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Down 2-0 and seemingly dead in the water as the final minute approached, the Canes scored twice in the final – both times with Cam Ward pulled for an extra attacker – before falling 3-2 in a shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.
It seemed more like a victory than an OT loss to start an all-important six-game homestand that may very well determine whether the Hurricanes make the 2008 NHL postseason or pick up the golf clubs in mid April.
“I thought we skated hard, we were attacking and I thought it was just a matter of time,” said Eric Staal, who assisted on both last-minute goals. “We had some chances in overtime, but we just weren’t able to finish it off.”
|Erik Cole celebrates after notching the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation. The Hurricanes scored twice after pulling goalie Cam Ward with 1:12 remaining in the game, but lost in the shootout to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)|
The point moved the Canes three points ahead of idle
“We certainly improved our work ethic and desire to win a hockey game from the previous day,” coach Peter Laviolette said on the heels of a 5-1 loss at
“I feel like we didn’t get rewarded tonight for what we did,” added Laviolette. “Tim Thomas played a terrific game for them. I mean we fired 47 shots on net, so you wouldn’t think you would have to wait until the final minute to try to tie up a hockey game. I can’t say enough about the guys and their effort tonight.”
Ward left the ice with 1:12 left, and just nine seconds later Andrew Ladd found a wide-open Ray Whitney for his 24th of the season. Whitney’s goal came on
After a scoreless five-minute overtime in which Ward made several key saves, including one at the buzzer off of the stick of Andrew Ference, Matt Cullen hit the post in the shootout and Sergei Samsonov failed on a backhander.
“We were playing a man short after playing last night,” said Laviolette, who used Cullen, Staal, Whitney and Cole for more than 23 minutes each. “It’s just one after another, it has been amazing. We are closing the locker room down and keeping everybody away from the rink.”
|Sergei Samsonov and Andrew Ladd (16) put pressure on Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the second period. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)|
Staal led the forwards with 26 minutes and 27 seconds, while Whitney had eight shots in a season-high 25:40.
“You are in the heat of the game and you’re not really thinking how long you’ve been out there,” Staal said. “You just want to get back out there as fast as you can.”
The Canes registered nine shots on their first four power plays through two period but headed to the third period down 2-0 despite 30 shots on Thomas.
The Bruins went up by two late in the second just 21 seconds into a Scott Walker slashing penalty when Marc Savard beat Ward with a blast from the top of the right circle.
The Canes had several good opportunities to tie the score less than two minutes later on a power play of their own, but Whitney was stopped by Thomas as he broke in alone and Ladd swept the puck wide on a rebound shot.
The Canes failed to capitalize on two other power plays, the last one cut short by an Eric Staal holding penalty as Ray Whitney had five of
NOTES: Hedican (hip), Cole (flu) and Whitney (groin) were back in the lineup. … Staal played in his 235th straight game. … Savard has 29 points in 29 career games against