and River Rats had a bunch of injuries to goaltenders. There wasn’t anyone available in Albany, so they had to go the free agent route. At one point, Albany had a goaltender on loan from another club.
This is just one of many moves to get the team younger, and it really sucks that a quality guy like Manny got caught up in the numbers game, but it is what it is, and the youth movement is something that has to happen.
For tonight’s game against the Thrashers, the Hurricanes have activated Cam Ward from the IR and have also assigned Justin Peters to Albany. Peters has played very well for the Canes, but will be needed as the Rats head down the stretch and into the Calder Cup playoffs. And then there’s the fact that Cam Ward is back from injury. Ward has been out of the lineup since before the Olympic break with a back injury and will re-enter the lineup in the unfamiliar spot of the backup’s chair. Manny Legace, who is auditioning for next year’s team, will get the start in nets tonight.
On Thursday night, the Hurricanes hosted the Washington Capitals in a game that had very very little playoff implications. Someone forgot to tell the home team, and they emerged with a 4-3 overtime win.
Former Cane Joe (s)Corvo scored twice for the Caps in the middle stanza while Eric Staal got one for the Canes.
Brett Carson and Chad LaRose scored for the Canes in the third and Eric Fehr forced overtime.
Ray Whitney scored with a shot “from the ladies’ tees” in the final minute of overtime to give Justin Peters another huge win in his young NHL goaltending career.
Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice has announced that Brandon Sutter will not be able to play tonight against the visiting
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.
On Thursday night, the Penguins and their mob of fans invaded Raleigh. They used blitzkrieg tactics to take a 2-0 lead just five and a half minutes into the game, and it looked like they would have their way with the host Hurricanes. However, the Hurricanes fought back and ultimately emerged with a 4-3 overtime win. The sea of powder blue sweater-clad fans, who were boisterous during the game, left in silence while the Hurricanes fans reclaimed their own barn.
Justin Peters, who faced 40 shots in the game, looked shaky at times. In the end, though, he earned his fourth win in five tries thanks to some outstanding work in the third frame.
Brian Pothier, who was part of the return on the Joe Corvo trade, scored his first Hurricanes goal to win the game very early in the overtime period.
Back in early October, if someone had told me that the Hurricanes wouldn’t pitch a shutout until March 7, I would have laughed. If someone had told me that Manny Legace would be the one to do it, I would have hit them. Thanks to poor play early in the season, a bout of injuries to Cam Ward and a dismissal of Michael Leighton, Manny Legace has pretty much found himself in the starting goalie’s chair in Carolina. And he got the team’s first shutout of the season on Sunday, a 4-0 win over the Thrashers.
On Thursday, Legace defeated the Senators 4-1, and this had quite a bit of significance for him. It was the first time he’d ever defeated the Senators and it means that he has at least one victory against all 30 active teams.
I’ve said a number of times, and I’ll say again: I hope some other team is taking note and I really hope that Manny gets a contract when he becomes a free agent on July 1. He deserves it very much, but it looks like the Canes won’t have any room for him on the big roster. Justin Peters has pretty much played himself into a situation where it’s his position (backup to Cam) to lose. He’s much younger and much cheaper. It sucks for Manny, but this team needs to get younger.
Peters, who has played very well in four starts, got his first NHL loss on Saturday, a 4-1 loss at Florida.
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.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes defeated the Devils 5-2 to complete a sizzling hot month of February. They have now won five in a row to go 5-2 in February. They also went 9-5 in January and are easily one of the hottest teams in the East. Unlike a lot of teams, they’ll lament the Olympic break. While it’s still astronomically improbable, there’s still a slim chance that these boys can qualify for postseason play.
Justin Peters got his second NHL start on the second Saturday in a row, and he got his second win. Ray Whitney (who might still be traded away at the trading deadline) and Jussi Jokinen each scored twice while Zach Boychuk got his first NHL goal. Martin Brodeur was chased from the nets early in the third with the score 4-0.
It looks a little bit like other teams are refusing to take the Hurricanes seriously, but the boys are having fun, and they’re refusing to give up. As a fan, it’s amazing to watch, even if it’s a little bit frustrating.
In a season where not much has gone right, the Canes can be happy that they’ve played very well in the 2010 portion of this season. They can also be happy that with a 2-0-2 record against the Islanders, they earned six of eight points in that season series. It’s not much, but it’s something.
They can also be happy that young goaltender Justin Peters, who made his NHL debut on Saturday, has a bright future ahead of him. He made 34 saves to earn his first big league win. He looked confident in nets, even if he looked shaky in the post-game interview. Cam Ward is out with a back injury, and although we don’t know the specifics, I’d be surprised if he comes back before the Olympic break. Peters might get one of the three starts before the break, and possibly more after the break. Depending on Cam’s exam on Monday, and depending on the Hurricanes’ desire to put him back out there, it might be next season before Ward suits back up. Either way, the Canes are going to have to find a way to get Cam Ward more rest than he’s been getting over the past three seasons.