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People around the NHL can talk all they want about the young talent on the Pittsburgh Penguins. On this night, the Carolina Hurricanes 20-something crew refused to take a back seat.
Eric Staal upstaged little brother
“We like to think we’ve got some good young players on our team as well,” said Staal, who is off to a hot start with three goals in two games. “It was fun to get out there and play well against a good team. You always want to be recognized as a top player in a league. We’ll continue to do our thing in order for us to win games.”
|Eric Staal scored two goals for the 'Canes, while reigning league MVP Sidney Crosby was held pointless|
After allowing 40 shots in the 3-2 overtime loss to
The 'Canes were dominating 5-on-5 and stayed out of the penalty box for the most part, taking just three minors through the first periods to build the lead. Ward lost his shutout when the Pens scored with left at the end of a 5-on-3 power play.
Ward said he wasn’t necessarily disappointed he lost his shutout bid late.
“My focus this year is just the win column and helping to contribute to this team,” said Ward, who stopped 33 shots. “I’m just happy for the guys that they played extremely well. I felt it was a well-deserved win.”’
Ward’s biggest save of the first period came shorthanded when Staal’s younger brother Jordan broke free down the right boards and snapped a shot up high on a 2-on-1. Ward snared it out of the air with his glove to keep his club on top by two.
Ward then brought the crowd to its feet late in the second when he stoned Evgeni Malkin on a breakaway to keep the Pens off the board.
Eric Staal actually started the play that led to his first goal into the game with a beautiful outlet pass. The center followed the play down the right side and was on the spot when the rebound jumped the stick of a
Staal’s second of the game came six minutes later when he kept the puck in the zone by batting it out of the air, took a pass from Cole and then sent a sharp backhand toward the
“It’s just good to get off to a good start, to get that confidence,” said Staal, whose goal production dipped from 45 to 30 last season. “After scoring three in the first two games I know I can score, so it’s a matter of keeping it going the rest of the way.”
|Jeff Hamilton, playing the point on the power play and taking Cory Stillman's place with Eric Staal and Erik Cole, had his first three points as a 'Cane
Hamilton, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason after spending a season in Chicago, has impressed Laviolette enough to play a major role on the power play and move up to the Staal-Cole line with Cory Stillman still out.
“He’s a big part of this hockey club,” Ward said of
“I don’t know if Jeff has been given a lot of opportunities at this level to play with those types of players,” added Laviolette. “We see a tremendous amount of offensive upside and he’s got great hands.”
Bret Hedican missed the second game of the season because of the flu.