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After a month of struggling, the Carolina Hurricanes made a move in the right direction Wednesday night, twice rallying from third-period deficits before falling 5-4 to the Atlanta Thrashers in overtime.
The Thrashers closed within three points of the Southeast Division-leading Canes with a rematch Thursday in
|Eric Staal blasts a shot on Atlanta Thrashers goalie Johan Hedberg during the second period of the Canes' 5-4 overtime loss in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)|
“We played hard to get back into it, we continued to press,” Ray Whitney said of the first game in 2008. “Overall, if we play like we did tonight, with that kind of attitude and hunger, we’ll find more success than we've had in the last couple of weeks.”
“I was very impressed,” Whitney said of Borer. “He read our system really well. He jumped in on the pinches when he should have, he made good, hard passes. He made good plays. You wouldn’t have guessed this was his first game.”
“He played a solid game,” added coach Peter Laviolette. “He moved the puck well. He made very few mistakes. He had a lot of jump.”
Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd scored apart midway through the third, then the Canes tied it up again a minute and a half after
The Canes had several golden opportunities to win it in the extra period, including Scott Walker’s chance, but he couldn’t beat Johan Hedberg one-on-one after stealing the puck in the
“I thought we competed for a full 65 minutes,” Laviolette said. “There is process in order to win a hockey game, and I thought the process was correct tonight, but the result is disappointing and frustrating, certainly not satisfying.”
Staal’s goal was his team-leading 21st of the season, while Brind’Amour’s assist on the Ladd goal left the captain one point shy of 1,100 in his career.
The Canes held the Thrashers without a shot for more than 14 minutes to start the second although
Dennis Seidenberg’s shot from the point on an early power play to start the third could have closed the deficit to a goal, but nothing would fall again early in the period at home two days after falling to the New York Islanders 4-1 at the RBC Center.
Then came the two-goal outburst that got the Canes back into it.
“I don’t think anybody thought, based on the way we were playing, that we were going to lose the game,” Laviolette said. “It wasn’t a flat game, not knowing where we were going to find the energy. There was not a lack of urgency. Everyone going out for the third period, down 3-1, thought we were going to win the game.”
“We just can’t kill penalties,” said Mike Commodore. “It’s the same personnel as before. I know we can, we just aren’t. We’ve got to figure it out soon.”
NOTES: Tim Gleason played a season-high 24:16. … The Canes have allowed at least one power play goal in 14 of their last 19 games…. Kovalchuk has 24 goals against