It took the Carolina Hurricanes 59 – minutes to finally score against Steve “Magic Mitts” Mason, tying up the game and forcing the Philadelphia Flyers into their first overtime of the season. Mason, the one shining star in Philadelphia, was not enough to fend off the Hurricanes, who were looking to win after 5 straight losses. Various hockey analysts are already calling this game one of the top 5 worst games in NHL history.
With equally poor records, the Hurricanes thought to be the worse of the two, the Flyers and Hurricanes battled through a 0-0 tied game for 56- minutes. Their records not reflective of the talent on either team’s bench, the game last night was atrocious. There is not much to be said.
The Hurricanes’ clinched a win, breaking their 5 straight loses. The puck was snagged during overtime off of a turnover by the Flyers and buried in the back of the net – thrilling the home crowd for a much wanted win by the Hurricanes’. The Flyers’ inconsistent as ever, saw a happy Scott Hartnell as he scored his first goal of the season. It was great to see a smile from Hartnell as his goal was reviewed and deemed a fair. Contrary to what their optimistic team captain said a few weeks ago, this team will not make Stanley Cup playoffs, instead they have fallen to the worse team in the league.
Each game worse than the last, the Flyers will play on, as they face the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night. The Flyers will have to keep a watchful eye on: Jagr, Zidlicky and Elias, who lead their team in points. Scoring early, putting traffic in front of the net and taking a lead into the third period will be key for the Flyers, who have been outscored 16-5 during the 3rd period. Vinny Lecavalier will have to step up his leadership now that he is back on the ice and hopefully Hartnell has his groove back, after he scored his first goal of the season in yesterday’s game. The Devils are currently on a 2 game losing streak with a 3-7-4 record while the Flyers hold a 4-9-1 record. After last night’s game hopefully things can only get better, as both teams despite for the win tomorrow night.