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Canes Fall In Shootout To Cap Wild Game
RALEIGH, N.C. (JAN. 20, 2007) - Andrew Ladd gave Peter Laviolette something to ponder during the All-Star break.
The 21-year-old Ladd, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, hasn't been used much this season, but the left wing made the most of an opportunity on a line with Eric Staal and Scott Walker in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Ladd scored his first goal since Nov. 28 and added an assist while logging 13 1/2 minutes. His effort drew praise from Coach Laviolette as one of the few positives the Canes could take from a game in which they lost the lead in each period before coming up empty again in the shootout.
"There are too many inconsistencies with the forwards right now, and when that happens you have to look somewhere else, and some ice time will diminish for players and others will get opportunities," said Laviolette. "It's up for them to make the most of it. Andrew got the opportunity and I thought he was excellent. He was physical, he skated, he got to the net. He was an impact player in tonight's game. It was only one game, but it's an opportunity for him to build on that."
Ladd said he found out at 6 p.m. he would be paired with Staal and Walker.
"I was pretty excited when I saw it was going to happen and I just wanted to make the best of it," said Ladd, who came into the game with just three goals and two assists in 34 games.
Ladd was credited with Carolina's goal that gave the team a 5-4 lead midway through the third period, but the score was later changed to Walker, who also had two assists.
"I thought he was one of the best players on the ice," Staal said of Ladd. "He was skating hard, being physical and he was rewarded. That's the type of game he plays and he needs to play that way every game. I thought he was phenomenal tonight."
Ladd didn't see any ice time in the overtime period or the shootout, but he was just happy to contribute after averaging a team-low 8:23 a game.
"It's frustrating at times sitting on the bench," Ladd said. "There is only one way to get out of that and that's to play well. Hopefully I made strides in the right direction tonight."
The Canes went up by two goals twice in the second period only to lose the lead and head into the third tied 4-4 before losing yet another shootout, where the club is now 0-4. Carolina players are now 1-for-15 in those shootouts as Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour, Justin Williams and Staal couldn't convert against Marc Denis.
"I am going to think about it," Laviolette said when asked if he would be changing any shooters in future shootouts. "When you're sending 30- and 40-goal scorers to the plate, those are the guys that have the capability and offensive instincts."
Whitney tipped in his 19th of the season just 34 seconds into the second for a 3-1 lead, but less than three minutes later Vincent Lecavalier notched his 30th to pull Tampa Bay within a goal.
Ladd, logging his most minutes since Oct. 11, gave Carolina its second two-goal lead of the period when he deflected in an Anton Babchuk blast from the point. Babchuk's shot has been clocked at close to 100 mph, and this one broke Ladd's stick in half as the puck scooted past Denis.
However, the Canes quickly squandered the two-goal margin with Paul Ranger and Martin St. Louis scoring four minutes apart. St. Louis has killed the Canes during his career, getting his sixth this season and 20th against Carolina in 33 career games. St. Louis also joined Lecavalier in the 30-goal club for the fourth straight year.
Staal scored in his second straight game before heading to the All-Star game next week in Dallas, banging in a rebound just 13 seconds after the Lightning had taken an early penalty.
The Canes did come out with more fire than in Thursday night's 5-2 loss to Washington, registering nine shots in the opening seven minutes. However, Tampa Bay was able to tie the score a minute and a half after the Staal goal when a St. Louis wraparound attempt failed, but the puck found Vaclav Prospal in the slot and his shot slid under Ward's glove. Staal then gave Carolina the lead 1:37 before the break when he converted a Scott Walker centering pass from the slot for his 22nd of the season. It was Staal's first multi-goal game since getting two against Boston on Dec. 2. The young center had just four goals in 21 games before getting two against the Lightning.
Carolina had been 16-0 when leading after a period before the overtime loss to the Lightning. Prospal, Tampa Bay's fourth shooter, gave his club the only goal in the shootout after Ward had stopped Lecavalier, Brad Richards and St. Louis.
David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.
|PPG - Eric Staal (21) ASST: Scott Walker (17), Andrew Hutchinson (8)|
1 - 0 CAR
|Vinny Prospal (8) ASST: Martin St. Louis (35), Dan Boyle (29)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Eric Staal (22) ASST: Scott Walker (18), Anton Babchuk (11)|
2 - 1 CAR
|Ray Whitney (19) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (3), Justin Williams (21)|
3 - 1 CAR
|Vincent Lecavalier (30) ASST: Martin St. Louis (36), Paul Ranger (18)|
3 - 2 CAR
|Andrew Ladd (4) ASST: Anton Babchuk (12), Justin Williams (22)|
4 - 2 CAR
|Paul Ranger (2) ASST: Nikita Alexeev (11), Eric Perrin (11)|
4 - 3 CAR
|Martin St. Louis (30) ASST: Vinny Prospal (24), Doug Janik (3)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Scott Walker (16) ASST: Andrew Hutchinson (9), Andrew Ladd (3)|
5 - 4 CAR
|Filip Kuba (8) ASST: Vinny Prospal (25), Doug Janik (4)|
5 - 5 Tie
|1||R. Whitney||V. Lecavalier||0 - 0|
|2||R. Brind'Amour||B. Richards||0 - 0|
|3||J. Williams||M. St. Louis||0 - 0|
|4||E. Staal||V. Prospal||0 - 1|
|Filip Kuba Hooking against Ray Whitney|
|Nolan Pratt Tripping against Andrew Ladd|
|Scott Walker Hooking against Paul Ranger|
|Nolan Pratt Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|SA: 35||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 29 - 33|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .857||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 29||TOI: 64:57|
|Saves: 24||EV: 24 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .828||SH: 0 - 0|