Chad LaRose in January's contest with the Islanders (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images North America)

Sober Up Caniacs, It's Game Time

Alright McCaniacs, wipe that green beer mustache from your upper lip…it’s game day.

It case your St. Patty’s Day festivities have blurred your memory, the Canes fell 3-1 against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. It hurt coming off a big win in Buffalo to fall at home to Toronto. Sorry to remind you.

The white-knuckled match was well played by both teams. Canes defense only allowed 19 SOG. AND…we actually scored an extra-man goal…finally! Many thanks to Chad LaRose! The first power play unit did the job as Rosey tipped a shot from Sutter with 7:36 left in the first.

They had other shots on goal, but couldn’t force any results. A big part of the objection was Leafs’ goalie James Reimer. He was unbelievable against the Canes. I think most were surprised to see the goalie between the pipes. He was benched Monday in the loss against Tampa Bay and rumors swarmed about first season fatigue.

“To be honest, I had a little bit of extra motivation today because I had heard through the grapevine that Tampa Bay had said that something to the effect that I was just a typical Francois Allaire goalie and they knew how to beat me,” Reimer said. “I’m not going to lie — that kind of rubbed me the wrong way and ticked me off.”

So thank you very much Tampa Bay. A pissed on Reimer was a wall before the net with 36 stops.

“We’re frustrated with that one, offensively frustrated,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. “We’ve got a lot of pucks sitting around that crease, we’re just having a heck of a time banging them in, and that gets frustrating.”

Coach Paul Maurice opted for a team meeting opposed to a skate practice on Thursday morning. They reviewed video from the Toronto contest. I hope that the exercise pays off as the Canes (32-29-10) welcome the New York Islanders (27-22-11, 65 pts) to the RBC Center today.

While the Canes hold 9th in the playoff standings, the Islanders trail by 11 points in 14th place.

The Hurricanes beat the Islanders 7-2 in Raleigh in early November and in New York on January 26th in a 4-2 victory.

Canes have lost the past three home games, here’s to avoiding #4. It will be interesting to see if the Canes momentum shifts tonight after the team sit-down.

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Tags: Brandon Sutter Canes Carolina Hurricanes Chad LaRose Eastern Conference Playoffs Eastern Conference Standings Justin Reimer New York Islanders NHL Paul Maurice Toronto Maple Leafs

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