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On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes will travel to Toronto, where they will try to pull out of a three-game losing skid. Their opponent for tonight, the Maple Leafs, has been a disappointment to the home team fans. At one point this season, a Leafs fan was so upset with his team that he threw a waffle onto the Air Canada Centre ice. This earned the fan a permanent ban from all events in the ACC and all other venues governed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Carolina will hope to upset the home crowd tonight, and will be on the lookout for flying Christmas fruitcakes.
I’m on the road and haven’t been able to see any of the action since last Monday, but I know that the Canes have had enough of losing by the score of 3-2.
Tim Gleason, who was exiled to the dressing room for the bulk of Sunday’s game, will be back on the ice, and that’ll be a big boost to Carolina’s blue line. He was sent off for a questionable charging call late in the first period of the game against Washington and assessed a game misconduct. He hasn’t and won’t apologise for the hit, which started a Rube Goldberg-esque chain of events that culminated in Mathieu Perreault lying bloody on the ice. Gleason hit Perreault, who had his stick high, bracing for the hit. The stick snapped and ended up hitting and cutting Perreault’s face. Because of this, he fell face-first to the ice and broke his nose.
Today, the Hurricanes made official what we all knew was going to happen. Defenseman Tim Gleason and center Brandon Sutter have been named alternate captains for Carolina. Gleason was the obvious choice of the defensemen, and he wore the A a bunch last year when the injuries were taking toll on the team’s leaders. He’s grown into a position of leadership and has been a “team first” kind of guy for the last two seasons at least. In case you never saw this clip from last season, here’s a perfect example of why he gets to wear the A:
Starting with the trading deadline back in March, the Hurricanes have been undergoing a slow, and steady but very drastic shift to a younger team. That’s pretty well known by now, but for some reason it really struck me today when I was slapped in the face with the reality that 28-year old Chad LaRose will be the fifth oldest player on the opening night roster on October 7.
On Opening day last season, only Eric Staal, Cam Ward, Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen, Tuomo Ruutu and Tim Gleason were younger than Sharpie, but this fall, he will find himself very much on the other end of the spectrum. Adam Gold and Joe Ovies from 99.9 The Fan had LaRose on the show today and they joked about how he’s getting long in the tooth. The only four players older than #59 are 33-year old Joe Corvo and Sergei Samsonov, Erik Cole and Tom Kostopoulos, all of whom are 31. By contrast, last season’s opening day roster had seven guys older than Corvo.
On Thursday, Hurricanes fans were expecting news about two defensemen. We were expecting a trade announcement involving the San Jose Sharks and Niclas “The Secret Weapon” Wallin. That hasn’t come yet, and still stands as only a rumor. I suspect something is happening though, because the team announced that forward Jiri Tlusty has been reassigned to Albany. Does this mean the team is on the verge of multiple trades? We’ll soon find out.
The other news came as expected. Canes 27-year old defenseman Tim Gleason (Clawson, MI) and Ryan Whitney (Boston, MA) from the Ducks were named to team USA as a replacements for Paul Martin and Mike Komisarek. Whitney, who is no relation to Carolina’s Ray Whitney, will turn 27 during the tournament. Both players were expected to have made the team in the first place and they’ll make very nice additions to the team.
Team USA begins is preliminary round play on Tuesday February 16 against Switzerland. They’ll also play Norway and Canada in the first week of the tournament.
For Team USA, the opening game is two weeks away, but already they’re having injury concerns on the blue line. This could be good news for Canes defenseman Tim Gleason.
Today, Devils defenseman Paul Martin withdrew himself from the Olympics due to an arm injury. Martin, a Minneapolis native, suffered a broken left forearm early in the season, and has suffered setbacks in the healing process.
Although nothing has been announced, it looks like Mike Komisarek (West Islip, NY) is too banged up with a shoulder injury to play for team USA. This means that two players will get called up to replace them.
My opinion is certainly biased, but it seems like Tim Gleason (Clawson, MI) should and will be one of the replacements.
Tonight will be the third of six meetings between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurrianes. In each of the previous two meetings, Alexander Ovechkin has found a way to injure Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. Tonight, the crafty Russian will have another chance.
On November 30, in Raleigh, Ovechkin showed a bit of his reckless side when he instigated a knee-on-knee hit on Gleason that resulted in a bigger injury for the hitter than the hittee. Gleason missed one shift, while Ovechkin was ejected and handed a two-game suspension.
On December 11, in DC, Gleason suffered a nasty cut on the mouth after an Ovechkin slapshot caromed off Gleason’s stick and right into his face. Obviously, AO didn’t do this on purpose, but it was kind of strange. The injury kept Gleason out of the game for one period and he returned to score a dramatic shorthanded goal that forced overtime. He would later miss a few games with concussion-like symptoms.
Hockey players are known for playing through injuries that other athletes wouldn’t. Is it toughness? Stupidity? Steadfastness? Sisu? I don’t know. But what Tim Gleason did last night was simply badassed. After taking a puck to the kisser and suffering a nasty cut, he came back all stitched up and scored an even nastier shorthanded goal:
On Friday, the Hurricanes announced that both Erik Cole and Chad LaRose would be placed on the injured reserve list. Jiří Tlustý and Pat Dwyer were called up from Albany to fill the forward lines. Cole has an “upper body injury” and will be out for two to three weeks. Sharpie has a “lower body injury” and will be out for three to four weeks.
It didn’t take long for the Czech to make his mark. Just 2:01 into the game, on his first shift as a Hurricane, Tlustý gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. Carolina built a 2-0 lead in the first period, watched it evaporate in the second, then traded goals in the third. Regulation ended in a 3-3 deadlock and Mike Green gave the Caps the win at 1:16 of the extra frame.
For the second game in a row, Carolina lost, but played well. There’s no column in the standings for “well played loss”, but there is one for “overtime loss”, so Carolina gets a much needed standings point.
On Thursday night, the Hurricanes hosted the Maple Leafs with a good chance to stretch their points streak to four games. Although things didn’t go well early on, they battled back. Although they gave up a would-be game winning goal with 30 seconds remaining in the third, they never gave up. Erik Cole scored with two seconds remaining, and then the Finns took care of business in the shootout. Carolina emerged with a gutsy 6-5 win and they have crawled out of the Eastern conference cellar. Baby steps.
The Canes spotted the Leafs one goal, allwing Matt Stajan to score on the Leafs second shot of the game at 1:01 of the first. Lee Stempniak added one at 14:21 and Mikail Grabovski another at 18:26. Things, seemingly, were about to fall apart. However, as they have done repeatedly this month, they refused to let a two or three goal deficit cancel their will to compete. Instead of folding like a rented futon, they displayed a little sisu and fought back. And won.
On Friday night, the Hurricanes played a much better game than they did on Wednesday, and the end result was a 2-1 overtime win off the stick of Tim Gleason. With the road split, Carolina has stolen home ice from the Devils. Games three and four will be in Raleigh on Sunday and Tuesday.
Carolina is no stranger to overtime hockey in the playoffs, and defenseman Nic Wallin has been the go-to guy. He has three overtime winners in his playoffs career, which is tied for second among active players. Although he didn’t notch the game winner, he’s rumored to have played a major part in it.
On Thursday night, with a nearly full house, the Hurricanes lost a very exciting game 6-4 to the Leafs. The game was pretty much a microcosm of the Hurricanes season. Long stretches of disappointment punctuated with brief but intense moments of inspiration. It was also one of the most intense regular season games I’ve ever attended.
The Canes stood around for 37 minutes while the Leafs built a 4-0 lead. Then they got a fluky goal from Matt Cullen with about two to play in the second. The Canes came out on fire in the third, completely owning the first 12 minutes of the period. On second period markers from Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal and Scott Walker, Carolina climbed all the way back to tie the game. And then the wheels fell off.
Carolina gave up a four-on-three power play goal to Tomas Kaberle late in the third, then an empty netter from Jason Blake. It completed the hat trick for Blake and closed the scoring out at 6-4.
It was another painful loss, the fourth in a row. However, some good things did happen, even if that only lasted 14 minutes.
On Thursday, the Hurricanes had a very long and hard practice after playing a completely terrible game on Wednesday night. Tim Gleason sat down with News & Observer columnist Luke Decock and basically blasted himself and the rest of the team.
“That’s what happens when you suck… Go ahead and write that down…
We went through a hard workout today which was well deserved because we stunk yesterday and we stunk (against) Atlanta…
Starting from myself, I was terrible… I made a stupid play right off the bat and that hurt us. I know I have to be better.
That’s the meat of it, but I recommend reading the entire article here.
Carolina opened their 11th season on Friday with a wild game against division foe Florida and a 6-4 win. It wasn’t pretty, but two points in the standings look good any day of the week.
The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gates, giving up two goals in the first six minutes of the contest, but settled in nicely with goals from six different players and assists from seven different players. At the end of it all, Tim Gleason earned the game’s first star with three assists.
Recap and notes after the jump
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The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 33 players, and with the regular season just 10 days away, there are still quite a few lineup issues to be resolved. The most intriguing issue is the blueline. There are still nine defensemen in camp, and only three of them—Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkänen—are guaranteed roster spots. And this doesn’t count the enigmatic and AWOL David (aka “Avi”, aka “Snuggles”) who has not shown up for camp and claims he is still concussed.
The News&Observer has opened the floor for the debate: How will the defensive pairings be filled out? Everybody agrees that Gleason, Pitkänen and Corvo are in the top four. The debate is about who among Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Frantisek Kaberle, Josef Melichar, Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will play every night, who will be a healthy scratch, who will be relegated to Albany, and finally who will be traded to Los Angeles. To make matters more confusing, free agent Bryan Rodney is among the last men standing after another round of cuts on Sunday.
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