Power-Playless...Canes and Flyers

Losing last night’s game against the Flyers stinks like sweating hockey pads. It reeks because the Canes are playing well. They just aren’t reaping any rewards. Flyers continue their dominance over the Hurricanes making this the ninth straight win since December 2006.

“They got some skill,” Staal referring to the Flyers. “We were able to battle them back, but it wasn’t enough. We’ve played two decent games now. Our fight and compete is there, we’re just not getting the results the last two games.”

Carolina rarely saw possession in a dull first period. The Canes appeared to forget there was another side of the ice to be played. Newly recalled Brett Carson earned a penalty for high sticking at 1:16 into the first. Philly’s Dan Carillo also got some bench time late in the period for interference. Ho-hum.

The action increased slightly as Carolina was able to get out of the box a bit more. Ward, with his go-go gadget extremities, robbed Giroux of a goal in the second. Canes out-shot the Flyers 17-14 and both teams remained scoreless heading into the third.

It was all about the power-plays as the game heated up. Jeff Carter slipped one past Cam Ward while Ruutu was warming the bench for slashing. Danny Briere scored another extra man goal at 11:27 into the third.

The Canes were unable to convert their five power-play opportunities. A rarity considering they are second to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference with 42 extra-man goals. The missing puzzle piece may have been Jokinen as he boasts 7 power-play goals this season.

Despite what appeared to be a sure shot from Erik Cole, Ruutu rescued the Canes with his 13th goal of the season at 12:07, assist by Chad LaRose.

Have no fear Carolina grasshoppers, as Yoda would say, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Philly was wearing our shoes last year and they made it to the Stanley Cup finals. Chin up as the road trip continues against Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 PM tomorrow.

Tags: Brett Carson Cam Ward Canes Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Erik Cole Hockey NHL Philadelphia Flyers Tampa Bay Lightning Tuomo Ruutu

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