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Legace shuts out Atlanta

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.

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