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
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
WRALSportsFan.com: Stories, video and audio
850 The Buzz: Canes Drop Game 1 (audio)
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Breaks Come at Good Time
ESPN.com: Penguins unlikely Game 1 hero? Fleury