Tracking the Storm

Scoring First Nice, but not Always Necessary

Saturday, 11.29.2008 / 12:06 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Scoring First Nice, but not Always Necessary

Most would agree that the Hurricanes’ biggest problem leading up to yesterday’s win in Philadelphia was coming out with the right kind of intensity in the first period.

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That being said, it must have been a little frustrating to go to the locker room down 1-0 after a strong opening frame against the Flyers.  The goal they did allow was an unlucky deflection off Joni Pitkanen’s stick, which was correctly positioned to block a cross-crease pass to a Flyer who would have had an awful good look at an open net.

Fortunately for the Hurricanes, they didn’t let that frustration get to them en route to an eventual 3-2 overtime win.

“You can’t leave the first period where you’ve done the right things but you’re down 1-0 , go in and throw the table around,” said coach Peter Laviolette.

”In the tough times like this you still have to believe in your thing, believe in your system, play in the system and try hard,” said Tuomo Ruutu, who scored the Canes’ second goal.  “I don’t think there’s any other way to bounce back.”

Still, the Canes would like to get on the board first for a change, something they haven’t done in their last nine games.  In some of those games they haven’t come out with the determination they would have liked, but to say that’s happened in all nine contests would be premature.  In hockey, good early efforts don't always translate to early goals for one reason or another.

”I don’t know what to say about that,” said Laviolette.  “It happens.  Same thing yesterday [in Philadelphia].  We killed it the way we wanted to kill it, we gave up the shots I guess you want to give up.  It was a low play they just threw to the front of the net and it goes off our stick and into the net.  There’s not much you can do about it.”

The Canes are 4-5-0 during the current streak of trailing first, showing it isn’t necessarily the key to winning the game.  Wins over Montreal, Phoenix and Philadelphia were all solid, consistent efforts, even if they did have to mount a small comeback.

“What really matters is the score at the end of the night, but in saying that I’d like to score the first goal,” said Laviolette.  “That would be nice.”

Laviolette said that Tim Gleason, Dennis Seidenberg and Scott Walker are all doubtful for tomorrow’s game against the Ducks.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72