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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81