I saw only the third period, as I was doing some Christmas shopping last night. Apparently the Canes were up 3-1 at the end of the first, but let Florida tie it up in the second.
In the part I watched, Florida scored a goal right in front, then Whitney scored off of a nice Erik Cole pass from the boards 29 seconds later. The Canes seemed like they were playing well, but then Florida got another goal, and that was the one that won the game.
The bad news for this one is twofold. The Canes now only lead Florida in the division standings by 3 points. And Justin Williams went out in the first period with a knee injury. From the N&O:
"He's got to see a doctor, but obviously he couldn't come back tonight," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. "The preliminary [report] is that it's his knee. It doesn't look good."
Well, at least my prediction was right!
Meanwhile, in the "surprising news that I learned from SportsCenter this morning" category there are two items.
One: Duke lost to Pittsburgh!
Two: Sid Crosby had a Gordie Howe hat trick last night against Boston. Which is weird, because he certainly didn't seem like a fighter to me. But he did a pretty good number on the Boston dude.
Next Canes game is against the Lightning on Saturday.
Erik Cole stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
On the season: 8 goals, 17 assists