Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/13

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Chris Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The zeroes were becoming conspicuous hard to ignore and even harder to explain. In the first eight games of the Carolina Hurricanes’ season Jiri Tlusty and Jordan Staal had zero goals. Both forwards had done their part in games grinding it out in the defensive zone forechecking giving the effort. Both had their offensive chances. Neither could put the puck in the net. And then Saturday both did. In the Canes’ 4-3 road victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum Tlusty scored twice and Staal had a goal. Tlusty was the left wing on the top line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin which produced six points as Staal and Semin each had two assists. “I had been working hard in practice every day and that helped me out a bit in that I’d forget about not scoring goals” Tlusty said after the victory. “But I’m happy to have the monkey off my back and now I just want to keep it going.” In the first period Tlusty was open in the slot. Semin found him with the pass but Tlusty...
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