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Post-Game Recap: December 7th, 2011 – Carolina 5 Edmonton 3

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THE BOTTOM LINE:

Eric Belanger opened the scoring midway through the first period after a disallowed Chad LaRose goal, but Jeff Skinner responded with a powerplay marker late in the period to knot the score at 1-1.  The ‘Canes would then score three straight in the second period in three different ways.  Jamie McBain continued his hot streak with Carolina’s second powerplay goal of the game, Patrick Dwyer then took a nifty pass from Eric Staal to make it 3-1, before Chad LaRose’s shorthanded goal put the ‘Canes ahead 4-1.  However, seconds later, Ben Eager capitalized on a rare Cam Ward rebound to cut the lead to 4-2.  Tuomo Ruutu restored the three goal lead in the third period, but rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins once again cut the deficit to two goals.  However, that’s as close as they would come, as Carolina snapped its losing streak, and gave Kirk Muller his first NHL coaching victory.

The 'Canes celebrate after scoring a goal. Photo Credits: Andy Devlin/Getty Images

OFFENSE: 10/10

The good:

*Team went 2/6 on the PP. Would’ve loved to see them convert the 2-man advantage, but 2 PPG is better than none.

*Passing was very crisp tonight, evident with the tape-to-tape passes that led to goals

*All lines did their part, whether it was with good offensive pressure or a goal

Patrick Dwyer backhands the puck by Devan Dubnyk for a goal. Photo Credits: Andy Devlin/Getty Images

DEFENSE: 8/10

The good:

*Limited a very fast and talented Oilers squad to just 25 shots

*PK was very strong, and shut down all shooting lanes

The bad:

*Still need some work down low, especially in the crease area. Gave the Oilers too much room.

GOALTENDING: 7/10

The good:

*Did make a big save or two, including one on a 2-on-1 rush

The bad:

*Was still a little off.. uncharacteristic things such as giving up rebounds and looked a little shaky in his crease. Seemed like a lack of communication with D at times.

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Jeff Skinner (1 goal, +1, 8 shots)

2. Chad LaRose (1 goal, 5 shots)

3. Eric Staal (1 assist, 4 shots)

NEXT GAME: Friday, December 9th at Winnipeg 8:30 PM EST

 

Post-Game Recap: November 29th, 2011 – Florida 3 Carolina 1

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THE BOTTOM LINE:

Kirk Muller made his NHL head coaching debut with the Hurricanes, and it started off with a good note after a scoreless first period, where the Panthers were held to just two shots.  Florida would eventually open up the scoring with a blast from Tomas Fleischmann, but Jeff Skinner responded just over a minute later to tie it up once again.  A failed clearing attempt by Tomas Kaberle proved costly, eventually setting up Shawn Matthias, who would later add an empty-netter to seal the game and spoil Muller’s debut.

OFFENSE: 7.5/10

The good:

*Kept their feet moving, and drew penalties. Mainly Skinner.

*Bodies in front of Theodore, led to some quality scoring chances

The bad:

*0/5 on the PP – still think that they are trying too hard, and just need to get back to basics

Alexei Ponikarovsky attempts to dig at a loose rebound. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images

DEFENSE: 9.5/10

The good:

*Very aggressive and physical, even when in the neutral zone

*Did a good job avoiding turnovers (except for Kaberle) and generally cleared the puck out of the zone with no problems

*Solid 1st period, where they allowed only 2 shots

The bad:

*Tomas Kaberle – “awful” would be an understatement

GOALTENDING: 9/10

The good:

*Few key saves, including the Skille penalty shot

*Overall bounce back game

*Good composure and kept the game tight through all 3 periods

Cam Ward stops Jack Skille's penalty shot. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Jeff Skinner (1 goal)

2. Tuomo Ruutu (1 assist, 5 hits)

3. Cam Ward (19 saves)

NEXT GAME: Thursday, December 1 vs. New York Rangers 7 PM EST

The good:

*Kept their feet moving, and drew penalties. Mainly Skinner.

*Bodies in front of Theodore, led to some quality scoring chances

The bad:

*0/5 on the PP – still think that they are trying too hard, and just need to get back to basics

Post-Game Recap: November 21st, 2011 – Carolina 4 Philadephia 2

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THE BOTTOM LINE:

Alexei Ponikarovsky opened the scoring on the powerplay, and Jeff Skinner added a highlight-reel goal late in the first to give the ‘Canes a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.  The two teams traded a pair of goals in the second, with Flyers getting goals from Matt Read and James van Riemsdyk, while Chad LaRose and Alexei Ponikarovsky replied for the ‘Canes.  Carolina was able to hold the Flyers at bay in the third, and sealed their second straight victory in as many days.

Chad LaRose celebrates after scoring a goal. Photo Credits: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

OFFENSE: 10/10

The good:

*Great puck movement on the PP, leading to two goals.

*Much better job getting shots through and on net – only 8 missed shots.

*D once again active in the attack, providing two assists

Jeff Skinner looks on after taking a shot on goal. Photo Credits: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

DEFENSE: 8.5/10

Bryan Allen delivers a hit on Wayne Simmonds. Photo Credits: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The good:

*Blocked shots once again – 20 in total, Harrison with 5 of them

*Shut down their biggest threat in Giroux

*Did a good job along the perimeters

*Key faceoff wins

The bad:

*A few shifts where they were scrambling too much

GOALTENDING: 10/10

The good:

*Made a few big saves to keep the Flyers from tying the game multiple times

*Slowed play down when the team needed a whistle

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Alexei Ponikarovsky (2 goals, 1 assist)

2. Chad LaRose (1 goal, 2 assists)

3. Cam Ward (30 saves)

NEXT GAME: Wednesday, November 23rd vs. Montreal 7 PM EST

 

Post-Game Recap: November 20th, 2011 – Carolina 3 Toronto 2

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THE BOTTOM LINE:

The ‘Canes played a sound game through two periods, limiting the Leafs to just 12 shots heading into the third period.  Jay Harrison opened the scoring late in the first period, and Jussi Jokinen scored on the powerplay in the second to give the ‘Canes a 2-0 lead.  Red-hot Phil Kessel would get the Leafs within a goal on a 4-on-3 powerplay, but Jeff Skinner made no mistake cashed in on a rebound after Eric Staal was denied on the breakaway to restore the two-goal lead.  With a minute left, Phil Kessel sniped his second of the game, but it was too little too late as the ‘Canes hung on for a 3-2 victory.

Justin Faulk (left) celebrates Jay Harrison's (right) first period goal. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images

OFFENSE: 10/10

The good:

*Got tons of pucks on net, keeping Scrivens busy

*Defense was heavily involved in the offensive flow

*PP finally clicks, and was fairly productive

The bad:

*19 missed shots

Jeff Skinner scoops up a rebound and fires it by Ben Scrivens. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images

DEFENSE: 9/10

The good:

*Terrific job clogging up the neutral zone

*Didn’t turn the puck over as much

*Didn’t give the Leafs much to shoot at through first two periods

The bad:

*Gave Kessel and the Leafs way too much room in the third period

GOALTENDING: 9.5/10

The good:

*Excellent rebound control

*Made a couple huge saves to keep the Leafs off the scoreboard in first two periods

*Was big in the third period during the Leafs flurry

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Jeff Skinner (1 goal, 1 assist)

2. Eric Staal (2 assists)

3. Cam Ward (23 saves)

NEXT GAME: Monday, November 21st @ Philadelphia 7 PM EST

Post-Game Recap: November 12th, 2011 – Carolina 5 Pittsburgh 3

November 12, 2011 6 comments

THE BOTTOM LINE: Carolina, looking to snap its four-game losing streak, opened up the scoring thanks to red-hot Jeff Skinner.  In the second period, Skinner’s line continued to dominate, as Tuomo Ruutu added a couple of goals to give the ‘Canes a 3-0 lead heading into the second period.  Unfortunately, the ‘Canes, who have a history of giving up goals in the third period this season, allowed three consecutive goals, as the Pens suddenly tied it at 3-3.  But it was captain Eric Staal, who finally ended his scoring drought, that restored Carolina’s lead, and Chad LaRose added another tally moments after to seal a 5-3 victory for Carolina.

Eric Staal lays out Kris Letang with a big hit. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images

OFFENSE: 9/10

The good:

*Second line was dominant all game long, especially in the second period

*Eric Staal finally gets a goal

*Third period attack (especially late game): did a great job driving to the net, and used speed to outskate the tired Penguins defenders

The bad:

*Another ugly performance on the PP…. they just need to get back to basics

Chad LaRose fires a shot, as Paul Martin looks on. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images


DEFENSE: 7/10

The good:

*Did a good job blocking shots all night (20 in total, 5 by Allen)

*Solid PK, especially the 5-on-3

The bad:

*Gave Malkin WAY, WAY too much time and space. He is NOT supposed to be taking 12 shots on Ward

GOALTENDING: 8/10

The good:

*Kept the team in it by making save after save throughout the first two periods

*Was strong down low, especially around the post

The bad:

*Personally thought he could’ve had at least one of those goals that he allowed

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Jeff Skinner (1 goal, 2 assists)

2. Eric Staal (1 goal, 1 assist)

3. Cam Ward (37 saves)

NEXT GAME: Monday, November 14th vs. Philadelphia 7 PM EST

 

Post-Game Recap: November 1st, 2011 – Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 2

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Teddy Purcell opened up the scoring in the first period, but Chad LaRose’s late tally on the powerplay tied it at one goal apiece heading into the second period.  It was there that Jeff Skinner potted a couple of goals, setting the ‘Canes up for a win heading into the third.  Brett Connolly notched his first career NHL goal late in the game, but Chad LaRose converted a 2-on-1 pass from Jiri Tlusty moments after to seal a 4-2 victory for Carolina.

Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen celebrate after a goal. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images


OFFENSE: 10/10

The good:

*Great PP (1/2): shots got through, and there was presence in front of Roloson to cash in on loose pucks

*D did a great job moving up for pinches and did a solid job overall in the offensive flow of things

*Lots of speed when gaining the attacking zone

*Chemistry was there tonight, you could just feel the synergy

Jay Harrison's shot squeaks by Dwayne Roloson. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images


DEFENSE: 9/10

The good:

*Blocking shots – 20 of them as a team

*Clogging up any gaps and not giving Tampa’s snipers the room they need

*Battled hard along the boards for the puck

*Solid 5-on-3 kill

The bad:
*Not much, other than a couple turnovers here and there

GOALTENDING: 10/10

The good:

*Was the difference maker during the 5-on-3 PK, making a few huge stops

*Good rebound control

*Was very sound and perfectly positioned

Cam Ward makes a save against Tampa's Ryan Shannon. Photo Credits: Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images


MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Cam Ward (28 saves)

2. Jeff Skinner (2 goals)

3. Chad LaRose (2 goals)

NEXT GAME: Friday, November 4th vs. Washington 7 PM EST

 

Post-Game Recap: October 29th, 2011 – Philadelphia 5 Carolina 1

October 29, 2011 1 comment

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Brian Boucher got the start against his former team, and kept the ‘Canes in it throughout the first two periods as Jussi Jokinen and Scott Hartnell exchanged goals.  Unfortunately, multiple defensive collapses in the third period sunk the ‘Canes, as Claude Giroux finished with a four-point night and Jaromir Jagr scored twice en route to a 5-1 rout of the Hurricanes.

OFFENSE: 1.5/10

The good:
*Getting bodies in front of the net

The bad:
*God awful PP with no movement and lack of shots ON TARGET
*Not much speed moving into the offensive zone
*Way too many missed shots

DEFENSE: 1/10

The good:
*Solid PK, boxing out the PP

The bad:
*Awful turnovers that led to at least two goals
*Not winning many puck battles
*Not getting the puck DEEP into Flyers end
*Bad passes

Carolina's defense had its poorest performance of the season. Photo Credits: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

GOALTENDING: 6/10

Just going to write a small summary instead of positives and negatives for this one. Yes, he gave up five goals. Yes, allowing five goals usually doesn’t mean a win. But you CANNOT, I repeat, CANNOT blame Boucher for the loss tonight as opposed to his last two starts. He was left out to fend for himself, and the defense in front of him did NOTHING to help his cause. He made some big stops in the first two periods, and then the defense just exploded.

Brian Boucher handles a routine shot. Photo Credits: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Jussi Jokinen (1 goal)

2. Brian Boucher (29 saves)

3. Patrick Dwyer (8 hits)

NEXT GAME: Tuesday, November 1st vs. Tampa Bay 7 PM EST