Carolina Hurricanes Not Waiting ‘Til New Year’s To Turn Season Around

December 30th, 2009 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
I was hoping that I could hold off until New Year's Day to write this article, so the "New Year's Resolutions" title cliche could be worked into the title, but it seems that Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes aren't focused on catchy headlines at the moment.

After falling quickly down to last place in the NHL, the 'Canes have crept along in the standings for their entire season so far. But a recent jump in liveliness and offense has brought a little bit of confidence on the Hurricanes' bench.

In the past four periods of regulation time, the Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 9-4 and have been fully dominant on both ends of the ice.

During a stretch that began last Saturday and followed through to Monday night in Washington, Carolina came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers (despite falling 4-3 in a shootout) and then went up to Washington to play the NHL-leading Capitals and came out with a 6-3 win after quickly jumping out 3-0.

Those four periods have also been the total time that offensive team leader and future Hurricane captain Eric Staal has been playing right wing. Staal's cont ...

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