February 22, 2011: Carolina Hurricanes & NY Rangers
(Read Rocky vs Apollo pre-game review at http://cardiaccane.com/2011/02/22/canes-vs-rangers-like-rocky-vs-apollo/)
Like Rocky III’s frustrating conclusion, we must wait for the sequel to decide. However, I will assign Jussi Jokinen the impressive role of Ivan Drago. Jokinen scored a pretty pair in the third to keep the Hurricanes alive. Jokinen may be a Rangers’ nemesis as his last goal was against the New York team on January 20th. The Canes were victorious in that match.
Brandon Prust (9) scored on Ward barely two minutes into the competition. The first period was an array of excessive firing by the Rangers. The Canes’ net saw more action than Charlie Sheen’s liquor cabinet.
Ryan Callahan provided the tie-breakerwith 1:29 remaining in the second.
The third period thrilled Canes fans at the RBC Center as Jokinen-Drago punched past Lundqvist with a goal at 3:32, and another at 6:10. His 13th and 14th for the season.
Wojtek Wolski killed the Canes short lead with a late goal in the third.
OT concluded 3-3. The long, exhausting game was ended by Wolski in the shootout. Perhaps Wolski can play the role of Clubber Lang?
Cam Ward had a busy night at the net with 43 saves opposed to Lundqvist’s 30 stops.
The Hurricanes host the fourth seed Pittsburgh Penguins Friday at 7pm.
Topics: Apollo Creed, Brandon Prust, Cam Ward, Canes, Carolina Hurr, Clubber Lang, Henrik Lundqvist, Ivan Drago, Jeff Skinner, Jussi Jokinen, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rocky Balboa, Ryan Callahan, Samsonov, Wojtek Wolski