Sunday, March 22, 2009

Canes win two, get into 6th place

The Canes won both back-to-back games this weekend at home, putting them into 6th place in the standings.

The first game was a 5-4 win over the Islanders Friday. I did not see this game, but apparently the Canes gave up four consecutive goals to the Islanders in the second period. Yep, four goals to the worst team in the league. Good thing I wasn't watching. Luckily, they pulled it out, which I suppose is all that matters at this point in the season.

Then came the 4-1 win over the C[r]apitals last night, which was a very well-played game. Washington came out hitting, but the Canes were able to withstand the storm and score in the second period. Then they just took over in the third period, scoring three to put the game out of reach.

Might I say that Anton Babchuk is looking spectacular as of late? Not only has he scored with his excellent slapshot, he also has had a few right down in front of the net, like his in this game. I almost can't believe how good he's looked recently (I mean, seriously, a good defenseman playing consistently for the Canes? Doesn't that sound weird to you?).

The bad news, as it has been for the last few days, is that pretty much everyone around the Canes has two games in hand. But, if everyone wins out (which they won't, but hypothetically), the Canes would still be in eighth place even with the two less games - certainly some good news, as it means the Canes are in a much better place than they had been.

The next game is tomorrow against Florida - a big game for sure.

Erik Cole stats (Friday): 1 assist
With the Canes: 2 goals, 8 assists
On the season: 18 goals, 19 assists

Chad LaRose stats (Friday): 2 goals
(Saturday): 1 assist
On the season: 16 goals, 12 assists

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