Canes ended their three game losing streak to reclaim the 8th seed after beating Atlanta. The event was as endorphin producing as watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Prior to today’s game, Clark Griswold’s famous quote may have sounded like this…
Clark…er, Paul Maurice: Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Eastern Conference. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm hockey emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest game since Eric Staal tip-a-pass to Justin effiing Williams. And when the Thrashers skate their fat butts down that ice tonight, they’re gonna find the jolliest bunch of a-holes this side of the nuthouse.
Apparently the pep talk worked. The Canes overpowered the Thrashers 3-2 and jumped two points ahead of Atlanta for the final playoff spot. Cole scored with 1:19 left in the contest, his third straight game-winning goal.
Cam Ward showed no sign of exhaustion despite the 16th straight start. In fact, he was stellar with 41 saves. Cole praised his teammate, “Cam has their number. But he has a lot of teams’ number. He’s the reason we’re where we are.”
Tlusty had the only 1st period goal thanks to a fake out assist by Pitkanen. The second period goal by Corvo gave the Canes their second lead of the night. J. Skinny slipped a perfectly planned pass to Sutter who paid it forward to Corvo for goal.
Thrashers Andrew Ladd did what he could to prevent the loss. He scored in the second and third, both unassisted. However, it wasn’t enough against the determined Canes.
Gleeful, post game, slightly modified Christmas Vacation quote…
Clark…aka Paul Maurice: The most enjoyable victories of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith win is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Hurricane family thradition.