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Canes Need Quick Rebound from Tough Loss

Wednesday, 02.4.2009 / 11:08 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Need Quick Rebound from Tough Loss
Tough one last night. I immediately felt the same way I did after the November 6 game at Washington where a late goal (two, in that case) stunned the Canes in the final minutes and robbed them of what seemed to be at least one sure point.
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John and Tripp mentioned this on the broadcast quite a bit so I won’t belabor the point, but I really expected the dying minutes of the game to be quite conservative on both sides. Teams from opposite conferences, even those on the bubble like the Canes and Canucks, aren’t competing for the same playoff spot. Handing the other team a point by getting to overtime doesn’t hurt in the standings the way it would against the likes of Florida or Pittsburgh. Once you get that far, then you can see about trying to grab that second point any way you can.

Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way, and now the Canes are under a bit more pressure to come away with something tomorrow night in San Jose. 

As far as positives they can take from last night, I was impressed with how quickly they were moving the puck around, both at even strength and on the power play. Breakouts from the defensive end were made easier by short, fast and accurate passes, and all three Carolina goals game with quick cross-ice passes that allowed a man to get behind the Vancouver defense.

Even though the winning goal came while the Hurricanes were on the man-advantage, it had been a while since they scored two power play goals in the same game – not since the Jan. 2 win over St. Louis, to be exact. The power play will need to be that good down the stretch.

Also, the Canes made several plays with strong, physical play in the offensive end. Players like Matt Cullen and Tuomo Ruutu were skating into the zone with authority and throwing their body around to make sure the puck stayed there. It was probably one of the better offensive efforts of the season for a lot of players – it just figured that it comes on a night where they allow four.

The hangover from this one can’t last long, as the Canes will get their first look at one of the best teams in the league tomorrow night.  Coming out of the All-Star break, Paul Maurice said one of his biggest tasks down the stretch would be managing the team emotionally and making sure they kept their focus after big wins and tough losses alike.  He'll need to have the Canes ready tomorrow.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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