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Veterans Take Charge in Red-White Scrimmage

Sunday, 09.15.2013 / 4:30 PM ET / 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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
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 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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