Finally, a fun one to watch, and on a night when the Thrash continued their death spiral. Despite their inconsistent play, the Canes are within two points of the SE Division lead. Trade talk still swirls around Carolina's pursuit of a rent-a-winger, but I still believe a stud on defense will be a better add heading into the playoffs. A lot of those rumors point to either Anson Carter or Kyle Calder as targets the Hurricanes are pursuing. I don't see either as difference makers.
The Canadians of the last few weeks remind me a lot of the Canes of the last few weeks. When they are off their game, they seem to wander around on defense and drop pucks at the blueline just hoping somebody else will make a play. Joe Vasicek is still doing that crap. There were a couple of occasions last night when he should have driven the net instead of circling and dropping the puck.
Ever one to dwell on the positive, here's last night's OTWN list:
1. Rod Brind 'Amour: Notched the 400th goal of his stellar career. Oh yeah, he also shut-down Koivu and company.
2. Tim Gleason: Great poise in not throttling Mike Johnson after he took a run a Cam Ward. The old Timmayyy would have taken a dumb retaliation penalty in that situation.
3. Chad Larose: Clearly a better bunter than hockey sniper, Chadsworth still found a way to get into the box score.
4. Scott Walker: The Pete Rose (circa 1975) of the Canes. Hustle, edge and effort beyond his God-given abilities on every shift.