I wouldn’t ask for my money back on this afternoon’s matinee. Despite the Canes falling 2-4 to New Jersey, the team looked sharp. In a pre-game interview, Tim Gleason spoke about his leadership role and how he likes to lead by example. He also plainly stated, “Do your job.”
That is exactly what the Hurricanes did Monday…they did their job. They did everything but gain a point. However, it was not from a lack of well executed skills. Alexei Ponikarovsky’s first goal as a Cane came from a play-making pass from Tim Gleason. Justin Faulk dropped his stick like a pro tendy and blocked a shot ahead of Cam Ward. Chad LaRose tied the game in the second with a rapid-fire bullet past Hedberg. Skinner drew two penalties and had a helper. Allen had two assists. Forechecking, traffic, hustle, faceoffs…the list of strong elements goes on and on. Anyone watching the game today would admit our Carolina looked sharp, but Devils managed to played a bit better.
Captain, Zach Parise, had a goal in the first and a power play empty-netter in the third for Jersey. Fayne and Kovalchuk also had their first goals of the season. The Poni Express rolled in for the Canes at 8:56 into the second, and LaRose created a winning opportunity about four minutes later with his slapshot. Ward stopped 22 shots while Hedberg swallowed 24 pucks.
Canes will continue to look for their first ‘W’ Wednesday night against Boston at the RBC Center. Don’t forget Brandon Sutter will be at Backyard Bistro with Mike Maniscalco for Canes Corner Tuesday evening. I must go and prepare my contract…
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