Losing Game 1 of a playoff series is nothing new to the Carolina Hurricanes. Losing their two power forwards is. The Canes found themselves down two wingers last night when both Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole were injured on leg-to-leg hits. Their status should be updated today.
With two days off until Thursday's Game 2, Carolina can look back to last night's game and analyze their mistakes and successes and plan adjustments. The extra day off will give Ruutu, Cole and Pens d-man Sergei Gonchar a chance to rest up.
Canes Country: Pittsburgh Drops Carolina in Game 1 - Pens 3, Canes 2
Pensburgh: Game 1 Recap: "Afterthoughts" Miroslav Satan, Philippe Boucher and MA-Fleury spear the Pens to victory, 3-2
News & Observer: Canes trail 0-1, as usual • DeCock: Ward proves human • Cooke defends Cole contact • Talking Points: Monday's turning points • Trying to read between the lines • Mayors place their bets
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins beat Hurricanes to win conference opener, 3-2 • Penguins Notebook: Having an impact is the Ruutus' way • Hurricanes Notebook: Cardiac 'Canes come up short • Hurricanes' Locker Room: Francis' future -- Coach or GM • Collier: Satan's goal just the first of the surprises • Cook: Fleury growing into big-time goalie
NHL.com: Penguins hold on, get early jump on Canes • Shadows to spotlight • Sid gets passing grade • 'Canes go without Cole, Ruutu • Coming up big while short • Penguins-Hurricanes series blog
Puck Daddy: Pass or Fail: Cole, Cooke controversies from Canes/Pens Game 1 • Monday's Three Stars: Fleury saves the night for Penguins •
WRALSportsFan.com: Stories, video and audio
850 The Buzz: Canes Drop Game 1 (audio)
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Breaks Come at Good Time
TSN.ca: McKenzie: Game 1 losses could be costly for Canes
SI.com: Canes fall in opener, but look for this series to be lengthy
ESPN.com: Penguins unlikely Game 1 hero? Fleury
USA Today: Penguins strike first as Fleury holds off Hurricanes in Game 1 • Tim Thomas blog: Game 7 one that got away for Bruins