Friday, March 23, 2007

Survivor: Hurricanes Outshoot, Outplay, Outscore

Canes won 4-3 over the Washington C[r]apitals last night.

The game was... well, I wouldn't say it was "good" but I wouldn't say it was "bad" either. It just appears to be one of those things that are unclassifiable.

Case in point: Canes led the shots at the end of the second period 32-6. The Canes were down 3-2.

See what I mean? How do you explain that?

Anyways... C[r]apitals led 1-0 after the first off of a pretty sweet Alex Ovechkin goal. Dude put on somewhat of a show last night, scoring two of the three C[r]apital goals.

Mike Commodore opened up the scoring in the second, scoring off of a Joe Vasichek short-handed rush. C[r]apitals answered back in 58 seconds.
Then came the Erik Cole tip-in of a Scott Walker shot that was also tipped by Justin Williams on the powerplay. 5 minutes later Ovechkin scored.

So, the second period ended with John Grahame having a .500 save percentage. The shots he let in weren't necessarily easy shots to stop - but Coach Laviolette put Cam Ward (first game back from injury!) in anyway.

With the goalie change, the Canes woke up and scored. Cole and his awesomeness paved the way for a Staal rebound score. Finally, Andrew Ladd scored. (Speaking of Ladd, the Canes site has a nice article on him.)

Canes played well. They had a lot of shots, played pretty good on defense, and won a game. Currently, they are still in 8th in the standings, tied with Montreal. Tomorrow, they play the San Jose Sharks in front of a sold-out RBC Center.

Erik Cole stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
On the season: 26 goals, 29 assists

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