Don't look now ladies and gentlemen, but the Carolina Hurricanes have suddenly remembered how to play hockey.
The Hurricanes stormed past the Islanders tonight with a solid 4-1 romp. Eric Staal continues to lead the pace since gaining the “C”, scoring his 8th goal in the last five games, and Cam Ward put in yet another strong effort stopping 26 of 27.
Despite maintaining a strong edge in play for most of the first period, the Isles lack of scoring touch resulted in a 2-0 Carolina lead after one, allowing the 'Canes to cruise to a 4-1 victory.
While the game was mostly a dud, there are a few things to take out of it:
Staal: How good has this guy been lately? 12 points in his last 7 games, and despite starting the year with only 5 points in his first 13 games, is now above a point per game with 42 in 41.
Ward: Great goaltending performances are starting to become routine for this guy as he's only now starting to live up to the potential he showed in that 06 cup run… and that's saying something.
Pitkanen: 29 minutes again for the big blueliner tonight as Joni continues to provide an excellent mix of offense, defense and grit for the Hurricanes.
Milestone Note Eric Staal's assist marks his 400th career point and ties him for 5th on the franchises all-time assist list.
The Hurricanes get tomorrow night off as they prepare to face Chicago on Saturday night. While these wins have been nice, theis next game will be the true measuring stick as to where this team actually is and may mean the difference between a complete rebuild or just soe retooling as we approach the NHL Trade Deadline and the Olympics.
Covering your Carolina Hurricanes, I'm Chris Cote.
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Written by Chris Cote
Originally from Cadillac, Saskatchewan, I've been a Hurricanes/Whalers fan for as long as anyone can remember. I have completed two years of Journalism studies from the University of Regina and love to write...