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VIDEO: Cam Ward makes unbelievable paddle save to stone Bryan Little

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By Mike McMahon

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender channeled his inner Tim Thomas against the Winnipeg Jets, robbing forward Bryan Little with a diving paddle save.

A candidate for Save of the Year, Ward’s spectacular save kept the game scoreless in the first period and left Little astonished.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • VIDEO: Alexander Semin’s highlight-reel goal in Hurricanes’ loss to Devils

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    By Mike McMahon

    The Carolina Hurricanes climbed back from a 4-1 deficit against the New Jersey Devils, capped off by a highlight reel goal from forward Alexander Semin.

    Semin received the puck in the neutral zone on the right wing and maneuvered his way around four Devils, deking Jaromir Jagr and Bryce Salavdor before hovering into the middle and pulling off a majestic spin-o-rama goal that snuck past the leg of Devils goaltender, Martin Brodeur.

    But the entertainment was not over there, as Semin celebrated the sensation score by blowing a tire in the celebration and falling to the ice.

    The goal was the Russian’s 17th goal on the season and tied the game up at 4-4. The Hurricanes would end up falling to the Devils 5-4 after Tuomo Ruutu gave the Devils the lead, spoiling the comeback effort.


  • Published On Mar 08, 2014
  • Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe scores possible Goal of the Year

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    By Allan Muir

    Sure hope Adam Oates wasn’t watching Wednesday night’s game between the Hurricanes and the Flyers.

    The Capitals coach was apoplectic after Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl went between his legs to cap off a four-goal performance against the Rangers earlier this season, claiming it “disrespected” the integrity of the game.

    Despite the hue and cry from some cranky fundamentalists, that bit of twig trickery inspired its share of imitators. This time it was Nathan Gerbe’s turn to show off. The diminutive winger finished a second period breakaway with the dazzling deke, leaving Philly’s Steve Mason flummoxed as the shot beat him high glove.

    A me-too moment? Maybe … but it sure was fun to watch.


  • Published On Jan 22, 2014
  • SHANABANNED! Kevin Westgarth suspended two games for boarding

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    By Allan Muir

    Kevin Westgarth couldn’t have made it any easier for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

    The Carolina forward was suspended two games today for a breathtakingly stupid hit on Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki on Sunday.

    The Senators defenseman had just blown a tire on the corner and was trying to regain his feet when Westgarth barreled in from the face-off circle and planted Borowiecki head first into the boards.

    It certainly wasn’t the hardest or cheapest hit we’ve seen this season, but, as Brendan Shanahan explains in the suspension video, “at no point, from the moment Westgarth changes direction, is Borowiecki ever eligible to be checked. Borowiecki is completely vulnerable…[and] Westgarth never stops or makes an attempt to slow down. This is a time when Westgarth should completely avoid contact.”

    That’s what common sense would dictate, anyway. This is one of those cases where respect for the safety of his opponent should have slammed the brakes on Westgarth. Since it didn’t, and since Borowiecki was injured on the play, this was the call Shanahan had to make.

    MUIR: Players face uphill fight in concussion lawsuit against NHL


  • Published On Nov 26, 2013
  • Hurricanes have options in wake of Joni Pitkanen’s season-ending injury

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    Joni Pitkanen of the Carolina Hurricanes

    Joni Pitkanen (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    There’s no evidence to support the theory that some dark curse holds sway over the Carolina Hurricanes, though after losing Cam Ward and Tuomo Ruuttu for long stretches last season, and learning today that Joni Pitkanen would be out for the entire 2013-14 campaign, you can forgive the hard-luck ‘Canes for wondering just whose bad side they’re on.

    The heel injury that’s sending Pitkanen to the sidelines takes a big bite out of a defense corps that’s already considered to he Carolina’s weak spot. The veteran blueliner played upwards of 22 minutes a night in all situations, and while his position as the team’s top defender had been usurped by Justin Faulk, he’s not easily replaced as part of the group.

    But the ‘Canes do have options.

    GM Jim Rutherford said today that the team would explore every avenue in order to soften the blow.

    Here’s what he’s looking at:

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  • Published On Sep 11, 2013
  • Youngest Staal set for NHL debut

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    Jared Staal will make his NHL debut with brothers Jordan and Eric on the Hurricanes.

    Of the four Staal brothers, Jared’s NHL career is most likely to be the shortest. (Dave Reginek/Gettty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Jared Staal hasn’t made much of an impact this season with the AHL Charlotte Checkers, scoring just four goals and seven points in 52 games. In fact, he probably hasn’t done enough to earn a new deal with the Carolina Hurricanes after his three-year entry level contract expires at the end of this season.

    But if that’s the way it plays out, the organization is giving him a pretty sweet parting gift: a chance to make his NHL debut on Thursday night when the ‘Canes host the New York Rangers at PNC Arena.

    No word yet on where the 22-year-old winger will slot into the lineup, but there’s a good chance he’ll see some time with his brothers Eric and Jordan. It’s just too bad his other brother, Rangers’ defenseman Marc, is still recuperating from an eye injury suffered earlier this season and won’t be able to make it a family affair.

    The Hurricanes acquired Jared Staal for a fifth-round pick in 2010 from the Coyotes, who’d drafted him 49th overall two years earlier. Despite good size (6′-4″, 200) and impeccable genes, he’s never been able to make his mark at the pro level, scoring just 18 points in 119 AHL games.

    So why did he get the call?

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  • Published On Apr 24, 2013
  • Hurricanes have nothing to gain from playing Jeff Skinner

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    Jeff Skinner of the Hurricanes lies on the ice after being knocked senseless.

    Jeff Skinner has had his concussion issues and should be handled with care. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Just came across this tweet from Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer that left me gobsmacked.

    Because of course, why wouldn’t Jeff Skinner be rushed back into the lineup for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia? That seems like a perfectly reasonable decision to make with a player who was knocked senseless after sustaining this open-ice hit from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen, right?

    Especially a player who has missed stretches of both this season and last with concussion-related issues.

    Alexander later reported that Skinner actually wanted to come back after the Cowen hit and was upset with the team doctor for not clearing him. And you know, that’s great. You want a potential franchise player like Skinner to have that hunger, to desperately want to get back into the battle with his teammates.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2013
  • Video: Joni Pitkanen another casualty of touch-up icing

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    By Allan Muir

    With pretty much everybody but Brent Ashton and Mike Sillinger having already been swapped today, the talking heads will have a lot of time to kill on the trade deadline shows on Wednesday.

    Chances are they’ll spend more than a little bit of it discussing hybrid icing in the wake of this horrible injury suffered by Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

    UPDATE: Pitkanen is expected to miss the rest of the season after breaking his left heel in his collision with the end boards.

    You’ve probably heard the term before. If not, it’s a rule tweak that would allow officials to blow the play dead at the faceoff dot or at the goal line at their discretion. The thinking is that the option minimizes the chances that a mad race to the puck will end with the skater out front being injured in a collision with the boards.

    It was tested in the American Hockey League, where it was well received. The general managers are in favor of it. So why don’t we have it yet?

    Surprise! It’s been blocked by the NHLPA, which prefers to go with European-style no-touch icing or simply leave things the way they are.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2013
  • Here’s why Alexander Semin’s $35M deal makes sense

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    Alexander Semin

    Since signing with the Hurricanes last July, Alex Semin has been a point-per-game player. (Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    The ink wasn’t yet dry on Alexander Semin’s brand new five-year, $35 million contract extension with the Hurricanes before social media lit up with snarky comments about the dangerously short memory of Carolina’s general manager, Jim Rutherford.

    Sure, the flashy winger has been sensational through the first 30 games of his stint in Raleigh, many said, but this is the same player who forced the Capitals to cut him loose after his final two frustrating seasons in Washington.

    Are the Hurricanes taking a risk with this deal? No doubt. But before you suggest that owner Peter Karmanos might want to hide the checkbook before Rutherford does another crazy thing with his money, let me introduce you to these 13 players:

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  • Published On Mar 26, 2013
  • Staal brothers see the light, don visors

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    Eric and Jordan Staal

    Eric and Jordan: the eyes have it. (Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Funny how people’s opinions can change about something when it suddenly affects someone they love.

    Take Senator Rob Portman, for instance. Or a little closer to home, Eric and Jordan Staal.

    It took nearly a month after watching their visorless brother Marc almost lose an eye when he took the full force of a slap shot in the face, but the two Carolina-based Staals finally decided it was time to protect their own futures.

    Eric and Jordan hit the practice ice in Raleigh with a new look Friday morning, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.

    Here’s Eric Staal, explaining the decision:

    “It’s been brewing for a little while. At this point I just feel like the risk [of injury] isn’t worth it right now, because of the injuries I’ve seen to other people in this organization, family.

    “Sometimes you feel like you’re invincible, but as many guys have seen, you’re not. Unfortunately, injuries can happen. It’s just being smarter. As we’ve seen in the past when anybody has had an eye injury, they put [a visor] on. So why am I going to wait until that happens to me? Why not put one on now?”

    “I wasn’t like we talked long. We kind of looked at each other like, ‘We’re got to start wearing one,’” Jordan Staal said. “It was just one of those moments like, ‘That’s it.’”

    You watch the replay of the Marc Staal incident and it’s miraculous he didn’t lose an eye.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2013


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