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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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