Sunday, May 03, 2009

Cam has another shutout - Bruins go down

Canes won 3-0 in Game 2 last night!

This game was played much better than Game 1. And I'm going to say at this point that it is creepy how this series has so far mirrored the Jersey one. We're 1-1 after two games, the Game 1s both being the crappy losses, while the Game 2s have been the better played ones. Hopefully the Canes can win quicker than in the first series, although I wouldn't be too upset if round 2 mirrors round 1 completely. (In case you can't follow the choppy sentence, that would mean a Canes win...)

The first period was only okay, both teams being kept off the scoresheet. Which is probably a better sign for the Canes than the Bruins, seeing as that was the first time Boston had not scored in the first period (or something along those lines - I forget the exact stat from Versus.).

Second period opened up with scoring for the Canes - Joe Corvo scoring on a slapshot pretty early in the period (and Erik Cole finally - finally! - got on the scoreboard with an assist). But the best goal was the Matt Cullen shorthanded goal - Chad LaRose intercepted a pass at the blue line and ran it up the ice, missed his first chance, but then passed it to Cullen who zapped it in the net.

The second period was definitely the Canes' period in terms of outplaying Boston. It could have actually been 3-0 at the end of the period, thanks to Chad LaRose never giving up and catching pretty much everyone on Boston mentally heading to the locker room. Alas, they said it was no goal as there was not enough video evidence to overturn the no goal call on the ice (Apparently, someone in the Situation Room is completely color blind because I saw white in between the puck and the goal line - but whatever). I think it wasn't a goal because scoring with .2 seconds left in anything is totally Jussi Jokinen's gig, not LaRose's.

The Canes also came out strong in the third period, but took some stupid penalties. Either their penalty kill is excellent or Boston's power play is crappy, but either way the Canes managed to keep it a two-goal game (with a lot of help from Cam Ward, of course), until Staal's empty net goal.

I am really glad the Canes were able to win this one, as I did not like the prospect of going back to Raleigh down 2-0 in the series. But, they played better than they did in the first game and now it's a whole new ballgame!

Next game is Wednesday at the RBC Center!

Erik Cole stats: 1 assist

Chad LaRose stats: 1 assist
Playoffs: 2 goals, 6 assists

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