Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Canes win in OT

Canes won in overtime against Florida 3-2.

The Canes didn't need that game to go into overtime. They had a 1-0 lead going into the third (off of a Scott Walker goal), and they only capitalized on one of six regulation-time Florida penalties.

Florida's second goal was completely wrong. Rather than the ref (I believe it was Don Koharski) pointing to the goal in the understood way of signaling a goal, he made a high sticking motion and what appeared to be waving off the goal, only to really mean that he was signaling that there was no high stick. (That's how I understand it - and this is after listening to John Forslund and Tripp Tracy on FSN trying to make sense of the signals for the fifteen minutes that it took to review the play and explain the call to an incensed Peter Laviolette.)
*UPDATE 4:07PM* If you want a better explanation (i.e. something that quotes the actual NHL rulebook, and the person who wrote it actually understands what happened) go to Red and Black Hockey's post about the goal. It cleared some things up for me.

Anyways... Erik Cole tied it up at two and the Canes went into ovetime.

Much to the Caniac Nation's pleasure, Justin Williams scored in overtime, so the Canes were not forced to go into a shootout.

I will add that John Grahame played a very good game, after getting his first start in 8 games, and that I also like the line of LaRose-Walker-Belanger.

Erik Cole stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
On the season: 20 goals, 24 assists

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