On paper, it set up to be a terrific November for the Carolina Hurricanes. With 11 games on
If only games were played on paper.
“It’s not about the schedule - it’s about attitude right now,” said Tuomo Ruutu. “I don’t think we played a bad game, we played an OK game but it’s not enough in this league and against a team like the Ducks.”
The power play -- and offense in general -- continues to struggle for a team with a ton of potential up front.
“Our power play, there is nothing in sync with it, nothing good about it right now,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “We’ve got a couple of days to spend some time on it and work on it, but our execution has to be better, our urgency in those situations has to be better. Specialty teams factor into winning and losing games.”
With the scored tied 1-1,
“That power-play goal set us back and then we lost our stride for a couple of shifts, they scored another one, and that was the game,” Laviolette said.
“We just didn’t do the job this month,” added Eric Staal, who has just two assists in five games since scoring a hat trick against
It didn’t help that
“We had close to 40 shots, we had a lot of point-blank looks, a couple posts, but it’s just not falling,” Staal said. “You can’t hang your head and cry about it. You’ve got to work hard and eventually it’s going to go.”
Michael Leighton replaced Cam Ward after the first period when Ward didn’t return after suffering a lower-body injury. But the Canes’ backup goalie could have taken a nap in the second as
Frank Kaberle hit the post 2:45 into the period, less than two minutes later Staal had several chances around the cage and the Canes had two failed power-play opportunities that kept the score tied at 1-1 heading into the third.
The opponent scored first on
Five minutes later, Matt Cullen pounced on a rebound off a shot from Patrick Eaves for his sixth of the season and
However, the Canes couldn’t close the deal and now head into December with more questions than answers.
“We’ve had a lot of games here this month and I don’t know if that’s an issue,” said captain Rod Brind’Amour. “It was a good game for us until the last 12 minutes and then things just fell apart.”
NOTES: Cullen has points in four of his last five games. … This was the first time this season