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Prospect Recap: Hurricanes 4, Wild 1

Thursday, 09.10.2009 / 3:22 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Kyle Hanlin
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Prospect Recap: Hurricanes 4, Wild 1
HURRICANES vs. WILD
Centre I.C.E. Arena Huntington Rink
Traverse City, MI
Sept. 10, 2009 - 6:30 p.m.

Pregame
The Hurricanes’ rookie squad takes to the ice in the championship game of the NHL Prospects Camp in Traverse City, MI, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., against the Minnesota Wild.

Following the game, the Hurricanes will announce their training camp roster, including players from the tournament. Training camp begins with physicals and physical testing on Saturday, and the team will hit the ice at the RBC Center for the first time on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Injuries to forward Justin McCrae and defenseman Michal Jordan have left the Hurricanes with just 16 healthy skaters and two goaltenders for tonight’s tilt. The injuries forced head coach Jeff Daniels and assistant coach Geordie Kinnear to make changes to the lineup that they have utilized throughout the tournament. Here are the reinvented forward lines and defensive pairings.

FORWARD LINES

Bowman – Sutter – Boychuk
Paradis – Dodge – Kennedy
Terry – Reed – Pistilli
Morneau – Chaput

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Reid – McBain
Day – Bellemore
Schmitz

GOALTENDERS

Murphy
Valiquette

NOTES:

  • The Canes’ top line got things started with a high-energy first shift, putting two shots on Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper. That’s a good sign since word on the street has been that Minnesota plays a very defensive style and has not been allowing many shots on goal or scoring chances.

  • Carolina strikes first as Chris Terry's point shot slides past Kuemper at 6:16 of the opening frame. Assists to Matt Pistilli and Beau Schmitz.

  • Matt Kennedy called for slashing called at 7:11 of the first period. Minnesota has the first power play of the game.

  • Zack Torquato makes a great pass from behind the net to Chad Rau in the slot as the Wild tie the game with a power-play goal at 7:40 of the first period. Kristopher Foucault credited with the second assist.

  • Chris Terry whistled for hooking at 16:53 of the first. Minnesota going on the power play again.

  • Canes killed off that power play – not much offense from the Wild.

  • As advertised, Minnesota does a good job in their own zone, limiting scoring chances and shots on goal. Shots at the end of the first period: Minnesota 11, Carolina 4.

  • Zach Boychuk out-skates Minnesota’s defense and scores unassisted at 7:01 of the second period! Beautiful play and amazing finish… that was somethin’. Unassisted, since he’s the guy that stole the puck.

  • Midway through the second period and shots are 16-8 in favor of Minnesota. Carolina’s forwards seem to be cherry-picking a bit in an attempt to generate some offense.

  • Brett Bellemore called for tripping at 18:47 of the second period. Minnesota on the power play for a third time.

  • Brandon Sutter scores shorthanded with 43.5 seconds remaining in the second period! Wrist shot from 25 feet that found its way under Kuemper’s right shoulder and over the blocker! Heck of a play! Shots: Wild 19, Canes 14 at the time of the goal (and the end of the second period, for that matter). Canes lead 3-1!

  • A bit of a melee at the 2:56 mark of the third period in the corner of Carolina’s zone as the teams took part in some extra-curricular pushing and shoving after the whistle. For the Canes, Chris Terry gets two min for charging, Matt Pistilli gets two for roughing, while Marco Scandella roughing for the Wild. Minny’s fourth power play (I think) to Carolina’s zero power plays. Canes killed it off, thanks in large part to a few great saves by Mike Murphy. Third period shots through 5:30 of play = Wild 7, Canes 0.

  • Minnesota’s Zack Torquato whistled for hooking at 9:18 of the third period. Not too much doing for the Canes on their first power play.

  • Carolina’s Matt Pistilli called for holding with 6:15 remaining in the third period. Kind of a ticky-tack call, if you ask me. Nothin’ for nothin’, but I’m pretty sure that’s five power plays for Minnesota to one for Carolina.

  • Stefan Chaput scores into the empty net with 1:05 remaining to seal the deal for Carolina! Your 2009 NHL Prospects Tournament champions!! Assist on the empty-netter to Drayson Bowman.

  • Final shots: Carolina 22, Wild 32.

  • Official score sheet

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 55 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 53 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 55 12 19 7 31
K. Versteeg 54 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 55 9 21 1 30
E. Lindholm 55 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 48 8 12 0 20
J. Nordstrom 44 5 10 2 15
R. Hainsey 55 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 7 .909 2.34
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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