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Canes Fall AGAIN in Colorado
Posted By Chris Cote On Oct 24 2009 @ 3:39 pm In Carolina Hurricanes | 1 Comment
Just when you thought things were starting to look up for this club, they hit another road block…
The game began brilliantly, with the Hurricanes, specifically Tuomo Ruutu, dominating every aspect of the game early and taking a 2-0 lead just under 6 minutes in. Of course, as seems to be the case this year, that lead didn't come close to lasting as Colorado scored twice quickly to tie the game back up before the end of the period.
Long story short, the canes had this game in the bag, and had plenty of chances to come back, but simply didn't.
Ward let in a couple questionable ones, and Whitney missed on a penalty shot. But the big story is Tuomo Ruutu and his hit on Darcy Tucker. The hit itself looked fairly innocent, but the result forced the Ref's hand into giving him the major and a misconduct. Ruutu's hit was routine, albeit a bit harder than usual, and Tucker was busy watching his pass, not paying attention to the guy beside/behind him. It's good to note, that up to this point, Tuomo Ruutu was BY FAR the best Hurricanes player on the ice. Regardless, the Avalanche got a 5 minute powerplay and the Hurricanes lost their best player for the rest of the game.
So where do we go from here? This one is hard to judge because while the offense had some jump and played fairly well, the defensive zone presence was lacking to say the least. I would expect the same line-up to face the Wild tonight, but the end result MUST be different, or else Carolina is going to fall out of the race early…
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