NHL All-Star Spotlight Justin Faulk

Congrats Justin

On June 26, 2010 in the Staples Center the Carolina Hurricanes made the 37th overall pick; they picked a young man by the name of Justin Faulk from St. Paul, Minnesota. Now at the age of 22 he leads all defenseman on the team with 26 points so far and averages around 26 minutes a game.

Faulk signed a big contract in March 2014 for 6 years 29 million dollars; a contract that is worth every penny for what this young man brings to the team. In his young age he is very mature and already has the leadership of a veteran player.

For at 22 year old hockey player he is very accomplished already;  he was a member of Team USA U-17 and U-18 teams, winning gold with the U-18 team at the IIHF World U-18 Championships. He was a member of the 2011 NCAA National Champion University Minnesota Duluth, he was on the 2012 NHL All-Rookie Team at the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa. For this young man I think his biggest accomplishment came on January 1, 2014 when he was names to the 2014 USA Olympic team that was heading to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Games.

Just like Skinner, Lindholm, and Rask; Justin Faulk is the future of the Carolina Hurricanes and is showing everyone why. He might bring this rough and tough physical game on the ice but off the ice he is a wonderful person. Justin is actively involved with the Kids and Community Foundation and always loves getting out with the kids and showing them some hockey basics.These are the things an NHL player like Justin Faulk is all about, its not always about what you do on the ice but also about how you carry yourself and how you represent the community and Justin for only being 22 years old is one of the most respect Hurricanes in the locker room already.

That’s why on January 10th when Justin Faulk was named to the NHL All-Star game in Columbus no one was surprised. CONGRATULATIONS JUSTIN and we will be cheering for you in Raleigh.

Here is a list of the weekend events starting tonight!
Friday: NHL All-Star Draft on NBC Sports at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: NHL All-Star Skills Competition on NBC Sports at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: NHL All-Star Game on NBC Sports at 5:00 p.m.
January 23-25, 2015
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Carolina Hurricanes Start 2015 Strong!!!!

Jordan Returns 

On Monday December 29th the Carolina Hurricanes did not get the victory that they had hoped against the Montreal Canadiens but they did get a BIG piece of their line up back…. Jordan Staal! The  Assistant Captain made his first appearance of the season after returning from a broken leg that was suffered in a preseason game against Buffalo back in September.

With the calendar turing to 2015 and Jordan back in the lineup the Hurricanes are starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together. They opened with 2015 with a game against Metro Division rival the Philadelphia Flyers; the Flyers who are also in an uphill battle came ready to play. Brad Malone started the scoring getting his first goal of the season; Malone over the past 4 games has played his best of the season and starting to show some chemistry with his line. In the 2nd period Jordan Staal set his brother Eric up for this 10th of season. That goal extended Eric’s Point streak to 4 games and put Jordan 2 points in 2 games so far this season. The 2 goals were all the Hurricanes need to put the Flyers away and walk away with 2 points.

In a post game interview the Captain said it best about what the difference maker was; he showed a smile and said “we got 2”. It has been hard for the Hurricanes this season getting more then one goal but for 2015 it seems the tide has shifted.

Eric Staal 

On a rare early Sunday afternoon game the Hurricanes faced the Boston Bruins who came to town on the back end of a back to back situation that saw them lose the afternoon before to the Senators in OT. The Hurricanes got a first period goal from Patrick Dwyer to close out the 1st period but what key to the first period was that Khudobin did not see a single Bruins shot till almost the 17 minute mark of the 1st period. The Hurricanes continued to show dominance in all the zones for the 2nd and 3rd period. Boston finally got one past Dobby late in the 2nd but that would be the only Boston goal on the board.

The game needed extra time that took a unique turn in the OT period; there were matching penalties that allowed fans to see some 3 on 3 hockey. 3 on 3 OT hockey is something the coaches and league are looking into for the future of the NHL. Plenty of shots in OT but nothing saw the back of the net so we went to a shootout. The 3 shooters for Boston were Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, and Patrice Bergeron and the 3 shooters for the Carolina Hurricanes were Chris Terry, Jeff Skinner, and Eric Staal.

The only player to find the net was Eric Staal; earning the Hurricanes the extra point, their 2nd win of 2015 and earning Eric the Hurricanes Fireman Helmet. This win also got Dobby his first win against his former team and his second win of the season.

Anton Khudobin

The Hurricanes are in Nashville tonight to try and extend their win streak to 3 for 3 in 2015. This is also the annual Father’s Trip for the Hurricanes as well. The Hurricanes return home on January 8th to face Buffalo.

Hurricanes Vs. Leafs Recap

Finally since December 2 we can say the Carolina Hurricanes have won; defeating the Maple Leafs 4-1. The Hurricanes snapped their own 6 game losing streak and stopped the Leafs 6 game winning streak.

Thank You Jay Harrison

The day did not start out so happy; late this afternoon Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis traded Assistant Captain Jay Harrison to the Winnipeg Jets for a 6th round draft pick. The Hurricanes will also retain 30% of Harrison’s 1.5 million dollar salary. This is also the 3rd time in Harrison’s career where he will play under coach Paul Maurice. Harrison a dedicated Cane playing in over 300 games for the red and black; Jay was not only a leader in the locker-room but was also a huge feature in the community with the Kids and Community Foundation. We thank Jay for 6 amazing years and wish him all the best in Winnipeg!

1st Star Justin Faulk

Cam Ward stopped 25 out of 26 shots only letting Dion Phaneuf find the back of the net. Chris Terry got the Hurricanes rolling in the 1st period with help from his new linemates Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe. Justin Faulk kept the scoring rolling in the 1st period with a beautiful short handed goal. Andrej Sekera added a 2nd period power-play goal. To cap off the first win in 16 days Elias Lindholm added an empty netter to make it 4-1. This is the first time the Hurricanes have scored more than 1 goal in the last 6 games.If there was a message in the Harrison trade that no one is safe and play like your job is on the line, then that message was received by the whole team this afternoon.

The Hurricanes return to the ice on Saturday when they face the New York Rangers and coach Bill Peters looks to keep this momentum rolling and believes Alex Semin might be able to come off the IR and return to action.

Marc Staal and the Rangers come to PNC on Saturday

Three Stars of the Game 
1. Justin Faulk: Game Winning Goal
2. Cam Ward: 25 saves
3. Nathan Gerbe: 2 Points

Hurricanes Scoring
1st Period: Chris Terry (5) ASST: Staal (10) Gerbe (8)
Justin Faulk (6) ASST: Dwyer (1) Sekera (11)
2nd Period: Andrej Sekera (1) ASST: Faulk (13) Gerbe (9)
3rd Period: Elias Lindholm (8) ASST: Staal (11) Hainsey (3)

Nashville Predators Vs. Hurricanes Recap

Nashville the top team in ESPN’s power rankings, #1 in their division, and riding a 4 game win streak came into PNC Arena Tuesday night with a lot of momentum. The Hurricanes coming off a loss Saturday against Pittsburgh was ready to play and look well rested after a day off Sunday and a strong practice Monday.

Liles 

Nashville came out strong testing Cam Ward early but Carolina matched their intensity and kept the offensive fore-checking going strong. Cam Ward saved 28 of 29 shots faced and had a save percentage of .970; even thought Cam’s overall record doesn’t reflect the type of performance he is putting on the ice, fans can really see the improvement for last season and the confidence he has gained under new goalie coach David Marcoux.

Victor Rask

Hurricanes got on the board late in the 1st period on a goal from Jeff Skinner who has 5 goals and 5 assists in his career against Nashville. The Hurricanes got another goal to add to the lead from Victor Rask and held that lead till Mike Ribeiro got a goal in the middle of the 3rd period. That was all the Predators could get past Ward; what didn’t help Nashville was the 2 penalty they received half-way through the third period. Even though the Hurricanes did not score on those PowerPlays it took the momentum away from Nashville.

Hurricanes ended Nashville’s win streak and also ended their own losing streak! A win over one of the top teams in the West had to be a great confidence booster for the team and for Elias Lindholm who celebrated his 20th birthday. This was also a family affair for Elias Lindholm; his cousin Calle Jarnkrok is a recent call up for the Predators.

Upcoming Hurricanes Home Game

#1 Star Skinner

12/4 – Washington Capitals @ 7pm
12/7 – Detroit Red Wings @ 5pm
12/8 – New Jersey Devils @ 7pm

Three Stars of the Game 
1. Jeff Skinner: 1Goal 1 Assits
2. Cam Ward: 28 saves
3. Victor Rask: Game Winning Goal

Hurricanes Goals
1st Period: Jeff Skinner (6) ASST: Nestrasil (3) Liles (4)
2nd Period: NONE
3rd Period: Victor Rask (4) ASST: Jeff Skinner (7)

Carolina Hurricanes Recap: Jets and Sharks Game

Andrew Ladd as a Hurricane

Once again the Carolina Hurricanes had 3 games in 4 nights starting with the Winnipeg Jets flying in on Thursday and two old but familiar faces returning to Raleigh. Paul Maurice the 2 time Carolina coach returned with the 2004 top draft pick for the Carolina Hurricanes Andrew Ladd. The Jets saw 2 goals for assistant captain Blake Wheeler and an empty goal from Zach Bogosian. Carolina seemed flat the whole game and got a lone power-play goal from the Swedish Beast Elias Lindholm and another strong performance from Cam Ward. Ward stopped 34 of 36 shots faced and had a plethora of amazing saves; Cam Ward kept the Hurricanes within 1 for much of the game till the final minutes when he went to the bench for the extra attacker.

Saturday the Hurricanes had an early 1 PM game at TD Garden in Boston; where they face a Bruins team that was going to put up a fight after having horrible losses in their past 2 game. With Jay Harrison and Alex Semin out with injury;Cam Ward was net once again! The Hurricanes looked like they found their identity again, out shooting Boston greatly in the opening period. Hurricanes even scored first which has been hard for the team to do as of late but like everything else this season that didn’t last long; Boston got two quick goals that they held for the rest of the afternoon. The only good things to come out of the Bruins game was that Juri Tlusty added to goal total on the season with 7 which is leading the team.

Quick flight back to Raleigh, the Hurricanes had a 5 PM meeting with San Jose Sharks. Upon arriving at the arena Sunday morning the Hurricanes found out they lost a very good friend Sgt. Mike Cathcart. Sgt. Cathcart lost his life in Afghanistan due to injuries sustained during combat on Friday November 14th. Sgt. Cathcart met the Hurricanes in early 2014 when the team went to Fort Bragg to practice and Sgt. Cathcart got to practice with the team and formed a tight bond with most of the players.

When the game began the Hurricanes faced Troy Grosenick a young kid from Brookfield, Wisconsin who was playing in his 1st NHL game and his family was in attendance. Once again like previous games the Hurricanes looked flat and got another unlucky bounce that ended in the back of the net and that was all that was needed. The Hurricanes posted 45 shots on the young goalie… yes 45 shots and none of them went through the first timer who looked to be a seasoned veteran. Grosenick had one memorable night that saw him break the record for most saves in an NHL debut that was previously held by Andre Gill who stopped 41 on December 23, 1967!

The Hurricanes go on a long road swing that sends them out west looking to stop this losing streak!! The Hurricanes return home on November 29th to conclude a Home & Home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins! This will mark the 1st return to Raleigh for
former Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford

Regular Season Game 1: Islanders Vs. Hurricanes

2014-2015 Carolina Hurricanes

183 days since the last regular season game was played in PNC Arena; a new coach and general manager have been added but the results remain the same; the Hurricanes lose 5-3 to kick off the 2014-2015 NHL season. Majority of the 18,680 fans in attendance were not pleased with the result but yet can’t be to shocked.

Cam Ward was the starting goaltender and on the first 12 shots he allowed 3 goals. Playing the whole 60 minutes and facing a total of 26 shots Ward let in 5. Even thought the offensive pressure was hardly there and the defense hardly showed up the Hurricanes seemed to go 2 for 5 on the power play which is an improvement.

Johnny Boychuck

The Islanders made some big changes last Saturday with the additions of Nick Leddy from Chicago and Johnny Boychuck from Boston. Boychuck had a big debut tonight with 1 goal and 2 assist and helping the Islanders go 2 of 3 on the power play.

Elias Lindholm led the Hurricanes in the face-off circle winning 75% of the draws he took. The defensive pair of Sekera and Faulk led the Hurricanes in ice time both going over 21 minutes. Making his return to Raleigh tonight Tim Gleason showed he is still the roughest guy on the ice; throwing 6 big hits. There were also 3 players making their NHL debut tonight; Victor Rask and Patrick Brown for the Hurricanes and Griffin Reinhart for the Islander.

Hurricanes return to PNC Arena for the final home game of October (State Fair comes to town) on Tuesday to face Buffalo on National TV.

Reminder Caniacs its a 7:30 start due to being on NBC. 

Gerbe gets the 1st Hurricanes goal of 2014-2015 season

Three Stars 
1. Brock Nelson (Islanders): 2 Goals, 2 Assist
2. Johnny Boychuck (Islanders): 1 Goal, 2 Assist
3. John Tavares (Islanders): 3 Assist

Hurricanes Scoring
1st Period: None
2nd: None
3rd: Gerbe (1) ASST: Faulk (1) Sekera (1)
Terry (1) ASST: Sekera (2) Nash(1)
E. Staal (1) ASST: Lindholm (1) Tlusty (1)

Preseason Game 1: Blue Jackets Vs. Hurricanes Recap

When 6,250 fans walked into PNC Arena on a beautiful Sunday afternoon everyone was happy to see the boys back on the ice for the start of another season. It was not just a hockey game it was fans seeing each other for the first time since April and catching up with arena staff and fellow fans. With this being the first preseason game and training camp only being open 2 days the expectations were not set very high. 
Cam Ward
Cam Ward, Elias Lindholm, Riley Nash, Jeff Skinner, Patrick Dwyer, Andrej Sekera, and Jay Harrison were the roster regulars that were in the lineup today and their veteran presence was felt. Ward started in net and played 22:45 allowing 3 goals on 13 shots; then for the final 24:01 Alex Nedeljkovic allowed 1 goal on 6 shots. The Canes scored a quick Power Play goal from Andrej Sekera in the 1st period; then Riley Nash added another goal in the 2nd and Chris Terry followed that with a tally in the 3rd to bring the Hurricanes within 1 goal of the Blue Jackets.
Jay Harrison all smiles to start the season
Even though the final score of 4-3 doesn’t reflect the effort the Hurricanes put fourth; there was some improvement already from last year and that has to please the new coaching staff of Bill Peters and company. The passing was crispy with tape to tape touches, strong presence in the offensive zone, going after offensive zone rebounds, defensive players very involved on scoring chances, and the aggressiveness in the younger players. 
There were some players that stood out in this first game and their future is bright for Carolina. One of those players was Jay McClement who signed as a free agent this summer coming over from the Leafs. Even though he was not been with the organization long he is all ready making an impact by earning the “A” for today’s game and was 53% in the face-off circle. Others that stood out were Riley Nash and Chris Terry. They both showed that they took the new coaching staff messages to heart and really worked hard this summer conditioning and preparing for the season; their hard work and efforts have shown in training camp and were also shown in today’s game.
Newcomer Jay McClement
The Canes return to action on September 23rd in Buffalo against the Saber and return home to PNC Arena on October 3rd to face those same Sabers. 

Reminder: Canes Carnival is Friday September 26th… Come out to meet the team and have some family fun!!!
Three Stars of the Night
Jeff Skinner with 2 Assist Today!
  1. Cam Atkinson – 2 Goals 
  2. Jeff Skinner – 2 Assist
  3. Nick Foligno – 1 Goal & 1 Assist
Hurricanes Scoring
1st Period: Andrej Sekera (1) ASST: Ryan Murphy (1) Jeff Skinner (1)
2nd Period: Riley Nash (1) ASST: Jeff Skinner (2)
3rd Period: Chris Terry (1) ASST: Sergey Tolchinsky (1) Jay Harrison (1)