The Canes came into the game versus Florida down a few forwards with Viktor Stalberg traded earlier in the day and Jeff Skinner being sent back to Raleigh with an upper body injury. They looked liked they missed those two as they went down early to the Panthers 2-0. However, the Hurricanes battled back to take the game to a shootout. Unfortunately for the good guys, they were unable to win the skills competition and fell to Florida 3-2.
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The first period didn’t go very well, Cam gave up a couple of goals and the Canes couldn’t move the puck. Aside from a nice shot from Teravainen, they looked lost on the offensive end and being a true fan I got lost in the internet. I started searching for those Sergey Federov Nike rollerblades they used to advertise in SI for Kids. No luck. However, I did find quite a deal on Justin Faulk US Olympic jerseys.
In the second, Brock McGinn suffered an upper body injury and was ruled out for the game, putting the Canes down another forward. (Look for the Canes to call up Andrej Nestrasil, Lucas Wallmark or Brian Bickell to fill the roles.) A drizzle of excitement finally occurred with Tuevo assisting on Lee Stempniak’s goal (see below), which ignited the Canes offense to end the second trailing 2-1. Leaving Canes fans feeling nervously optimistic:
Going to the third, Florida started trying to bully Sebastian Aho and you just felt he would make them pay. Well he did, Aho drilled one in with under 14 minutes to go to tie it at 2-2. The game went into overtime where we had a few chances, but had to take it to the dreaded skills competition. Per usual, we were unable to out skill the other club and dropped a tough decision.
Storm Category: Category 3 Hurricane. The Canes fought back but it wasn’t enough.
Canes Score Of The Game: Lee Stempniak on nasty assist by Teuvo Tervainen
Enemy of The City: The Entire Florida Panther Team
All of a sudden they think their the Broad Street Bullies? Guys, your arena is in Sunsrise, Florida…cool it. Vincent Trochek might be the worst.
What’s Next?: Canes fall to 25-25-9 and will travel to Tampa for a game Wednesday night. Canes need an absolute miracle and a whole lot of help from others to even have a chance to make the playoffs.