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The Carolina Hurricanes started off the 2010-2011 pre-season about as bad as you can. Just 3:45 in to the first exhibition the Florida Panthers 2010 first round pick, Erik Gudbranson took a pass from Shawn Matthias and scored on the rush to make 1-0 Panthers. However, that is not where it would end. Only 1:16 later the Panthers would strike again, this time on the power play, on a goal by Mike Santorelli with assists going to Jason Garrison and Joe Callahan. Well if two goals were not bad enough, it would be only be 43 seconds later before the Panthers would strike again, this time Scott Timmins snuck a puck by Cam Ward with the assists to Evegeny Dadonov and Erik Gudbranson. After the third goal the Hurricanes seemed to come alive, but it was to little to late. The Hurricanes would score their only goal in the second period on pass from Hurricane newcomer Patrick O’Sullivan to Anton Babchuk who roofed it top shelf to make it 3-1 heading into the 3rd. In the 3rd period Nathan Paetsch scored the lone goal against back-up Justin Pogge with assists to Eric Dadonov and Joe Callahan.
After the game Maurice said the legs are not there yet. “Chad LaRose is always my barometer to where our legs are at, and he said he was feeling his legs in the first period,” the coach added. “If he is, then everybody is.” It is just the first pre-season game and nothing to be worried about yet, but the three goals in two minutes reminds me of last season and the loss of mental focus. Last year we would play a good 55 minutes but have 5 minutes that would kill us do to mental errors. It makes me interested to see what happens with a more veteran team on Thursday.