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Tracking the Storm

Familiar Territory and Reality

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 12:45 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Familiar Territory and Reality
As a player, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller has been here before.

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Muller’s 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens team posted a 48-30-6 record, but they finished the regular season winning just two of their last seven games.

Entering the playoffs with momentum stalled, the Canadiens dropped the first two games of the opening round to the Quebec Nordiques. The team had slid into a rut at the worst possible time.

Back in Montreal for Game 3, the Habs pulled out what would be their first of 10 consecutive overtime victories in the 1993 postseason.

And all it took was a bounce.

Vincent Damphousse’s pivotal overtime winner slipped past Ron Hextall after redirecting off a Quebec defenseman’s skate.

Montreal would go on to lose just two games – in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Islanders and in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings – en route to capturing their 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history. In a 4-1 victory in the deciding Game 5, Muller potted the Cup-clinching goal.

Maybe all the Hurricanes need is a similar bounce.

In the Canes’ locker room on Friday, goaltender Dan Ellis took an eraser to the Eastern Conference standings white board that hangs at the front of the room. He left just four teams: Washington (38 points, 37 games played), New York Rangers (40 points, 37 games played), Winnipeg (38 points, 39 games played) and Carolina (34 points, 36 games played).

Scribbled at the top of the board: “Reality!”



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 32 6 14 -12 20
E. Staal 27 7 11 -10 18
J. Skinner 28 8 8 -3 16
R. Nash 32 4 12 -3 16
E. Lindholm 32 8 7 -7 15
J. Tlusty 28 10 3 -11 13
N. Gerbe 28 3 10 -2 13
A. Sekera 30 1 11 -7 12
C. Terry 23 6 3 -1 9
V. Rask 32 4 5 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 9 12 2 .911 2.44
A. Khudobin 0 7 2 .892 3.11