Wednesday, February 21, 2007

So much for leading the division...

Canes lost 3-1 to the Thrashers.

The game was looking pretty good until the third period. Carolina was up 1-0 off of a Rod Brind'Amour goal, the Canes had held Atlanta to 9 shots.

Then came a Marian Hossa short-handed goal that somehow went between Cam Ward's pad and the post, but which could've been prevented if Eric Staal skated with some commitment in his own zone!

The game just went downhill from there.

And to think that the Canes could be tied with Atlanta for points today instead of being four points behind them, if the Canes could only have held their lead through another 20 minutes.

To add insult to injury (or the other way around...?) here's a disturbing excerpt from the article on the Canes' site:
Erik Cole missed his fourth game out of the last five with a lower body injury that apparently occurred in warm-ups. He had a goal and an assist three days ago in a win at Montreal. With Cole and Cory Stillman out, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg came out of the press box to dress for the first time in six games and played right wing.

Laviolette said Cole was getting an MRI after the game and his status was unknown for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.

"This was totally unexpected," Laviolette said of Cole's pre-game injury. "Something gave in warm-ups when he was stretching."

I'm going to stare at the ceiling and sulk now. Alert me when the Canes are ready to play a full 60 minutes of hockey - in the same game.

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