It took a little while, but the Canes are back in first in the Southeast Division! Maybe it was a little Stanley Cup hangover. Maybe it was because of the injuries. Maybe the tougher than normal schedule took it's toll. Whatever the reason, the Hurricanes started the season slowly but have been playing some great hockey lately. Their record for the past 10 games is an outstanding 7-2-1. They have tied Atlanta with 27 points, but are technically ahead since they have beaten the Thrashers three times to zero losses already this season. The 27 points earned is the 2nd highest in the Eastern Conference and 4rth best in the league. Way to go Canes!
Friday night in Washington, the Canes were nearly perfect in the 4-1 victory. As I mentioned in my previous posting the fathers traveled with the team and all reports indicate that they had a great time. John Grahame picked up his first victory as a Cane and looked solid between the pipes. The Brind'Amour line was nearly unstoppable and accounted for all 4 goals. (Brindy 2, Cole 1, Whitney 1) The other lines did a fine job though of controlling the puck and limiting the Caps chances. It was a very satisfying team win.
Saturday night in Raleigh the Canes faced a tough Dallas team and beat them 5-4. Both teams looked pretty fresh even though they had just played the previous night. Eric Staal had a hat-trick while Justin Williams connected on a beautiful slap shot that had eyes and Ray Whitney scored on a move which undressed and "de-jocked" Marty Turco. To their credit the Stars kept the game close with some goals scored late, but the Hurricanes pretty much controlled this one and at times looked like the powerful team from last year. The fathers were in attendance again and kept their unbeaten streak alive. As Ray Whitney put it, I'm sure they were "pumping their own tires" after that game.
Coach gave the boys the day off yesterday but it was back to work this morning at practice. I'm sure the fathers will be missed, but the boys will be without them when they board the plane for New York this afternoon to play the Rangers on Versus tomorrow night and the Islanders Wednesday night. After having Turkey day on the road, they will be playing the Bruins in Boston for an unusual noontime game. I'll be doing my share of traveling myself later this week, but will keep up the blogging as best I can. Let's Go Hurricanes!