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LaRose, Ward pace Canes to big win

At this point in the season, the Hurricanes have to view every game as a “must win” and they know that they are also going to need some outside help to get into the playoffs.  They entered play Tuesday night three points behind the eighth place Sabres.  The Canes held up their end of the deal with a 4-3 win over the visiting Senators. 

Cam Ward made 36 saves and Chad Sharpie LaRose had two goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 third period lead.  The Sens scored a late goal to make it a one-goal game, then they prevented Sharpie from completing the hat trick.  The regulation win temporarily put the Canes just one point back of the Sabres, who were playing in Montréal, but the Canadiens didn’t do Carolina any favours.  Buffalo ended up winning 2-0, maintaining their three point lead over Carolina. 

Carolina will be off until Friday, when they will play a back-to-back home-and-home with Tampa.  Buffalo’s schedule will be much lighter: a Friday/Saturday home set against Florida and New Jersey.  In order to stay in contention, Carolina will have to win at least one of those Tampa games, and obviously they prefer to win both.  New Jersey has run out of luck, out of steam and out of time.  They’re not going to roll over for Buffalo, but they now know that their miraculous run is over and that they’re not going to make the playoffs.

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Ward and the kids shine in Ottawa

On Wednesday night, Cam Ward earned his second shutout of the season, Zach Boychuk scored two goals and Pat Dwyer scored his second in as many nights to pace the Hurricanes to a 4-0 whitewash of the Ottawa Senators.  Erik Cole scored the other goal. 

Boychuk was called up two weeks ago to replace the injured Jiri Tlusty and had only notched one assist in five previous games.  He potted two goals in the first period tonight and nearly completed the hat trick early in the second.  Pat Dwyer has played every game this season for the big team and has now matched his exact point production (7 goals, 5 assists) from last season.  He will not, at any point, be reassigned to Charlotte, and he’s pretty much guaranteed that his contract will be renewed over the summer. 

Cam Ward, meanwhile, is silently putting himself in the top tier in every goaltending statistical category.

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Canes blow up against Ottawa

Lately, the Carolina Hurricanes have, on alternate nights, scored seven goals or given up seven goals.  On Wednesday night, they were the former.  It might have had something to do with a parking space. 

While the Canes are in the midst of Rebuild v2.1, the Sens were a team with a lot other than hockey on their mind.  Because of the tragic events with the 14-year old daughter of assistant coach Luke Richardson, the team didn’t travel or practice according to schedule this week.  They played with heavy hearts and minds elsewhere, but the Hurricanes had a job to do.  And they did it quite well. 

Behind a terrific five (3/2) point night from captain Eric Staal, the Hurricanes thrashed the Senators 7-1 and will take their show up to the Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

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Are the Hurricanes headed for another disaster?

The Carolina Hurricanes have lost their last two games badly, getting outscored 15-3.  Earlier this month, they played in three other lopsided games and were on the winning side of two of those.  There hasn’t been a real rhythm so far.  They haven’t won more than two in a row and they haven’t lost more than two in a row.  They’ve looked really bad one night and great the next.  It’s hard to say how the season is going, but one thing that’s for sure is that the home game against Ottawa on Wednesday will be a real gut check.

They’ll have to bounce back from a really poor showing at Montréal in which they lost 7-2 and an embarrassment at home against Philly on Veterans Day, which they lost 8-1.  To be fair, those teams lead their respective division, and they’re both very good.  However, those games weren’t even competitive for more than a few minutes.  Ottawa is also a good team, three points ahead of Carolina in the Eastern standings.  They’re going to have to be better.  This means making some changes.

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Canes start North American season with loss

On Thursday, the Hurricanes played their first game of the season on North American soil.  They won the two games in Finland, but dropped the game in Ottawa 3-2.

Before the game was three minutes old, Senators netminder Pascal Leclaire had to leave the game with what appeared to be a groin injury.  Brian Elliott came on in relief, and got the job done.  On the other end of the rink, Cam Ward was great, but a was done in by a late power play goal.

Eric Staal and Sergei Samsonov each scored his first goal of the season for the Canes, while Mike Fisher was the man for Ottawa with two goals including the game winner.

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Red-hot Canes win seventh straight.

On Thursday night, the new-look Carolina Hurricanes took to the ice with a very different team, but the result was the same. A win.  They defeated Matt Cullen and the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-1 to earn their seventh straight win.  Remarkably, they remain in the playoff hunt, and they’ve turned from the league’s worst team to the league’s hottest team.

Manny Legace made 25 saves and was the game’s first star.  Newly recalled Zach Boychuk pitched in two assists.  The newly acquired Brian Pothier dished out three hits and five blocked shots.  The Canes got goals from Tom Kostopoulos, Rod Brind’Amour, Chad LaRose and an empty netter from Brandon Sutter.  Matt Cullen notched his first goal as a Sen.

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Hurricanes top Sens, Laviolette passes Tortorella

On Friday, the Hurricanes used two third period goals to beat the visiting Senators 2-1.  The win was coach Peter Laviolette’s 163rd behind the Carolina bench and his 240th overall NHL win.  He is now the winningest US born coach in NHL history. 

I realize that this accomplishment pales in comparison to Scotty Bowman, who won a like billion games and nine Stanley Cups. I also realize that the Detroit Red Wings invented the sun and the moon, but that isn’t my focus. 

Playing in just his fifth game, goaltender Michael Leighton picked up his fourth win and has continued to be impressive as a backup.

Joe Corvo, playing in his second game against his former team, got the game winner.

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Terrible Twos

In each of its last four games, Carolina has allowed an opposing player to pot two goals.  This is obviously a trend that needs to come to an end immediately.

On Saturday, Ethan Moreau scored two when the Oilers defeated the Canes 3-1.
On Sunday, Mikhail Grabovski scored two, but the Hurricanes beat the Leafs 6-4.
On Tuesday, Grabovski duplicated his two goal performance, but Carolina held on for a 5-4 win over Toronto.
On Thursday, Alexander Semin had two markers to lead the Caps to a 3-2 win over Carolina.

The Canes are at home tonight against Ottawa, and they will have Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza to deal with. 

Both the Canes and the Sens are playing the second of back-to-back games.  The starting goalies should be Michael Leighton for Carolina and Martin Gerber for Ottawa.

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