Thursday, March 29, 2007

What You Should Know About Drinking Water and Lead

Yes, the title has nothing to do with the post. But I like it.

Sadly, I would rather be talking about water and lead rather than discussing the 5-1 loss to the Flyers the Hurricanes suffered last night.

Painful to watch, the game was. Ray Whitney scored the only goal for the Canes at the end of the second period. That was probably the only bright spot for the Canes.
Some of the bad:
- Justin Williams missing the penalty shot. Why do we even bother? A Canes player hasn't connected on a penalty shot/shootout attempt since what, November?
- The Canes going 0-5 on the power play. Seriously, Canes, take a page from the NFL and just decline the penalty. Not that going 5-on-5 would've helped them in this game...
- Craig Adams' hit on Denis Gauthier. It looked like a shot from behind, which is horrible...
- The refs. Instead of calling a boarding penalty on Adams in the above bullet point, they give a double minor to the Flyer that went to defend Gauthier. Granted, I'm glad the call went in the Canes favor (not that it did them a lot of good)... but what the heck? (Refs were Tim Peel and Wes McCauley, both are previous owners of a spot on the "Bad Refs List".)

Anyways... this deplorable loss by the Canes keeps them tied for ninth place in the standings, but with the tiebreakers they're 11th. Honestly, with this loss went some of my hope for a playoff spot. I think the Canes can still make it, but the road gets a lot harder from here. So hard, that I think they have to win out to get in. I think they can do it... just as long as they don't play like they did these past two games.

Next game is tomorrow against Tampa. Every game is a must win from here on out.

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