What excitement at the RBC last night! The Canes dominated once again and lit the lamp early and often. Brindy started off the scoring with a very tight angled shot off of his own rebound. Then Willie scored the next one on a wrister, both of these coming on power plays. At the end of the 1st period it was 2-0. The second period was more of the same. Erik Cole scored on a slapper and Eric Belanger scored another one during a power play. At the end of the 2nd it was 4-0, Canes! In the 3rd, Scott Walker scored on a nice feed from Stillman, leaving him an assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick. The Islanders were able to ruin the shut out, but Wardo had another solid game in net as the final was 5-1, good guys.
Surprisingly enough, there were 2 fights in the game as well. The first one was Scott Walker against Brendan Witt, and will be one of the best fights you'll see this year. Both players stood toe to toe and delivered and received many hits until Scottie got the "Wittless Wonder" on his back. It's on google video here: Walker/Witt The next fight included Witt again as Commie took him on in defense of a hit on Cam Ward. This one is on google video as well, and you could say Witt loses again. Commodore/Witt. I'm not always a big fan of fighting, but these were both good bouts. Speaking of fights, I never mentioned that Tim Gleason dropped his gloves with Eager of the Flyers in our last game. That's three fights in two games! I'm so glad our coach has a "no fighting policy" as reported in many hockey publications. Maybe he's changing his policy to wake up the boys? Either way I don't care, as long as we win.
In other news, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford won the 2006 "Businessperson of the Year" title from the Triangle Business Journal. There's a nice write up here: Rutherford Award Congratulations to JR for continuing to receive more accolades for a job well done! Before I sign off I would be remiss if I didn't say something about Carolina's little good luck charm! Katherine Fritsch sang the anthem again tonight, and we had another victory! That's three wins and no losses so far when she sings. Oh yes, and of course another job well done by Katherine!
Tonight the tired Canes will be in Florida to tangle with the Panthers. Let's hope they still have some energy. Erik Cole left the game early after getting hit in the leg with a puck. He did come back in the 2nd and skated, so maybe he left again just as a precaution since the team had the game well in hand. Neither he or Ray Whitney skated a single shift in the 3rd period. I hope they can play tonight! The Canes and Panthers have both won 3 games in a row, so someone's bubble will be burst. Go Canes!