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Carolina Hurricanes get first road win of season over injury-riddled Blue Jackets

CAROLINA HURRICANES POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

55,187 Cam Ward Carolina Goalie He’s been playing a bunch of games, is he in a rhythm

55,188 Cam Ward Carolina Goalie The team finally won its first road game of the year

55,189 Cam Ward Carolina Goalie It helps a goalie to be ahead on the scoreboard early in game

55,191 Zach Boychuk Carolina LW Team crashed in on rebound shots to score tonight

(courtesy NHL)

COLUMBUS, OH.– The Carolina Hurricanes came into Tuesday’s NHL contest struggling just as bad their hosts, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Raleigh, NC. based-team had an overall record of 2-6-2, with only 6 points. Equally as bad was their road record of 0-5-1. Just like the Jackets, the Canes were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division.

Something had to give between two struggling teams.

The Hurricanes, who had trouble last season when facing the CBJ with Sergei Bobrovsky in goal, took advantage of him being out and bombarded backup Curtis McElhinney with 19 first period shots, scoring two goals for a 2-1 lead.

Carolina received goals from LW Zach Boychuk on a rebound shot at the 15:33 to open the scoring. At 17:08, center Riley Nash scored off another rebound and the visitors were off and running at 2-0.

The crowd of 15, 638 let the Blue Jackets know they were upset. The CBJ came out of the dressing room with a lackluster effort, getting out-worked and knocked around while getting outshot 19-8. The team was hurt by penalties all night.

The amazing aspect of the first period, was Columbus looked solid on the power-play but tentative and disinterested when they were playing 5-on-5.

Carolina went on to score two other goals by Justin Faulk and Eric Staal, an empty-netter to seal the win at 4-2.

GAME NOTES:

* The Hurricanes have now won three games in a row: 3-0 against Arizona, Los Angeles 3-2 and Columbus.

*Carolina is 9-9-1 all-time, 4-5-0 at Nationwide and 5-4-1 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

* Goalie Cam Ward won his first game ever vs. the CBJ and has a career record of 1-4-0.

* Jeff Skinner is two goals shy of 100 NHL/Hurricanes goals.

* Zach Boychuk skated in his 100th NHL game on 10/23/14 at Calgary.

* Tim Gleason skated in his 500th Hurricanes game on 11/1/14 against Arizona.

* Carolina is a penalty-free team. They rank ninth in the NHL for fewest penalty minutes per game at 10.0. The Hurricanes averaged just 7.9 penalty minutes per game last season, the lowest in the league. They became the first NHL team to average fewer than eight penalty minutes per game since 1967-68 when Pittsburgh (7.4) and Chicago (7.9) accomplished the feat.

* Team captain Eric Staal celebrated his 30th birthday last Wednesday, October 29. Staal ranks in the top ten for games played (8th, 772), goals (9th, 290), assists (8th, 401), points (6th, 691), power play goals (6th, 98) and shorthanded goals (4th, 16) of active players before their 30th birthday.

 


“Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe suffers stroke

Gordie Howe NHL (1966 photo by Arnie Lee via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame Hockey player Gordie Howe is resting after suffering a stroke on Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.

The news was reported by his daughter, Cathy, who he was visiting at the time.

The stroke has left the 86-year-old Howe with some lost function on the right side of his body, involving his arm and leg. His speech is slurred but can recognize and identify people he is familiar with.

Howe, who in a 26-year NHL career, was a 23-time All-Star playing in 1,767 games, scoring 801 goals, dishing out 1,049 assists and netting 1,850 points. He led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cups. Howe also played for the Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1980.

At the time of his retirement, Howe was the NHL leader in career goals and points before Wayne Gretzky broke those records during his career.

 

Blue Jackets to video stream three remaining preseason home games on BlueJackets.com and Foxsports.com


Live broadcasts will be available starting with tonight’s contest against Pittsburgh

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that the club’s remaining preseason home games against the Pittsburgh Penguins (September 23), Carolina Hurricanes (October 1) and Nashville Predators (October 4) will be streamed live via the club’s official website, BlueJackets.com, and on FOXSportsOhio.com.  Game time for all three contests is 7 p.m.

The live Dispatch Media Center video board feeds of each game will be accompanied by the radio broadcast featuring the call of announcer Bob McElligott and host Mark Wyant.  The live stream will be available throughout the Blue Jackets’ NHL-defined broadcast territory, including most of Ohio and areas of West Virginia, and Kentucky.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2014-15 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Individual game tickets for home games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

- CBJ –

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Karen Davis; COURTESY COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Columbus Blue Jackets announce Development Camp date and Pre-season schedule

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will play an eight-game preseason schedule, including four home games at Nationwide Arena, prior to their 14th National Hockey League season, the club announced today. Columbus will play one home and one road game against a pair of Metropolitan Division rivals – the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes – as well as former Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators.

 

The Blue Jackets open preseason play with a pair of split squad games on Sunday, September 21. Columbus will visit Carolina at 1:30 p.m. prior to battling St. Louis on home ice at 6 p.m. That contest is the first of four home preseason games at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets will also host the Penguins on Tuesday, September 23; Hurricanes on Wednesday, October 1; and Predators on Saturday, October 4.

 

Columbus’ complete 2014 preseason schedule can be found below (all times ET, home games in bold):

 

Sunday, Sept. 21 – 1:30 p.m. at Carolina*

Sunday, Sept. 21 – 6 p.m. vs. St. Louis*

Tuesday, Sept. 23 – 7 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh

Thursday, Sept. 25 – 8 p.m. at St. Louis

Saturday, Sept. 27 – 4 p.m. at Pittsburgh

Monday, Sept. 29 – 8 p.m. at Nashville

Wednesday, Oct. 1 – 7 p.m. vs. Carolina

Saturday, Oct. 4 – 7 p.m. vs. Nashville

*Split Squad

 

The Blue Jackets also announced dates for their annual development camp at Nationwide Arena and the OhioHealth Ice Haus. On-and-off-ice workouts will be held from Monday, July 7 through Thursday, July 10. All on-ice sessions will be open to the public. A complete camp schedule and roster of participating players will be announced at a later date.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2014-15 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

‐ CBJ ‐

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Pittsburgh Penguins stay busy, naming Jim Rutherford as new GM

Jim Rutherford as a player (photo by Detroit Red Wings via wikipedia commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired head coach Dan Bylsma and hired a new GM, Jim Rutherford all in the same day.

The 65-year-old Rutherford resigned the same position back in April with the Carolina Hurricanes. He replaces Ray Shero, who was fired three weeks ago.

Rutherford is a former 5’8, 160-pound goalie in the NHL from 1969-1983 with Detroit, Toronto and the LA Kings.

This is a homecoming for him with Pittsburgh, as he played goaltender for the team in the 1970′s.

After his playing career, he spent 20 years with the Hartford Whalers franchise, who moved to North Carolina in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

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