February 26th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr
Nathan Gerbe was always told he was too small to play in the NHL.
He answered that criticism by being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, where he played the first five years of his career. However, since the Sabres bought him out of his contract this past offseason, Gerbe has found new life in Carolina.
"It's been nice. All I wanted was an opportunity, and Carolina gave me that," Gerbe said after Carolina's loss to the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday. "It's my job to seize it and show them what I can do."
What Gerbe has done, is score 12 goals on the season, which is just four shy of his career high (16) that he scored in the 2010-2011 campaign with the Sabres. His 26 points on the year is just five points shy of his career high (31) that he also registered with Buffalo that season.
While Gerbe continues to excel for the Hurricanes, he is happy for the opportunity to play, and was taken back when Buffalo exercised their buyout option on him last season.
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"It always comes as a shock," Gerbe said. "But it's a business. You don't put anything, I guess, against it. I just want to carry on and have a good career."
February 25th, 2014 at 10:31 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr
It wasn't a result of a lack of effort, but the Carolina Hurricanes let a win slip away against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, dropping a 3-2 decision.
The Hurricanes never led in the game, and only beat Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller with two, perfect shots. Carolina out-shot Buffalo 38-18, but Miller proved to be up to the task, as he has been all season for Buffalo.
"It's a tough pill to swallow right now for everybody," Huricanes captain Eric Staal said after the game. "We definitely had the better of the chances pretty much every period. But we gave up some good ones, and they capitalized. Miller was good. You want to bear down on some of the chances you got, but he got the better of us on some of those grade-A chances."
Staal scored a goal in tonight's loss to tie the game at one in the second period as a Buffalo power play was expiring. Alexander Semin also scored a goal late in the third period to tie the game at two, but Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff scored with less than a minute to go in the game, which proved to be deciding goal. Read more... Join the Conversation...
June 4th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Chris Warner
The Carolina Hurricanes are beginning their offseason by unveiling their new jerseys today at noon inside the PNC Arena in Raleigh. The jerseys will keep the same colors (red, white and black) and primary logo as the old sweaters, but will alter the designs of the away jerseys, home jerseys and socks for the first time in the team's 15-year history. This will be the first offseason change that will get the Hurricanes moved past last season's disappointing finish, and into preparation for the 2013-2014 season that will see them in a new, more competitive, division.
Despite being atop the Southeastern Division by one point midway through this past season, the Hurricanes finished a disappointing 19-25-4 (42 points) which earned them third in their division and left them 13 points outside of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Next season, the Hurricanes will transition from a division they have played in since the 1998-1999 season to a new division in the realigned conferences.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 20th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Chris Warner
The Carolina Hurricanes sent six players to represent their respective countries at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships which began Friday, May 3 and ended last night in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner all represented Canada, while Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain represented the United States and forward Jiri Tlusty represented the Czech Republic.
This is the third time Eric Staal has participated in this particular event, winning gold in 2007 and silver in 2008, the second time Jordan Staal has participated, winning gold in 2007, and the third consecutive year that Jeff Skinner has participated. Skinner was the leading scorer of the three Hurricanes representing Canada, scoring two goals and two assists (four total points) in eight games played, while Eric Staal tallied no goals and three assists in eight games played and Jordan Staal netted one goal and added two assisted in eight games.
Canada finished fifth after losing in the opening round of the IIHF playoffs 3-2 to host nation Sweden, and during the game Eric Staal suffered a third-degree MCL sprain after sustaining a knee-to-knee hit from Sweden's Alexander Edler. Edler was given a five-minute major kneeing penalty, a game-misconduct and was ejected for the hit and was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the tournament. Despite the injury, Staal will be ready for the beginning of the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 26th, 2013 at 10:22 AM
By Chris Warner
The Carolina Hurricanes lost 4-3 in overtime last night in the final home game of this shortened 2012-2013 National Hockey League season. Jiri Tlusty scored twice, Tuomo Ruutu added the other Hurricanes goal and starting goaltender Dan Ellis made 34 saves as the Hurricanes played well for 60 minutes of regulation but lost after Rangers' captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into the overtime period.
This game also marked the National Hockey League debut of the youngest Staal brother, Jared, as he logged 12:16 of ice time with one shot on goal.
The Rangers scored the first two goals of the game in the first period and found themselves up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. Derek Stepan got the scoring started a mere 3:19 into the game, beating Ellis with a snap shot to record his 17th of the season (assisted by Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan). Derick Brassard increased the lead to 2-0 late in the period, beating Ellis up high to give the Rangers some insurance going into the second period. The goal was Brassard's 12th of the season and was assisted by Carl Hagelin and Michael Del Zotto.Read more... Join the Conversation...