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14 October 2007

'Canes sweep Eastern Canada

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After an embarrassing loss to the Caps last Saturday, the Canes traveled to Toronto with a new optimism. After falling behind 1-0 early in the first the Canes came out firing and shamed the Leafs with a final score of 7-1 (Williams, Stillman, Cullen, Whitney, Walker, Hamilton, and Staal; that's right, seven different scorers) A sub-par game for the Leafs, but it was important for the Canes to get that type of offense rolling. This was the motivation they needed.

Two nights later they took on the previously undefeated Senators. After both teams testing the water and basically just scrambling to get something going, Erik Cole opened up the scoring for the Canes. 6 minutes into the 3rd and the Canes go up 4-1. With less than 5 minutes left to go the Canes defense seemed to back off and slow down. This was answered with two quick goals by Mike Fisher and Joe Corvo of the Sens. When the Sens pulled Gerber to get the extra attacker on the ice, the Canes sealed their win when Eric Staal scored the EN goal. Final score 5-3...the Senators, no longer undefeated.

Although the had won 2/2 of their Canadian roadtrip this last game vs the Habs was probably most important. 2 points we need aside, this game would be a good indicator of the consistency that the Canes lacked last season which resulted in the Canes watching the playoffs from their couches at home. The first 10 minutes of the 1st period were incredibly scary to watch as a fan. The Habs came out roaring to go for their home opener and the Canes looked like this was all of theirs first NHL game ever. Ward let's in an early goal only a minute into it. Slowly the momentum swung back to the Canes as Stillman gets an ugly garbage goal late in the third. Matt Cullen was the only tally in the 2nd. And after much struggling to control the puck in the third, our Chad LaRose gets his first EN goal with 15 seconds to go. Canes win 3-1.

The Canes now stand at 4-1-1; a huge difference from how the 06-07 season started. Ward currently stands high up on most stats list with a record of 4-0-1 (John Grahame took the loss in DC) and .942 save percentage after just over 300 minutes of ice time.

The Canes now get a break until a Friday/Saturday back to back in Pennsylvania.

Let's Go Canes!

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