Canes score two quick ones to take a 2-1 lead in second
|05.06.09 at 8:35 pm ET|
RALEIGH — I have confirmation of an excellent aborted goal call by Jack Edwards during the NESN broadcast, followed by a weird shot of the B’s broadcaster from behind. I’ll have to check the tape later on that one.
Anyway, back to the action.
18:23: Great diving scoop save by Thomas on a Sergei Samsonov shot that hit the side of the net and then bounced dangerously toward the crease area before the B’s goalie gloved it.
17:02: Quick glove save by Thomas on Tuomo Ruutu on a high slot shot with two Hurricanes skaters bearing down on the Boston crease.
15:20: Aaron Ward and Ray Whitney battling for a puck speeding toward the Boston net, and Whitney ended up crashing to the ice and hitting his neck against the left post. Whitney has walked back to the Canes dressing room to get looked at.
11:41: Things getting a little testy after Ryan Bayda crashed the Bruins net at the end of a whistle following a Thomas save on a Pat Eaves shot. A lot of jawing between Chuck Kobasew and Rod Brind’Amour.
10:36: Big missed opportunity as Chara fed Aaron Ward at the left post when Ward was down and out, and Ward slammed the puck right into Ward’s right pad. Tuomo Ruutu knocked Ward down after the save, though and was whistled for interference.
8:51: Much better puck movement by the B’s PP unit tonight, but still no goal.
Whitney back out on the ice for the Canes.
7:13: Staal got a great feed from Whitney after he found a seam behind the Bruins D and the skilled forward came in all alone. He missed wide right with his hot shot slapper bid on Thomas, though. Bullet dodged.
5:40: Staal to Cole in front and the big winger missed wide right. Big shift by Carolina’s top unit with a bevy of shots that ends up drawing an interference penalty on Michael Ryder after he belted Pitkanen in the middle of the ice without the puck. Great shift by the Canes, and you can really feel the energy shifting in this one.
3:58: Great diving play by Savard to break up the Canes PP and knock the puck out of the zone. Aaron Ward blocked a shot earlier in the kill that looked pretty painful.
3:01: And this place just went ballistic. Staal is a playmaker and that’s exactly what he did. Staal took the puck from Steve Montador behind the Boston net when he fanned on a clearing attempt, and then turned and whipped a top shelf blast by Thomas. All tied up.
2:02: The Canes strike again. Sergie Samsonov strikes on a wrister from just outside the right faceoff circle, and the momentum is squarely in Carolina’s corner.
The Canes have taken a 2-1 lead at the end of two full periods of play during Game 3 at the RBC Center