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Rod Brind’Amour has been at the center of every
The captain is the only player to score at least one point in each of the Hurricanes’ 12 wins, getting goals in the first and third periods Saturday night as
The key Southeast Division victory came 24 hours after the Canes suffered a 3-0 shutout loss against
“This is the sixth game in nine nights, and I’m not making any excuses because that’s the way the schedule was dealt for us, but I thought it showed a lot of grit by our players to come back,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “Especially the way the last two games went because we didn’t get the results we were looking for against our division, and we’re trying to catch
But Brind’Amour poked the puck between Vokoun’s legs into the final period to give
“I didn’t kick the puck, I was just trying to put it down, it just happened to go in off me,” Brind’Amour said of his controversial game winner. “He told me I kicked it and that’s what was frustrating. I’m not going to kick a puck from the slot. Whoever reviewed it saw the same thing I saw.”
It was Brind’Amour’s first game-winner of the season and 61st of his career.
While the NHL’s top scoring team wasn’t totally out of its mini scoring slump,
With Brind’Amour and Glen Wesley in the box (both of whom would have been on the ice for the two-man disadvantage) Laviolette went with Eric Staal as the lone forward and credited his all-star with some key deflections.
“It wasn’t pretty sitting in there,” said Wesley. “There is Roddy and I talking to each other and I said, ‘What are we doing in here?’ We had kind of a chuckle in there, but fortunately we got a huge kill, got some great saves from
“It felt good because we haven’t done well 5-on-3 and we knew it was going to be a long one. But our penalty kill has turned itself around and we’re back on track,” added Wesley, who played in his 1,400th game. “We know out routes and what we’re supposed to be doing out there and we’re doing a lot better job of making good decisions.”
Ray Whitney had a few chances, including hitting the post with in a period that was punctuated with a fight between Tim Gleason and
The Panthers had allowed just 10 first-period goals in 20 games before the Canes struck first Saturday night, converting just 10 seconds into their first power play midway through the period. Brind’Amour scored the goal on a quick wrist shot after taking a centering pass from Cory Stillman.
Ward stopped 11 first-period shots with his best save coming with left in the period, poking the puck away from Stephen Weiss a second before the
NOTES: Wesley became the 26th player in NHL history to log as many as 1,400 games. … Niclas Wallin returned after missing seven games following shoulder surgery. …