Sometimes games take you down memory lane for reasons other than a great win or sick save. We won the game that I am fondly remembering. But it was a goal celebration that sticks out in my mind.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, the Canes were desperately trying to make it into the playoffs and were trailing the 8th place Buffalo Sabres by 3 points. We needed a win and we needed it bad. Although the Ottawa Senators were sitting in last place in the East they came into our barn after back to back wins and weren’t going down without a fight.
The Sens got on the board quickly in the first period with goals by Colin Greening and Marek Svatos. This was not how the game was supposed to go. Tuomo Ruutu helped cut the lead in half at the 14:07 mark with a wrister assisted by Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner. But 25 seconds after Ruuty’s goal, the real hero of the game would emerge as Chad LaRose, off a quick pass from Joni Pitkanen, made what our John Forslund called, “a stinging shot” to tie the game.
That was not the last we would hear of Rosey that night as he scored a little less than 2 minutes into the second period to put the Canes in the lead that they would not lose.
Like the rest of Caniac Nation I was hoping for a hat trick for Rosey, but it was not to be as Cory Stillman scored the empty netter in the 3rd to put the icing on the cake.
Aside from a come from behind win and a pair of goals by #59, what made this game so memorable? Chad had two, two-goal games last season and both were against the Senators. Oh wait. That’s not it either. After his beautiful shot in the 2nd, Rosey got excited. Really excited and had a goal celebration like no other.
The frame that’s missing? I think Erik Cole described it well at the 2:36 mark of this post-game interview. “Did he try and jump into the glass and then fell? Yeah. That sounds about right.”
Rosey may have landed on his pride but he was the hero of the game. He brings an immeasurable energy to the Carolina Hurricanes that this fan loves. I hope he never stops jumping with abandon into the glass. Even if he has to endure some chirping and spend the next day sitting on an ice pack.