Eric Staal scored his second goal of the game 3:09 in overtime to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3 at the RBC Center December 29, 2011. It was the Canes third consecutive victory at home and second in overtime.
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Santa Claus was good to the Carolina Hurricanes this past holiday week with an OT win over Ottawa and a victory over the Devils.
This one hurt. The Canes were up 3-1, wildly outshooting the Coyotes before eventually falling to the visitors 4-3. Another third period with mental and physical breakdowns and a lack of defensive coverage.
Drayson Bowman scored 2 goals leading the Canes in scoring over the high-powered Vancouver Canucks by 4-3 at the RBC Center (soon to be PNC Arena) on Thursday, December 15, 2011.
If you’re going to get a penalty, for the good of the fans, nail someone just about to take a shot; not for telling the ref to do something physically impossible.
The Penguins were gunning early in the 3rd as they had 5 shots in 3 minutes putting the Canes on their heels. Coach Muller was talking it up on the bench and something must have sunk in as the Canes started doing a great job of forechecking.
The Carolina Hurricanes hosted the red (and blue) hot New York Rangers on Dec. 1, 2011 at the RBC Center. The Rangers have a powerful offensive and a very stingy defense as they have the lowest goals against in the NHL. The Canes lost in the first meeting, 5-1, and Thursday night’s game ended with a similar result, 5-3 in favor of the Rangers.
The Carolina Hurricanes hosted the division leading Florida Panthers under new coach Kirk Muller at the RBC Center Nov 29. While they lost 3-1, really 2-1 (a late empty-netter), the team did skate better and hit more, probably to impress the new coach.
The Carolina Hurricanes hosted the Montreal Canadiens the night before Thanksgiving and really needed this game in more ways than one. At the end, they lost 4-3 in a shootout, which is a horrible way a professional sport should determine the outcome of a team game.
The Carolina Hurricanes had the Winnipeg Jets in town the day after Thanksgiving for a Southeast Division matchup. The Canes have 4 of the next 5 games at home and need to win all as they’re against Eastern Conference teams.