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Paul Maurice


C - Ron Francis, Keith Primeau, Jeff O'Neill, Kent Manderville. RW - Ray Sheppard, Sami Kapanen, Nelson Emerson, Kevin Dineen, Robert Kron. LW - Gary Roberts, Martin Gelinas, Paul Ranheim, Bates Battaglia, Byron Ritchie. D - Steve Chiasson, Glen Wesley, Adam Burt, Curtis Leschyshyn, Sean Hill, Dave Karpa, Nolan Pratt, Mike Rucinski, Marek Malik. G - Trevor Kidd, Arturs Irbe.


Adam Burt, d (shoulder, day-to-day); Steve Chiasson, d (shoulder, day-to-day); Curtis Leschyshyn, d (bruised sternum, day-to-day).


recalled Marek Malik, d, and Byron Ritchie, f, from New Haven.


12/10 Boston       L 3-2 
12/12 Detroit      W 3-0 
12/15 Edmonton     W 3-0 
12/18 at Ottawa    L 5-1 
12/19 at Buffalo   W 3-2 


Southeast Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Carolina          33  15  13   5    35   85   78   
  Florida           28  11  11   6    28   73   76 
  Washington        29   9  17   3    21   60   78  
  Tampa Bay         32   8  21   3    19   68  114 

team news:

by , Carolina Correspondent

Not only are the Carolina Hurricanes one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but they're earning some respect by beating some top quality squads around the league.

Perhaps one of the biggest wins of the year came on December 12 when the Canes blanked the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, 3-0. To put the win against Detroit in perspective, it marked the first time the Wings have been shut out on the road in seven years.

The win also set some new standards for the Carolina franchise. It was the first time the Whalers/Canes held Detroit to no goals since November 14 1989! The winning goaltender that night was Mike Liut.

Not Stopping There

After coming off the emotional win against Detroit, the Canes didn't let down one bit as three days later they blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Three days after that, though, they were downright awful, getting blown out by Ottawa 5-1.

What could have been disaster the following night, turned into one of the most gutsiest wins a team could ask for when Carolina edged Buffalo 3-2. Not only did Trevor Kidd outperform some guy named Dominik Hasek, but the Hurricanes played much of the third period with only three defensemen.

After Curtis Leschyshyn went out with a bruised sternum and both Adam Burt and Steve Chiasson left with shoulder injuries, forward Paul Ranheim was moved back to at least give Carolina two shifts of blueliners.

"I'm pumped, I've got to be bitterly honest with you," Carolina coach Paul Maurice told the press after the contest said. "That's the most I've been excited for a hockey game all year. I think obviously Trevor played very well to win that game. The story, really, I think is that we lose three defensemen and then Ranheim has to go back and play defense. But I think we got a little better as this game went on."

While it was far from dominating, it was a victory against another outstanding team. The Hurricanes were holding on for dear life, being outshot 40-20 for game.

Goalie Carousel

It sure is nice to have two good goalies, isn't it?

For the most part Maurice has been going with the hot hand. It was Arturs Irbe who blanked Detroit, making 35 saves for the game, including 16 alone in the third period. The following game Irbe was again between the pipes to pick up his fourth shutout of the year.

But, it was Kidd who stopped 38 shots in beating Buffalo. The win improved Kidd to 4-1-1 in his last six starts..., what's the problem?

Well, right now there isn't one. I must admit, I'm not exactly a Carolina fan, but I have been following the team a lot more closely in order to be able to write about them. I am, however, a Philadelphia Flyer fan, so I know a little bit about goalie controversies come playoff time.

It's pretty safe to say, the Hurricanes will be making a trip to the playoffs (knock on wood). I realize it's not even officially winter yet, but I can't help but to compare this situation to that of the Flyers two years ago.

First it was Garth Snow, then it was Ron Hextall and finally Garth Snow...again. Terry Murray turned what should have been a successful playoff run into a media mess. It goes to show, you need to have a number one goalie by the time late in the season rolls around.

Obviously, there is plenty of time to decide, and, anything can happen in a four month span. But, if you had to pick right now...

Quite a Show

The December 12 game against Detroit was filled with many side notes that could be talked about endlessly.

One of those is the fact that it marked the first time the Greensboro Coliseum was sold out for a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game. On that night 11,059 showed up to see what was an impressive win by the locals.

It couldn't have come at a better time, either. If hockey is going to succeed in the Carolina area, this could be starting point. It was safe to say by the 3000+ empty seats for most home games that hockey wasn't quite officially there. But, rather then getting blown out by a Detroit team that clearly had more talent, the Canes gave every fan their money's worth.

Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come.

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