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Corvo's Goal Makes History

Friday, 12.19.2008 / 12:08 PM ET / 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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62