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Veterans Take Charge in Red-White Scrimmage

Sunday, 09.15.2013 / 4:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Veterans Take Charge in Red-White Scrimmage

Led by Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, the veterans took charge in the annual Red-White scrimmage, as Team Red topped Team White 3-1.

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Drayson Bowman, Semin and Staal netted goals for Red, while Zac Dalpe potted the lone goal for White as the annual Caniac Carnival attracted 9,200 fans on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

“I was pleased with the effort, and I thought some of the veterans took hold of it today,” said Canes head coach Kirk Muller. “I thought Semin was really good. Eric, Jordan and the leaders of the group had strong games. That’s what you want to see.”

Without linemate Jiri Tlusty, who should return to the ice as early as Monday, the coaching staff rotated Bowman and Chris Terry onto Staal and Semin’s line. The two responded with noticeable performances.

Bowman’s goal, which opened the scoring, came off a tic-tac-toe play from Staal to Semin to Bowman for the easy tap-in on the power play. In the second period, Bowman found Staal open for a one-time shot that beat Mike Murphy.

Terry was stoned by Ward on a chance on the doorstep early in the first period, and in the second period, Terry out-waited a sliding Tim Gleason on a two-on-one to dish to Semin for the goal.

“I thought Terry was really good,” Muller said. “Bowman continued to skate well.”

In net, Cam Ward saw a fair amount of work before being relieved by Murphy at the 11-minute mark of the second period. Muller said he was pleased with the all-around netminding.

“I thought he (Ward) was strong today,” Muller said. “He seems focused, ready, working and in shape.”

On the back-end, Muller noted that newcomers Andrej Sekera and Ron Hainsey looked more comfortable.

Gleason continued to play with a snarl today. At the end of the first period, he mixed it up with Jared Staal, perhaps a spillover from the physical edge present during Friday’s scrimmage.

“Maybe I’m really good-looking, and they want some of my looks,” Gleason quipped. “I just play my game. Maybe because I’m known to fight here and there or have a little temper and they want to test it out.”

“Gleas needs to play on the edge,” Muller said. “He needs to play physical.”

Today’s scrimmage was the third in as many days for the Canes, who now turn their attention to the upcoming preaseason schedule.

“Overall, I think the depth of our organization right now, that’s the fun thing,” Muller said. “Guys are going to push for those few open spots.”

What to Expect Moving Forward

The Canes made their first two cuts of training camp following the scrimmage, returning defenseman Trevor Carrick and forward Sergey Tolchinsky to their respective junior clubs.

Muller said the team’s focus would shift slightly to more X’s and O’s in the next couple of days in preparation for the team’s slate of four preseason games in four days.

“These next few days, we’ll start working more on systematic stuff,” he said. “The key will be these exhibition games.”

The Canes host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday to open the preseason before traveling to Buffalo, Quebec and Montreal in the three following days.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 59 11 27 -16 38
E. Staal 54 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 58 11 15 -16 26
J. Skinner 54 15 9 -16 24
R. Nash 56 7 14 -9 21
N. Gerbe 55 6 14 -13 20
A. Sekera 57 2 17 -7 19
V. Rask 57 8 10 -18 18
J. McClement 59 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 23 4 11 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 6 11 3 .901 2.73