RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—What happens when you put two red-hot teams together on a sheet of ice? Apparently, they cool each other off. After two periods without a score, the Ottawa Senators finally got a goal and the Hurricanes answered twice en route to a 2-1 win.
Although they are well out of the top eight, the Senators came in having won five in a row and nine of 10. After a coaching change almost two months ago, they have not been the same team. However, the ‘Canes reminded them how to lose tonight when Rod Brind’Amour and Anton Babchuk tallied late in the third to edge the Sens.
Santiago Fusilier, the tough, tenacious Argentine winger who provided more than his share of highlights on last year's sluggish team, has dropped off the RailHawks roster.
His departure comes in a week when the team announced the signings of two veteran performers, Sierra Leone international Mustapha Sama and Turks and Caicos Island international Gavin Glinton. (Glinton, however, has a green card, which means his presence on the roster doesn't count against the league limit of seven international players. The RailHawks presently have six internationals. See comment thread here.)
A spokesman for the team declined to comment on Fusilier.
First there was a teasing hint on the Durham Bulls' Web site. And today the ESPN.com columnist Jayson Stark more or less announced that David Price will start the season in Durham. There's no official word yet from the Tampa front office, but if they're letting the nation's leading sports news outlet bruit this rumor about, it's hard to think it isn't true. There are several reasons for the decision, and each of them contains a modicum of sensible (or at least expedient) thinking. Taken together, they almost add up to a good idea.
You'll recall that in Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart ran a club that was a refuge for a polyglot collection of refugees from the Nazi menace.
Things aren't quite so dire in Cary (but with this economy, one never knows). Still, the RailHawks are showing a penchant for picking up veteran players from the farthest reaches of the globe.
However, Ty Lawson is much more than that.
TV/CBS — For everyone who has been annoyed by the continuous reporting of the Ty Lawson toe injury, Saturday served as your reminder why his presence is so important to Carolina's basketball team.
The Tar Heels, pushed hard by LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, needed the hobbled Lawson to carry them to an 84-70 victory — and the final 16 — in arguably the finest performance of Lawson's career.
RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—The Carolina Hurricanes won their eighth in a row on home ice and third in a row overall against the Washington Capitals, 4-1. This time, Carolina was the tired team, having beaten the Islanders 5-4 at home last night. The Carolina defense came alive in the third to break a 1-1 tie with three goals.
The ‘Canes evened the six-game series against the Caps in the teams’ final regular season meeting, and if the season ended right now, the two teams would be facing each other in the playoffs. More importantly, the Hurricanes gained ground on Florida and Buffalo, which are on the outside looking in, and Montreal in eighth place. All three teams lost tonight.
#7 Texas vs. #2 Duke
8:15 pm CBS
Texas presents the Devils with a bit more of a challenge than their first-round opponent, Binghamton. The Longhorns are a dangerous team, with some untapped potential as they were ranked in the top 10 in both preseason polls.
The Blue Devils have by far a more balanced offense than the Longhorns. Duke’s offense ranks in the top 50 on three of the four factors (Turnover percentage, Offensive Rebounding percentage, and Free Throw Rate) and in the top 100 on the fourth (effective Field Goal percentage). The Longhorn offense relies much more heavily on offensive rebounding, where they rank 20th nationally, to get the job done.
RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH— During a day full of outrageous upsets, it looked like the RBC Center inhabitant that might be going places this spring might fall prey to the _ New York Islanders. Though the Islanders have settled firmly into last place in the league, the team has gone 4-1-1 in its last six and has beaten the likes of Chicago, New Jersey, and Montreal. The Carolina Hurricanes looked as though they might be the next to join that list after a lethargic second period, but the second line of Ray Whitney, Matt Cullen and Chad LaRose took the team on its back. Two goals each from Cullen and LaRose and one from Tuomo Ruutu allowed the ‘Canes to narrowly get by the Islanders, 5-4, and turn their focus onto the Capitals tonight.
Carolina started the scoring early when Cullen scored 44 seconds in. Cullen took a home-run pass that was misplayed by Islanders goaltender Peter Mannino and fired it easily into an empty net. LaRose made the score 2-0 with just over a minute left with a goal-scorer’s goal. LaRose patiently skated all the around Mannino, waiting for him to go down and for the top of the net to open up, then easily roofed it. The game appeared to be headed in the ‘Canes’ direction.
TV/CBS — We may never know for certain whether Roy Williams was sandbagging the extent of Ty Lawson's toe injury, the continuation of which has caused great consternation throughout the North Carolina fanbase.
But if the Hall of Fame coach made a calculated decision to hold Lawson out for one more game due to his belief that the Tar Heels could handle Radford without its star point guard, he guessed correctly.