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Despite Grittier Play, Canes are Flashy

Friday, 01.2.2009 / 11:55 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Despite Grittier Play, Canes are Flashy
Dating back to the worst of their offensive woes in the first half of the season, the Canes have been talking about wanting to score more ugly goals through screens, redirects and rebounds.

For that being the objective, they sure are scoring a lot of pretty ones lately.

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen Joe Corvo’s overtime winner against Florida, Eric Staal’s coast-to-coast effort at Atlanta, and a pair of beauties by Corvo and Sergei Samsonov in the team’s last game at home to the Thrashers.

Despite the team stuffing the highlight reel lately, coach Paul Maurice said that the message hasn’t changed.

“We’re trying to score the other kind, and that’s usually when you score the pretty ones,” he said. “When your focus is to score them ugly, get pucks to the net and do it simple, all of the sudden seams and holes open up that you can’t believe. But if you go out and you’re looking for those, the other team just stands in the middle of the ice and you get nothing and everybody’s frustrated."

A few of those goals from the group mentioned above, most notably Staal’s and Corvo’s against Atlanta, can be attributed in part to a larger commitment to puck possession. Both players brought the puck into the offensive zone with speed and held onto it rather than dumping it in and giving chase.

Despite the run of flashy goals, Maurice said he believes the ugly ones will still be the key to beating some of the Eastern Conference’s more defensive teams.

“We’re not trying to take away their creativity,” he said. “We’re trying to generate offense when there’s really no offense there. Boston and New Jersey take away the core off the ice and there’s nothing to be had off the rush, so it’s got to go to the net and something else might happen. That’s what we’re trying to do.”


 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74