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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81