INSIDE HOCKEY » Carolina Hurricanes Get Inside! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:28:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: NHL April Photos of the Month Mon, 05 May 2014 17:49:00 +0000

Here are the April 2014 NHL Photos of the Month from the photographers at Inside Hockey.

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Jagr Returns to the Devils Fri, 02 May 2014 11:41:24 +0000

In a move very uncharacteristic of Jaromir Jagr’s free agency period in recent years past, he quickly re-signed with the New Jersey Devils on the same day the NHL announced that he was a nominee for the Masterton trophy.

Why the move to re-sign so quickly?

“I think both sides wanted to do it quickly,” Jagr said in a conference call with the media on Wednesday. “Lou wanted to do it because he wanted to know what direction he wanted to go.”

“No reason to change the club. I was happy.”

He said that it was likely that if he had revisited free agency there would have been other teams offering up more money than the Devils were offering to him, but he decided to stay in New Jersey.

“If I’m happy somewhere…there’s no reason to change it,” he said.

Jagr believes the Devils are a true contender for the Stanley Cup, despite not winning a spot in the playoff race this year. He said he always thought the Devils were contenders.

His reaction to discovering he was nominated for the Masterton trophy? He didn’t know what it was.

The Masterton trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In a nutshell, that is the definition of “Jaromir Jagr.” He is that player. He played in all 82 games this season with no signs of wear. He just kept getting better and better as the season went along.

He led the club in assists (43), points (67), game-winning goals (6), and +/- (+16). He did all of this at the age of 42, as one of the oldest current active members in the NHL. He came in second in goal scoring (24) with Adam Henrique scoring only one more goal (25) than him. He outshot his teammates, shooting the puck at the net 231 times. Michael Ryder came in second with 166 shots on net.

The meaning of the Masterton, a trophy voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, represents who Jagr is. While Jagr was not familiar with the award, after the media explained what it was, he said it meant a lot coming from the writers because “They’re very picky.”

“In my opinion, I love the sport. I just follow the love for the sport.”

Dominic Moore (New York Rangers) and Manny Malhotra (Carolina Hurricanes) are both up for the Masterton.

Moore took some time off in the spring of 2012 when his wife, Katie, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. She died in January 2013. He set up the Katie Moore Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. After taking some time off from playing, he returned to the NHL this season to resume his career.

Malhotra suffered a serious eye injury, but instead of letting it end his career, he signed a professional tryout agreement with the Charlotte Checkers last fall and then signed as a free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes four weeks later.

While the latter two candidates suffered serious setbacks in their life and then came back to play hockey, Jagr’s nomination solely lies in the fact of who he is at this stage in the game. He never quit. He just keeps getting better and better.

Of all teams, why did he choose the Devils? “It’s small things together,” he said. “I’m happy. I play the best hockey when I’m happy.”

What also helps is that he likes the Devils’ system. “I thought our system allowed us to compete and beat anybody. If we followed the system we had a chance every night…the system gave me the confidence to go out there and win games.”

Going into next season, his biggest goal he is setting for himself is to score more goals. While he led the team in goal scoring throughout the majority of the season, Henrique got the edge on him at the end of the season.

With an instrumental piece put into place for the Devils, the next question centers around Martin Brodeur. Will he return?

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Photo Gallery: Hurricanes vs Flyers (04/13/14) Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:23:51 +0000

The visiting Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 6-5 in a shoot-out.

Three Star Selections
1st Wayne Simmonds (#17 PHI)
2nd Eric Staal (#12 CAR)
3rd Jeff Skinner (#53 CAR)

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Power Play Connects Twice, Rangers Down ‘Canes Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:13:41 +0000

After clinching a playoff berth on Monday night while idle—due to a New Jersey Devils loss—the New York Rangers were back in action Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden facing the Carolina Hurricanes. Brad Richards found his offensive game and the power play connected twice as the Rangers downed the ‘Canes 4-1.

Around the locker room it is evident that everyone understands the importance of these last few regular season games. It isn’t enough that the team clinched a spot in the playoffs because it is only a small step that the Rangers needed to make in order to have a shot at winning the Stanley Cup. With playoffs around the corner, the Rangers are using these next two games to work out the kinks, and play smart, consistent hockey.

“You want to get good habits, and you want to play the game you want to play next week,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who had 27 saves on the night. “You can’t take any shortcuts. You need to focus the same way and take each game as an important game.”

Two important points came out of the Rangers’ matchup with the ‘Canes, as both the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets secured wins last night. In order to have home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, the Blueshirts are going to have to hold on to the second-place spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The game was played pretty evenly throughout the first two periods; each team trading chances, including back-to-back breakaway attempts by Rick Nash and ‘Canes’ forward Alexander Semin, both of who were denied by the respective goalies. But it was the Rangers power play and the team’s discipline, they weren’t penalized the entire game, that gave them the edge over the ‘Canes.

The Carolina Hurricanes drew first blood early in the game after a lucky bounce and great positioning by Patrick Dwyer led to an opportune moment. The ‘Canes had the puck behind the goal line in the Rangers Zone. Brett Bellemore shuffled the puck toward the front of the net and it took a funny bounce off the side. Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein saw the puck pass through his legs to the waiting Dwyer who wasted no time ripping a one-timer that found its way over Lundqvist’s right shoulder.

The Rangers were able to answer in the latter part of the first after Semin was called for a hooking penalty at 15:44 and the Rangers earned a power play opportunity. After winning the face off, Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan each attempted a shot that was blocked. St. Louis recovered the puck, saw Richards alone in the left circle and slide a pass across. With no defenders blocking his view, Richards fired a shot that fooled Cam Ward and found its way to the back of the net. The goal not only represented the equalizer, but also a step in the right direction for the team’s power play that has struggled of late.

Second periods are where the Rangers have shined throughout the past 13 games. Since March 13, the Rangers have outscored opponents 19-6 in the second period. The team added to that statistic last night as the Rangers added two more goals, including another power play goal by Richards, in the second to carry a two-goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

Mats Zuccarello, who was honored earlier in the night with an annual award voted by the fans, was eager to put points on the board after he was robbed of a goal due to a great defensive play by Jay Harrison late in the first. Zuccarello had an open net and redirected the puck past Ward, but Harrison got his stick in before the puck crossed the goal line and kept the game tied at one.

Zuccarello, along with his linemates, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot, connected for the game-winning goal 50 seconds into the second period. Every time these three players are on the same line good things happen. They have substantial chemistry and know where to find each other on the ice. It’s a line made up of players who pass well and have precision sharp vision.

Anton Stralman started the play battling Andrei Loktionov on the boards. Stralman came away with the puck, completed a quick give-and-go with Brassard before passing the puck to Zuccarello streaking down the middle of the offensive zone. Zuccarello faked the shot and slide a beautiful tape-to-tape pass to Pouliot who had just come off the bench and was crashing the net. With a wide open net, Pouliot gave the Rangers the lead.

After the game, Zuccarello said the play happened very quickly. He realized he didn’t have a clear shot and saw Pouliot out of the corner of his eye. He figured his best option was to make a pass because he didn’t think he could score from his position. His decision paid off.

Richards’s second power play goal came in the middle of the second when the Rangers were able to keep possession in the offensive zone. St. Louis, Richards and Dan Girardi played keep away before the defense shifted enough for Richards to find a lane at the top of the blue line. Dwyer, who was covering the point, was without a stick, which gave Richards room. He drove a slapshot through traffic and into the net.

Clearly motivated by their second-period performance, the Blueshirts had an extra jump in their step starting the third. The team outshot the Hurricanes and added another goal less than five minutes in to put their opponents away. St. Louis found Derek Stepan waiting at the top of the crease. Ward, who thought St. Louis was going to shoot, was out of position and couldn’t get over in time to stop Stepan from sliding the puck in. St. Louis had his best game as a Ranger, tallied three assists.

“It’s nice to get rewarded on so many plays,” said St. Louis. “Just keep looking to build it up and keep getting better.”

Although he still struggles with scoring, he has given the Rangers coaches a glimpse of what he is able to do. Vigneault hopes this is just his warm-up.

“I thought tonight was probably his best game since he’s been with us,” said Vigneault. “He looked real good tonight. Hopefully, that’s a sign that’s going to continue for us.”

The Rangers have one more home game against the Buffalo Sabres before they close out the regular season on the road in Montreal. With the Flyers on their tail, the Blueshirts are looking to continue playing solid and complete games.

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Photo Gallery: Stars vs Hurricanes (4/3/14) Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:25:44 +0000

Scoring Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
CAR      2:30      Eric Staal (19) ASSISTS: John-Michael Liles (6), Patrick Dwyer (14)             CAR 1-0
CAR      4:08      Justin Faulk (5) (PP) ASSISTS: John-Michael Liles (7), Chris Terry (1)        CAR 2-0
CAR      7:06      John-Michael Liles (2) (PP) ASSISTS: Chris Terry (2), Justin Faulk (23)    CAR 3-0
DAL      9:44      Tyler Seguin (34) ASSISTS: Valeri Nichushkin (19), Trevor Daley (13)         CAR 3-1

3rd Period
CAR      7:40      Riley Nash (10) ASSISTS: Brett Bellemore (5)                                                         CAR 4-1

• Carolina defeated Dallas for the first time since Dec. 16, 2009. They last time the Hurricanes beat the Stars by three goals or more
was Oct. 7, 2001 (3-0).
• Carolina was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight and is now 94.1 percent (32-of-34) on the PK in their last 13 games.
• The Hurricanes scored two power-play goals tonight and are now 29.0 percent (9-for-31) on the PP in their last 9 games.
• Liles’ three points (1g, 2a) tied his career high. His three-point game was his first since he scored a goal and added two assists with
Colorado on Jan. 18, 2011 vs. VAN. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Hurricanes defenseman to earn at least three
points in one period since Bret Hedican on Oct. 24, 2007 vs. Buffalo.
• Khudobin stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced to improve to 18-12-1 this season.
• Faulk has scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career. His multi-point game (1g, 1a) was his fourth of the
• Terry earned his first NHL assists and first multi-point game (0g, 2a). He entered the game with one NHL point, a goal in his first
career game.
• E. Staal tallied two goals in two games against Dallas this season. He scored Carolina’s lone goal in the first meeting between
the teams.
• Bellemore has registered three assists in his last six contests after earning two assists in his first 53 games of the season.

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Photo Gallery: NHL March Photos of the Month Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:12:50 +0000

Here are the March 2014 NHL Photos of the Month from the photographers at Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Islanders @ Hurricanes (3/25/14) Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:04:10 +0000

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NYI    3:39    Colin McDonald (7) ASSISTS: Thomas Hickey (16), Ryan Strome (7)           NYI 1-0
NYI    5:26    Cal Clutterbuck (11) ASSISTS: Brock Nelson (13), Josh Bailey (22)               NYI 2-0
NYI    6:12    Colin McDonald (8) ASSISTS: Calvin de Haan (12), Travis Hamonic (12)    NYI 3-0
NYI    10:54  Matt Martin (6) ASSISTS: Kevin Czuczman (1), Thomas Hickey (17)             NYI 4-0
CAR   12:38   Jeff Skinner (27) (PP) ASSISTS: Andrei Loktionov (10), Jay Harrison (8)  NYI 4-1
CAR   15:06   Andrei Loktionov (6) ASSISTS: Jiri Tlusty (12), Brett Bellemore (3)            NYI 4-2

2nd Period
CAR    2:42    Alexander Semin (22) (PP) ASSISTS: Jordan Staal (23), John-Michael Liles (5)    NYI 4-3
NYI    16:57   Matt Martin (7) ASSISTS: Ryan Strome (8), Colin McDonald (8)                                   NYI 5-3
CAR   17:19   Nathan Gerbe (16) ASSIST: Jordan Staal (24), Ron Hainsey (11)                                   NYI 5-4

3rd Period

• Carolina won the season series, 3-1-0. New York’s win tonight snapped their six-game losing streak against the Hurricanes.
• The Islanders’ four goals in the first period equal the most Carolina has allowed in any period this season.
• Riley Nash played in his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game and won a career-high 13 faceoffs.
• Loktionov (1g, 1a) earned his second multi-point game in his last four contests. He tallied the game-winning goal and added an
assist on March 18 at Columbus, his first points as a member of the Hurricanes.
• Skinner now leads the team in goals (27) and power-play goals (10). Entering tonight, he ranked tied for 13th in the NHL in
power-play goals.
• Semin now owns 12 points (7g, 5a) in his last 12 games. Through games of March 24, only Gustav Nyquist (DET – 18) scored more
goals than Semin (15) since January 18.
• J. Staal (0g, 2a) has now registered 12 points (4g, 8a) in his last 10 games. He owns four multi-point games in his last nine contests
and recorded four points (2g, 2a) in four games against the Islanders this season.
• McDonald (2g, 1a) set a career high with three points and recorded his first multi-point game of the season.
• Martin (2g, 0a) registered his first multi-goal game since Feb. 24, 2011 at Philadelphia.
• Hickey (0g, 2a) earned his second multi-point game of the season. He registered three points (1g, 2a) on Dec. 29 at MIN

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Photo Gallery: Oilers vs Hurricanes (3/16/14) Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:48:51 +0000

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM 6:43 Matt Hendricks (5) ASSISTS: Boyd Gordon (13), Justin Schultz (18) EDM 1-0
CAR 19:42 Jordan Staal (14) ASSISTS: Eric Staal (36), Justin Faulk (21) TIED 1-1
2nd Period
3rd Period
EDM 9:01 Justin Schultz (9) (PP) ASSISTS: David Perron (23), Taylor Hall (41) EDM 2-1

• Edmonton won the season series, 2-0-0, while Carolina posted a 0-1-1 mark.
• J. Staal extended his point streak to a season-high six games (3/7-3/16: 3g, 6a). He owns seven points (3g, 4a) in seven career
games against the Oilers, including two goals in two contests this season.
• E. Staal now owns four assists in his last five games. He leads the team in points (36) and assists (36) this season. Staal has
recorded 11 points (4g, 7a) in nine career games against Edmonton, including two points (1g, 1a) in two games this season.
• Faulk now ranks fourth on the team in assists (21) and second among defensemen in points (24).
• Ben Scrivens made 29 saves to improve to 13-11-4 this season, including 6-6-0 with the Oilers.
• Schultz (1g, 1a) earned his third multi-point game and first power-play goal of the season.
• Hall registered three points (1g, 2a) in two games against Carolina this season. He owns seven points (2g, 5a) in his last seven
games overall.
• Perron now owns five points (2g, 3a) in his last six games.
• Hendricks’ goal was his first since Feb. 3 at Buffalo.
• Edmonton is now 9-11-2 this season when outshooting its opponent
• Carolina is 9-15-7 this season when outshot by its opponent

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Photo Gallery: Hurricanes at Bruins (3/15/14) Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:55:31 +0000

The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Boston.

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Special Teams Lift Rangers Past ‘Canes Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:55:06 +0000

In the NFL teams are allowed to decline penalties. The Carolina Hurricanes, sporting the second worst percentage in the NHL with a man advantage, wishes they would have had the ability to decline all of the visiting New York Rangers penalties Friday night in Raleigh. Carolina went 0-4 on their PP chances, gave up a shorthanded goal on one of their opportunities and the eventual game winner for New York came on one of their four PP chances.

The Hurricanes jumped on the Rangers late in the first on a goal by Jordan Staal, his 12th of the season. They were able to hold onto the lead heading into the third period. New York was able to tie the game at one with Ryan McDonagh’s shorthanded goal. Jeff Skinner put Carolina back in the lead when he stole the puck and had a breakaway opportunity against Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The shot was missed but a whistle was blown on New York’s Anton Stralman for hooking and a penalty shot was awarded. Lundqvist was 0-3 against the penalty shot this season and Skinner made it 4 when he slipped it past the Rangers goalie’s glove.  Rick Nash got the  Rangers back in a tie when his attempted centering pass deflected off of a Carolina player.

With 4:30 left to play Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey sent the puck over the glass and into the stands when attempting to clear it from his zone. Early in New York’s power play Brett Bellemore did the exact same thing. The Rangers now had 1:30 of a two man advantage and the ‘Canes defense depleted. Newly acquired Martin St.Louis threw one across the goal mouth and Derek Stepan was wide open to rip the puck behind Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin. With Khudobin pulled Ranger forward, Carl Hagelin, iced the game withhis 13th of the year.

Carolina travels to New Jersey for a game against the Devils on Saturday night and welcome these same Rangers back to the PNC Arena next Tuesday. The Hurricanes are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot sitting nine back of the Rangers, but with an offense struggling to find the net I keep hearing one of my favorite movie lines playing in my head. “So your telling me there’s a chance”


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