Sunday, November 05, 2006

Big Easy and Canes Bounce Back

I'm off to New Orleans today for a conference. It should be interesting to see how Canal Street and the Vieux Carre' look. I haven't been there for two years. Any suggestions on where to dine? I've got Monday night to venture out...always liked Mr. B's.

I second JP's call on all to vote on Tuesday. Momentous times are upon us. Remember, all you Democrats, you are required to vote in this off-year election via butterfly ballot. That makes it easier for all those nice election day volunteers from Halliburton to identify and shred your ballots.

On to the Hurricanes
The box score won't show it, but Andrew Ladd was a force last night. He hit everything in black and his passing was artful and crisp. Ladd's ice time was up around four minutes and he even logged over 2 minutes on the PP. His breakout pass from the half-boards to a streaking Eric Staal was particularly sweet.

Erik Cole also had a break-out night with a goal and two assists. His goal from behind the net off Marty Gerber's rib cage was a thing of beauty. Wesley, Hedican, Wallin and Commodore - the core (sans Kaberle) of the Canes no-name Stanley Cup Champion blueline, are starting to gel. Still no Tim Gleason, but Anton Babchuk was solid. I just wish he'd plow somebody...just once. Is there even a place for David Tanabe on this squad? He played less than two minutes and coughed up a puck at the blueline. Looks like the young man might have some Rick Ankiel-ish issues.

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