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Canes Battle Through Fatigue, Power Outage on Day Three

Saturday, 09.14.2013 / 2:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Canes Battle Through Fatigue, Power Outage on Day Three
While day three of Carolina Hurricanes training camp, which included group practices and an abbreviated scrimmage, might not have been as feisty as Friday’s sessions, the 40-plus skaters in camp battled various bumps and bruises, fatigue and a 20-minute in-arena blackout to compete for a stall in the Hurricanes dressing room.

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“I thought it looked a little bit like the hump day, which you see all the time on day three of camp,” said Canes head coach Kirk Muller. “It looked like guys were trying to push through it, but it’s just the fatigue level of day three. Whatever it is, it’s always there.”

Scrimmage

With a little more room to move on a standard ice sheet, Zach Boychuk shined in Saturday’s scrimmage, potting two goals en route to a 2-1 victory for Team White (Group A).

“I think yesterday might have been more intense, especially with the fights and a few more hits,” Boychuk said. “But the guys are definitely showing that they’re ready to take these spots, and the competition is high.”

Boychuk’s first tally beat Cam Ward top-shelf, and his second goal was highlight reel material, as he dangled through the defense and roofed the finish. He then sent the puck wide on an empty net in a hat-trick bid.

“Yeah, saving those ones for later, I guess,” he said with a smile. “Can’t get them all now.”

Boychuk, 23, enters camp coming off a shortened season in which he bounced around to Pittsburgh, Nashville and back to Carolina, before finishing the season in the AHL with Charlotte. He skated in 13 NHL games, recording a goal and an assist.

“Last year didn’t go the way that I wanted to. I want to be a full-time NHL player,” he said. “I took this summer to really prepare, come down early and now I want to prove some people wrong. This camp is very important to me, so I’m looking forward to showing what I can do.”

“We’re giving everyone a chance in evaluation, and I’m sure he’s trying to find his place again,” Muller said. “Where he can help is he can score goals, and you saw it today.”

Having just recently signed a one-year, two-way contract, Boychuk, who was selected by Carolina 14th overall in 2008, is eager to establish himself.

“It’s nice to see that there are some open spots on forward. There is a lot of competition and some great players here that are vying for those spots,” he said. “It’s going to be a fight right to the end.”

Jeff Skinner tallied a goal for Team Red (Group B). Another standout in the scrimmage was Tim Gleason, who continues to play a physical brand of defense. He also jumped into the rush at one point and promptly skated back to break up a two-on-one chance.

Group Practices

A few faces switched sides in Saturday’s new groupings, as the two bunches skated for around an hour in similar fashion to Friday’s practices.

But at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the first group might have been a step behind.

“It looks like the second session is always better,” Muller joked. “You know which guys are the married guys and which guys are the single guys, I know that.”

Saturday’s skates marked the first on-ice action for defenseman Ron Hainsey, who the Canes signed as a free agent on Thursday. The 32-year-old defenseman drove down from Connecticut to Raleigh on Friday, jumping right into the mix this morning.

"Well, I went right into the scrimmage. No practice. That decision was made easy for me," Hainsey said with a smile. "And that was fine. The quicker you get into game situations … you’ve got to get that timing back."

Jiri Tlusty, who was crunched hard along the boards Friday, was held off the ice again and is likely to return Monday, according to Muller. Sergey Tolchinsky, who was pulled off the ice on the first day of camp, probably won’t skate again before the first round of cuts.

What to Expect Moving Forward

Sunday’s Red-White scrimmage, the highlight of the Caniac Carnival, will serve as one of the final evaluation points before the coaching staff begins to cobble together exhibition lineups.

“[Sunday] will be the final day to decide how we want to structure the exhibition games to give guys the opportunity to keep moving forward,” Muller said.

The scrimmage gets underway at 1 p.m. The Caniac Carnival runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More information is available here.

Red Team Roster

Bowman-E. Staal-Semin
Terry-Welsh-Dwyer
Boychuk-Rask-Blanchard
Shugg-J. Staal

Sekera-Faulk
Jordan-Bellemore
Hainsey-Corrente
Levi-Biega

Khudobin, Peters

White Team Roster

Ruutu-J. Staal-Dalpe
Skinner-Lindholm-Dvorak
McGinn-Sutter-Westgarth
Woods-Palushaj

Gleason-Komisarek
Harrison-Murphy
Rissanen-Flood
Lowe-Carrick

Ward, Murphy



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

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