I hope the elastic in your underpants was reliable last night Caniacs, because the storm that destroyed Washington may have blown you right out of your breezers. It was the second shutout by the Hurricanes this season, both claimed by Cam “I’m Back” Ward. Jussi Jokinen whipped successful wristers past Caps’ goalie, Vokoun, in the first and second period. Jiri Tlusty added the third and final goal of the night with just 30 seconds remaining in the contest. Captain, Eric Staal, also claimed two assists. He boasts 6 points in the past 5 games.
Both teams were a bit lackluster in the first round minus a fight between Derek Joslin and Matt Hendricks. Both scrappers received five for fighting. Justin Faulk (tripping) and Tuomo Ruutu (hi-sticking) also visited the penalty box. However, the Canes killed the extra-man opportunities and finished the first with a shorthanded goal and 10 shots on goal opposed the Washington’s 8 failed attempts.
Dennis Wideman was called for interference in the second and Jokinen took advantage off of assists from Harrison (12) Brent (9). The Juice is riding a 3 game point streak (3g, 1a). Tlusty made good on a too many men penalty in the third with the help of Staal (25) and Gleason (12). It was his tenth goal of the season.
Cam Ward finished the night with stopping all 23 shots. Ward’s other shutout this season was against the Hawks on October 28th.
Stewart humped Ward. Over 17,000 Caniacs hooted and hollered in the RBC parking lot. Hurricanes players posted joyful tweets. It was simply a glorious victory. The win only adds to the current excitement of Carolina’s January success as the Canes have defeated Bruins, Bolts, and Buffalo. Kirk Muller’s team is 4-3-2 going into tonight’s game with the New York Islanders. Canes fell 4-3 in a shootout loss early this month against the Isles. Redemption is ours for the taking. Skinner is back and playing alongside Zac Dalpe. Chad LaRose is expected to return this evening. Staal is playing up to par. Jokinen has found his stride. Wardo is on crease management. The pairing of Jay Harrison and Justin Faulk is as dynamic as Batman and Robin…Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker…Mario and Luigi…Jay and Silent Bob …Bert and Ernie…you get the idea.
Wait! There is more fun news! Carolina hockey dominated as a whole Friday night. John Muse made his second appearance for the Checkers to claim the team’s first season shutout. Muse made 26 saves to win 5-0 win in Abbotsford last night. Justin Krueger, Bobby Sanguinetti, Riley Nash, Nicolas Blanchard, and Drayson Bowman were the respective goal scorers for Charlotte.
On some bittersweet news, Canes traded Alexei Ponikarovsky to New Jersey for a 4th round pick and American defenseman Joe Sova. Caniacs await on baited breath for more trade news, but let’s just ride the high for now!
Let’s Go Canes! Let’s Go Checkers!