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from Scott Burnside of ESPN, The defining moment for an NHL franchise doesn’t necessarily come with the Stanley Cup in the building or in a deciding game or at the draft or on July 1.
No, the defining moment for a team often comes with everything going sideways and fans screeching for a coaching change and the losses piling up and the hopes for a playoff berth sliding quickly below the horizon.
The defining moment for the Carolina Hurricanes is now.
In the coming hours and days, every person in the organization from embattled coach Paul Maurice to snake-bit captain Eric Staal to struggling netminder Cam Ward to veteran GM Jim Rutherford will see in every mirror a reflection that will either look away in shame or stare back with clear-eyed resolve that a change in fortune is at hand.
At a recent practice, Maurice stood at center ice explaining a drill he wanted his players to perform. As the players gathered at one end of the ice, it was difficult to tell whether Maurice was a ma...
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Raleigh, NC -- The Carolina Hurricanes appear to be a team a franchise in limbo.
Times reached critical mass a week ago when the Hurricanes were humiliated at Montreal in their 10th loss in 13 games, dropping the team to nearly the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
So bad was their play in this vital month of November, with 10 games slated for the RBC Center, that the rumor...
The most recent week, there's been a lot of negativity surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes with the Canes going 1-3-0 and putting on one of their worst performances of the year against the Montreal Canadiens last Wednesday. They were also outscored 12-6 and shutout in two straight games which obviously put quite a draining on the fanbase. Believe it or not, the Canes actually...
In any sport, even the team that plays the best on any given night can walk away with a loss. In the NHL, it tends to happen when a goaltender has a dominating performance.
Cam Ward displayed that dominating performance tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, shutting the door on the Flyers time and time again in the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 victory.
Ward made 30 saves on 32 shots, and...
Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and an assist and Chad LaRose had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
The Hurricanes have not seen a lot of bounces go their way this season which is why last night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers was a nice change of pace for this team. All season long they've been unlucky with goaltending, shooting and special teams but things finally seemed to go right for them in this game. They were outchanced by six shots at even strength but still...
Overcoming the Force of a Hurricane
Coming back to snag a 4-3 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes courtesy of Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta's shootout winner, most folks would tell you that it's been awhile since the Habs have shown any dominance over the 'Canes.
The victory marked the 2nd straight for the Canadiens over these Hurricanes and their...
Montreal Canadiens (9-9-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-11-3)RBC Center, 7 p.m.TV: FS-Carolinas, RDS
The Canes are looking to get retribution out of the way early as they take on the Montreal Canadiens in a rematch of last week's 4-0 beatdown where Carolina alledgedly hit "rock bottom." Some were saying that would be Paul Maurice's final game behind the Hurricanes...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and an assist and Chad LaRose had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Jeff Skinner also scored and Cam Ward made 30 saves for Carolina, which got its first victory in Philadelphia since Nov. 28, 2008.
James van Riemsdyk and Matt Read scored for Philadelphia...
After last night's 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, I laid awake in bed and ran through a litany of ways to rationalize the Philadelphia Flyers' performance in the game.
"Look, you aren't going to impose your will on other teams every night," I thought to myself. "There's a lot of parity in the NHL, and it's tough to beat the same team three...
The Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes clashed for the second time in a week tonight. But this time, things played out a little differently.
Shutout 4-0 by the Habs last week, Carolina got on the board within the first 10 seconds on a soft floater from the blueline. The puck was tipped slightly by Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin, but Carey Price should have had it.
Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and an assist and Chad LaRose had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Jeff Skinner also scored and Cam Ward made 30 saves for Carolina, which got its first victory in Philadelphia since Nov.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and an assist and Chad LaRose had a goal and two assists and the Carolina
Hurricanes earned a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will try to match their longest winning streak of the season tonight, when they host Erik Cole and the Montreal Canadiens at RBC Center.