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A poor first period and a mediocre power play put a grinding halt to the red-hot homestand for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canes fell behind by two goals in the opening 20 minutes, then missed some golden opportunities to jump back into the game on the power play late to fall to the streaking New York Rangers 4-2 Thursday night, losing in regulation at the
“We talked about coming out and having the right amount of intensity and doing the things we wanted to be doing and it wasn’t there,” said Erik Cole, who scored both
Cole’s first two-goal game since Dec. 9 – near the tail end of a four-minute power play in which Cole had his lip bloodied by a Marc Staal stick – got the Canes within one goal with 15:06 left.
“That goal Shanahan scored was my fault,” Cole said. “I’ve got to make a play at the line to get the puck deep and get off the ice. When that doesn’t happen I’ve got to be able to turn and play good defense. That cost us there and it certainly took a lot of momentum out of our sails.”
“We’ll look back and watch the tape and realize there were a lot of things we needed to do better,” added coach Peter Laviolette. “We talked about a lot of things we needed to do against them but we didn’t get it done when we needed to get it done.”
Tuomo Ruutu was in the lineup despite receiving 40 stitches in his
“I don’t think this is the time of the season where we can afford to make any excuses,” Cam Ward said. “We played well in spurts, but it wasn’t a complete 60 minutes. Clearly they were ready to play and we weren’t.”
Keith Aucoin came within inches of giving the Canes an early 1-0 lead when he hit the right post 55 seconds into the game. But it was the Rangers who ended up drawing first blood three minutes later when Brandon Dubinsky beat Ward on a nifty backhander off a Bret Hedican turnover.
Ward kept the Canes close two minutes later when he stoned Blair Betts on a shorthanded breakaway and then made four saves on a
“We know they play us tough every single time,” Ward said. “We know they’re going to be ready for us. At this stage of the season every game is huge.”
NOTES: Tim Gleason missed his second game of the season with a head injury. … The Rangers have outscored opponents 62-39 in the first period. … Patrick Eaves picked up his first point with