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Even the highest scoring team in the NHL has scoring slumps.
That’s the predicament the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves in after falling to the Atlanta Thrashers 3-0 Friday night to start an important four-game homestand.
The loss comes on the heels of a 6-1 defeat at
“We’re just not executing things right now and we’re a step slow,” said Bret Hedican. “When we get the puck to the net we’re just not getting there for the rebounds or after our D-to-D passes up high in the offensive zone we’re just not getting shots on the net. We’ve got to get back on track.
“I don’t think we take anything for granted offensively, but we’ve had a lot of success getting the puck to the net and maybe it’s frustrating for us,” added Hedican. “But we can’t let it get to us. We’ve got to get back to the drawing board.”
After a hot start at the RBC Center this season, the Canes are just 2-3 in their last five at home, losing back-to-back regulation games for the first time this season while falling to 4-5 against Southeast Division rivals.
“It’s done,” said captain Rod Brind’Amour. “We can’t dwell on this too much because we come right back tomorrow. That’s the good news. This game will be put on the backburner and we can come out and have a good game.”
Laviolette tried to fire the team up with a timeout with 7:51 left in the second, but the move did little to jump start the Canes.
“That’s not like us, scoring just one goal in two games with the personnel we have up front,” said Mike Commodore. “I know they’re working hard at it. We just couldn’t get anything to go in.”
Marion Hossa entered the game with 41 points in 40 career games against
“We just didn’t get to that prime scoring area tonight,” said Laviolette. “We had a lot of shots come in from the outside and they blocked a lot of shots and they boxed us out. We didn’t seem to get a lot of clean chances.
“We came out pretty good in the first and we had a breakdown and it was in our net and we’re down 1-0 quick,” Laviolette said. “We seemed to lose a little bit of steam as the game went on, just from a jump and puck possession point.”
NOTES: Laviolette coached in his 400th NHL game … Whitney picked up his first penalty of the season 21 seconds into the third period. …