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Ward, Whitney and Staal force game seven

On Sunday night, the Hurricanes had their back against the wall in their own building.  They responded with easily their best game of the series and a 4-0 shutout over the Devils.  The series will move back to Newark for the decisive game seven on Tuesday.

Eric Staal had two goals and an assist.  Ray Whitney had the game winner and three assists.  Cam Ward pitched a perfect 28 save shutout.

This has been a beautiful series and is about as evenly matched as it could be.  Each team has had one easy win.  Each team has had one shutout.  Each team has had an overtime win.  This has been as advertised and then some.  It’s a shame that neither team is named “Pittsburgh” or “Washington”, or there would have been more national teevee….

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Canes crush Isles, continue to roll.

On Tuesday night, the Islanders didn’t bother showing up to the RBC Center, as the Hurricanes cruised to an embarrassingly easy 9-0 victory.  In fact,. the Isles only mustered 12 shots on goal for the entire game, compared to Carolina’s 57.  The differential of 45 SOG is a new franchise record. 

Eric Staal notched his fourth hat trick of the season, scoring three goals and adding one assist.  This was the “one more big game” that I’ve been promising out of him.  Tuomo Ruutu scored two.  Dwight Helminen, Scott Walker, Rod Brind’Amour and Frantisek Kaberle scored one each. 

Cam Ward earned his 39th win and his fifth shutout of the season.  The former sets a new franchise record.

This is Carolina’s ninth straight win, which ties a mark that was set twice during the 2005-06 Cup-winning season.  It is also a franchise best twelfth consecutive home victory.

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Carolina gets big win in Jersey

On Saturday night, the Hurricanes went to the Prudential Center, where the host Devils had won 11 games in a row.  The Hurricanes were on a five game winning streak and the Devils were on a three game losing streak. Carolina got the job done, earning a 2-1 regulation victory and moving oh so close to securing a playoff position. 

For the sixth game in a row, the story was Cam Ward.  Not the two goals in the third period.  Not the great defensive coverage.  Cam Ward.  Martin Brodeur did make 46 saves compared to just 31 by Ward, but there’s no reason to deny the recent greatness of Ward.  He’s allowed just five total goals in his last four starts.  In that span, his save percentage is a ridiculous .960 and a GAA of 1.24.  His best highlights in this game were in the second period, and they were both against Zach Parise.  One was an explosive kick save and a ten-bell diving blocker save.  Brodeur will get the accolades for the amount of shots he faced, but Ward kept the Canes in it with his sensational play in the second.

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