Justin Faulk continues to amaze Caniacs, and tallied his third goal of the season with a sweet power play goal early in the second period. Jokinen and Staal were credited with the assists. Unfortunately, Thomas Vanek answered 21 seconds later with a wrister past Cam Ward. The forward leads Buffalo in goals with 19.
Eric Staal would regain the lead a little over a minute into the final period, his tenth of the season. Staal now has three goals and five assists over four games.
Then it was like Christmas all over again, but instead of Santa flying toward the net, it was the equally loved Chad LaRose. Rosey responded with his own star solo performance and it was glorious.
Ryan Miller was pulled from the crease with a little over a minute remaining in the contest. Brandon Sutter, despite being covered in blue and gold…despite falling to the ice…made a desperate push of his stick to send that little, black biscuit coasting into an empty net. Canes win 4-2. Game over.
The goal tending added to the epic show as well. Ryan Miller, like Cam Ward, has struggled to find his level of typical performance. Both goalies were solid in the crease for their teams making 31 saves each. However, our Wardo took home the big W! Woo!
It’s no secret the Canes are struggling for wins, but this conquest is worth ten points to this Caniac.
Other notes…Drayson Bowman has been sent down to Charlotte as it appears Patrick Dwyer will return to the ice this evening. Brett Sutter remains to play a part in the continuing forward shuffle.
Personal thoughts from the game…
- I must go to the doctor because I clearly have an eye problem. Every time I watch Staal he is moving in slow motion. Time seems to stand still around him. The captain had a goal and two assists in the game and was 70.4% in the faceoff circle, so I’m not complaining. Perhaps he is so focused on planning his next offense play, that it leaves no time for anything else.
- Justin Faulk is human. He made a couple of mistakes that resulted in lost puck possession. I’m not worried about it though as he is still very much a rookie. The kid has a very bright career ahead of him.
- Pretty bummed I didn’t get to see Derek Whitmore play. He is the only thing I will ever tolerate about Buffalo.
- During warm-ups, I witnessed one of the most endearing moments of my life. I even snagged a picture. It was so good, it deserves its own post. Stay tuned.
The battle carries on tonight in Nashville. The Predators are 21-15-4 and currently sit 9th in the Western Conference. Let’s Go Canes!