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“When I get excited my mind starts to race, so it was a battle to get to the first shift, but once I got to the first shift and made some good plays I really calmed down,” said Corvo.
Calm enough to almost single-handedly dump his former club as
“That’s the most you’ll see out of me for a goal, all those fist pumps,” Corvo said as hats cascaded onto the ice. “I usually don’t do that, but I had to there. I had to do it.”
“It was real important to put that out of our minds,” Corvo said. “That was a beating. You can’t hang on to games like that. You just have to leave them there.”
The Canes held the highest-scoring team in the league to one goal and 10 shots through 40 minutes en route to a 3-1 lead.
Corvo then iced it in the third period with his second power-play goal of the game 2:09 in and scored again with 2:10 left as the Canes improved to 12-1-1 in their last 14 at the
“I was thinking I was going to get in,” Corvo said of his third goal after taking a feed from Tuomo Ruutu. “I was thinking shoot, and then he gave me a poke check so I just dragged it across and put something on net.”
“There were a lot of happy guys in there,” coach Peter Laviolette said when asked if anyone in the locker room was happier than Corvo. “Everybody really paid the price, whether it was blocking shots or fighting, sticking up for each other. Our time and space was outstanding. We were on a mission to get to their net. We definitely were on our toes. It was a steady, steady 60 minutes.”
Eric Staal led a 3-on-2 breakout early in the second period that resulted in Scott Walker’s 12th of the season and a 3-1 lead.
Staal’s three assists give him 15 points in the last seven games as he climbs the NHL scoring charts. The Carolina All-Star, who played in his 246th straight game, has 73 points in 74 games.
“Eric has been outstanding,” Laviolette said of Staal, who had a game-high eight shots. “He’s a guy we’re counting on right now. He’s taking the most minutes, taking on the most situations on the team and there is no question he has responded.
“He’s shown an awful lot of resolve. When adversity hits you really show yourself,” the coach added. “It doesn’t always necessarily mean a good showing, but for Eric it has been an outstanding showing.”
Eaves scored his first in a Carolina uniform when he tipped in a point shot from Frank Kaberle seven minutes in, then Corvo notched his 10th of the season on a blast through a screen.
Corvo switched sticks a few games ago to a stiffer shaft and says his shot has increased about 5 mph.
“I’m kind of a stronger guy and I can handle that type of stick, I can lean into it,” he said.
“It’s a business, but you mark games like this on your calendar,” Corvo said.
“If a team trades you away they didn’t want you for whatever reasons,” added Eaves. “Yeah, you want to play especially good and Joe was awesome tonight, so that was pretty cool.”
NOTES: The Canes finished the regular-season 12-6-2 against the Northeast Division. …