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Corvo's Goal Makes History

Friday, 12.19.2008 / 12:08 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Corvo\'s Goal Makes History
Joe Corvo's goal last night  was a thing of beauty. Not only did it win the game in overtime for the Hurricanes, their sixth straight game with at least one point earned in the standings, but ESPN even called it the best individual play in the world of sports last night.

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(Technically, Tyler Hansbrough breaking the UNC scoring record was number one, but that was picked for its significance rather than for the basket itself. Either way, nice night for Triangle sports).

No disrespect to Psycho-T, but Corvo’s goal had some historical meaning of its own. Coupled with his goal against Montreal two nights earlier, it was the first time in franchise history that a defenseman scored back-to-back game-winning goals.

In addition to that goal, his fourth in his last four games, he also played a big part in holding the fort defensively when he and Joni Pitkanen were the only NHL regulars on an injury-decimated Hurricanes blueline last week.

“Wow,” was the first thing Paul Maurice said when asked about Corvo’s contributions lately. “Thirty minutes a night and looks good doing it. Joe is one of those players that when you go back and look at the videotape, he played a lot better even than you think he did.”

As for his goal, it seemed strange at first for someone with the best slap shot on the team to pass up a chance on net with time winding down. Three Panthers sprawled on the ice later, and the game was over.

“That was something that you don’t see very often – a defenseman having the confidence to pull that off,” said Maurice. “Good for him, and it’s good for a defenseman. Everyone enjoys it when a defenseman scores in overtime.”

The Canes will take that momentum with them to Boston tomorrow afternoon, where they’ll encounter a team as dominant as any in the league this year. 

The Bruins are 22-5-4 on the season and have scored more and allowed fewer goals than any other team in the league to post a staggering +42 goal differential.  They’ve also won 12 straight at home since starting the season 0-1-1 at TD Banknorth Garden.

“They’ve got the whole package going right now, but most importantly they’ve got some confidence,” said Maurice. “Our ability to break the puck out again is going to be critical against this team.”

The Canes had to hurry out to Beantown this morning to start their three-game pre-Christmas trip, as a nasty snowstorm kept pushing their departure earlier and earlier. This is saying something because they’ve been playing very well lately, but between the 20-minute practice and the hasty packing session afterwards, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the guys move so fast.

Anton Babchuk skated full-contact for the first time since his elbow injury and is expected to play tomorrow after Brett Carson was reassigned to Albany. Niclas Wallin also skated, but is probably still a week away.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61