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On Monday, the Hurricanes played their final preseason game, an exhibition against SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The Russian team won 5-3 in a game that has been described as “chippy”, “dirty” and “a joke”. For safety reasons, coach Paul Maurice had to bench Canes captain Eric Staal in the third period. Cam Ward was also taken out of the game for precautionary reasons.
There was a series of incidents in the middle stanza where the SKA players were apparently targeting Staal. After a few knee-on-knee occurrences, Tim Gleason took matters into his own hands and pummeled Alexei Petrov. This resulted in ejections for both players. Later in the game, Jay Harrison was also ejected for the same. I didn’t watch the game, but I’ve been told by decidedly biased Canes fans that the officiating was lax and the SKA players were blatantly attempting to injure Carolina’s star players.
It was a game with a lot of promise for cross-league promotion. It could have set the table for games like this to be annual. After this, though, there’s little chance that the Hurricanes or any NHL team will want to schedule this type of exhibition. Too much risk and not enough reward.