Shootout woes continue: Hurricanes lose 3-2 in SO | Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shootout woes continue: Hurricanes lose 3-2 in SO

Posted by on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 1:12 AM

Defenseman Anton Babchuk tallied his first of the season and Matt Cullen salvaged the extra point with his fourth, but once more the Hurricanes made it past the extra period and the shifty moves of their high-scoring forwards didn’t translate into shootout success. After managing to kill off an entire Montreal Canadiens power play in overtime after Eric Staal went off for slashing, the ‘Canes limped into the shootout, where they haven’t had much success in the past two years. Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen, Peter Laviolette’s go-to guys, failed to score, and Staal took Erik Cole’s place, (Laviolette will occasionally throw Rod Brind’Amour in there, when he’s feeling particularly frisky) but his wrister was stopped by Montreal’s Carey Price. Saku Koivu’s backhand made it past Cam Ward, and Whitney’s subsequent attempt missed the net.


click to enlarge Eric Staal (Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes)
  • Eric Staal (Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes)


Although we’ve all seen Staal get creative with the puck on-one-one with goalies on breakaways, he still hasn’t found a move that consistently works in the shootouts. The All-Star center is now two for 10 since the shootout was instated – a 20% conversion rate.


The Hurricanes have made the Bell Centre their “home away from home” in recent years; they haven’t lost there in regulation in nearly five years. However, when the game went to the shootout, not even good Canadian karma could help them out. Although the ‘Canes practice the shootout during almost every practice and have plenty of players that are more than capable of scoring, something isn’t clicking. Ward is now 2-8 in career shootouts.


Ward was given a break tonight, at least in comparison to his 57-save outing on Saturday against the Islanders. He faced twenty-five shots, and for the second time in as many games, one of those was a penalty shot. Ward received some illegal help in the crease when Dennis Seidenberg closed his hand on the puck. Tim Gleason committed the same offense on Saturday, and Ward was able to stop Doug Weight’s attempt. However, Alex Tanguay managed to shove the puck over Ward’s pad and make the score 2-1.

In his NHL/Hurricanes debut, call-up Dwight Helminen logged 5:14 of ice time, and was plus-1 with one shot. There is still no word on Sutter’s condition, but defenseman Joni Pitkanen is out for at least a month after undergoing surgery on torn meniscus in his knee. It’s a good thing Rutherford didn’t execute that trade after all – the Hurricanes need all the defensemen they can get right now with Kaberle and Pitkanen out for long stretches of time. Babchuk and Josef Melichar, healthy scratches earlier in the season, are now logging some serious minutes. Babchuk played just over 15 and Melichar saw eight.


The Hurricanes will finish off their six-game road swing in St. Louis on Thursday at 8:30.

Tags: , , , ,

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports

Twitter Activity


"Was he known for being rude and abusive to his employees"

Yeah, totally different from the …

by lewiskr451 on An Old Hedge-Fund Billionaire Just Bought the Carolina Panthers, And We’re OK With That (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Most Recent Comments

"Was he known for being rude and abusive to his employees"

Yeah, totally different from the …

by lewiskr451 on An Old Hedge-Fund Billionaire Just Bought the Carolina Panthers, And We’re OK With That (Sports)

Class program and congratulations on another championship!

by shocked on Carolina Fans: Villanova Is Your Team, If Only for Tonight (Sports)

AMEN Brother!! Preach on!! …

by Alan Pohoryles on Daniel Snyder and the Redskins’ Culture of Exploitation and Incompetence (Sports)

"In 1838 battle that killed 3,000 Zulus in a single day."

Do you even know what these Zulus were …

by newsupdate24 on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation