Originally written on Shutdown Line  |  Last updated 4/8/12

There really isn't much to say about this game other than the Canes got off to a horrible start and score effects did the rest. Congratulations to the Florida Panthers on winning the Southeast and making the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. This isn't the way that I wanted the Hurricanes to end their season but a rebuilding team is going to take their lumps. Carolina had a miserable first half to the season and it looked like they were destined for a lottery pick, but they have improved a lot since January and it looks like there are some pieces here that we can possibly build something with. It's too bad that the season had to end on a losing note, but don't let it erase the great things we have seen over the last couple of months.

Now it's time to look forward to the off-season and what Jim Rutherford will do with the Canes #8 pick.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH 1 3 6 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 3 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 5 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 16 14 15 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

Carolina's chances are in red, Florida's are in white

This is what a game normally looks like when a team gets off to a good start and then sits on a lead for the remaining two periods. Scott Clemmensen had to make a few big saves, but the defense in front of him did a great job when it counted, which is more than I can say for Carolina's defense. When you have an aggressive goalie like Brian Boucher, it probably isn't a good idea to let a forward stand in front of the net by himself, and with the puck no less. It's remarkable how poor the defensive play of this team has been at times and we saw that tonight.

Individual Scoring Chances

# Player EV PP SH 4 Jamie McBain
23:08 8 8 1:16 0 1 0:27 0 0 5 Bryan Allen
12:27 3 1 0:00 0 0 1:04 0 1 6 Tim Gleason
17:15 6 2 0:06 0 0 1:21 0 2 12 Eric Staal
17:17 8 7 1:05 1 1 1:16 0 0 13 Anthony Stewart
7:55 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 14 Andreas Nodl
14:16 4 1 0:03 0 0 0:20 0 1 15 Tuomo Ruutu
15:55 4 3 0:47 0 0 0:00 0 0 16 Brandon Sutter
15:34 3 1 0:17 0 0 1:20 0 2 19 Jiri Tlusty
14:44 4 2 0:59 1 1 0:39 0 0 23 Jeremy Welsh
15:51 5 3 0:41 0 0 0:00 0 0 25 Joni Pitkanen
24:27 8 8 0:59 1 1 1:15 0 0 27 Derek Joslin
6:07 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 28 Justin Faulk
17:10 4 2 0:47 1 0 1:05 0 1 33 Brian Boucher
55:11 15 11 2:03 1 1 2:36 0 2 36 Jussi Jokinen
15:40 6 4 0:17 0 0 1:37 0 1 37 Tim Brent
7:04 0 0 0:58 0 0 0:00 0 0 44 Jay Harrison
16:15 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 53 Jeff Skinner
19:27 4 5 1:01 0 0 0:00 0 0 59 Chad LaRose
16:23 5 6 0:59 1 1 0:00 0 0

Best EV Forward: Andreas Nodl +3

Worst EV Forwards: Chad LaRose & Jeff Skinner -1

Best EV Defenseman: Tim Gleason +4

Worst EV Defensemen: Jay Harrison, Joni Pitkanen & Jamie McBain EVEN

Jeremy Welsh played pretty well in his NHL debut, his two penalties aside. He was driving the net well and was definitely taking advantage of the ice time that Kirk Muller was giving him. He had a couple very good scoring chances and the play was going in the right direction when he was on the ice. No points or goals to show for it, but he had a solid NHL debut in my mind.

Head-to-head at five-on-five

Weiss and his line got the job done tonight and so did Goc against the Staal line. There isn't much else to say here about the matchups so I will just let you all make your own interpretations.

# Player EV PP SH 7 Dmitry Kulikov
19:27 6 6 0:53 0 0 0:08 0 0 8 Wojtek Wolski
12:29 2 5 0:39 0 0 0:00 0 0 9 Stephen Weiss
19:52 4 4 2:03 2 0 0:36 0 0 10 John Madden
12:29 2 4 0:00 0 0 0:42 1 0 14 Tomas Fleischmann
19:24 3 4 2:03 2 0 0:00 0 0 16 Marco Sturm
7:19 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 18 Shawn Matthias
10:36 1 5 0:00 0 0 0:08 0 0 19 Scottie Upshall
10:31 1 5 0:33 0 0 0:28 0 0 20 Sean Bergenheim
12:18 5 3 0:33 0 0 0:00 0 0 26 Mikael Samuelsson
14:45 4 3 1:26 2 0 0:00 0 0 30 Scott Clemmensen
55:00 11 15 2:36 2 0 2:03 1 1 32 Kris Versteeg
17:29 4 3 1:57 2 0 0:29 1 0 43 Mike Weaver
19:33 5 5 0:00 0 0 1:19 1 1 44 Erik Gudbranson
14:10 3 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 51 Brian Campbell
22:30 3 7 2:03 2 0 0:44 0 0 52 Jason Garrison
19:39 2 7 0:33 0 0 1:19 1 1 55 Ed Jovanovski
15:23 3 3 0:17 0 0 0:36 0 0 57 Marcel Goc
14:25 4 3 0:00 0 0 0:45 0 1 82 Tomas Kopecky
14:47 2 4 0:00 0 0 0:58 0 1

Best EV Forward: Sean Bergenheim +2

Worst EV Forwards: Scottie Upshall & Shawn Matthias

Best EV Defenseman: Erik Gudbranson +1

Worst EV Defenseman: Jason Garrison -5

Team Period Time Note CAR Opponent
FLA 1 17:21 Fleischmann 6 14 16 28 33
9 14 26 30 32 51 4v5 CAR 1 16:30 McBain 4 12 23 25 33 36 9 14 30 32 51 55 5v5 FLA 1 15:58 Goc 5 12 33 36 44 59 7 20 26 30 43 57 5v5 FLA 1 13:38 Madden 4 12 25 33 53 59 7 20 26 30 43 57 5v5 FLA 1 13:18 Madden - GOAL 4 12 15 25 33 53 10 16 30 44 55 82 5v5 FLA 1 11:00 Bergenheim 4 6 15 23 33 53 7 9 20 30 32 51 5v5 CAR 1 9:26 Joslin 4 12 13 25 27 33 10 16 30 44 52 82 5v5 FLA 1 1:29 Garrison 4 12 25 33 36 59 9 14 30 32 51 52 5v5 CAR 1 1:01 Ruutu 6 15 23 28 33 53 7 8 18 19 30 43 5v5 CAR 2 18:02 Sutter 4 14 16 19 25 33 8 18 19 30 44 55 5v5 CAR 2 14:08 Welsh 6 15 23 28 33 53 7 9 14 30 32 43 5v5 CAR 2 12:37 Staal 4 12 25 33 36 59 20 26 30 51 52 57 5v5 FLA 2 12:13 Versteeg 4 12 25 33 36 59 7 9 14 30 32 43 5v5 CAR 2 11:00 Sutter 5 14 16 19 33 44 8 18 19 30 51 52 5v5 FLA 2 9:54 Weiss - GOAL 5 6 16 33 36
9 14 26 30 32 51 4v5 FLA 2 6:59 Fleischmann 4 15 23 25 33 53 7 9 14 30 32 43 5v5 CAR 2 6:28 LaRose 6 12 25 33 36 59 14 30 32 43 51 57 5v5 CAR 2 3:45 Welsh 4 15 23 25 33 53 7 9 14 30 52 82 5v5 CAR 2 3:08 LaRose 6 12 28 33 36 59 7 10 16 30 52 82 5v5 FLA 3 19:12 Versteeg 4 12 19 25 33 59 10 30 32 43 52
5v4 CAR 3 17:37 Jokinen 5 6 12 14 33 36 7 9 18 26 30 51 5v5 CAR 3 17:18 Staal 4 5 12 19 33 59 8 10 20 30 43 52 5v5 FLA 3 16:01 Goc 6 13 23 28 33 53 20 26 30 44 55 57 5v5 CAR 3 14:34 Sutter 4 14 16 25 33 36 7 8 18 19 30 43 5v5 FLA 3 13:48 Fleischmann 12 19 25 28 33 59 9 14 30 32 51 52 5v5 FLA 3 12:30 Wolski 4 14 16 25 33 36 8 10 30 44 55 82 5v5 CAR 3 11:34 Pitkanen - GOAL 12 19 25 28 33 59 30 43 52 57 82
5v4 FLA 3 10:34 Bergenheim 4 12 19 25 33 59 20 26 30 51 52 57 5v5 CAR 3 6:50 Skinner 4 15 23 25 33 53 10 19 30 51 52 82 5v5 CAR 3 4:10 Staal 6 12 19 28 33 59 20 26 30 51 55 57 5v5
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