It’s Game SEVEN of the Conference Finals and the Hurricanes have to advertise for TICKET SALES???
Canes facing last shot
Once the puck hit goalie Cam Ward, he didn’t know where it went. It hit his left shoulder, bounced off his glove and disappeared into the ether, as far as Ward was concerned.
He didn’t see it as it looped up and over him, landing on the goal line and slipping across by a matter of inches before Ward could snap his glove onto it and drag it back across.
After a season when the NHL’s officials were often in the spotlight, under pressure to call the rules by the book and take the clutching and grabbing out of the game, referees Bill McCreary and Dan O’Halloran were in a different spotlight on Tuesday.
The Carolina Hurricanes accused the duo of missing three calls — one by action, two by inaction — in overtime that the Canes argued led directly to Daniel Briere’s goal that gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win and sent the Eastern Conference finals to Game 7 on Thursday in Raleigh.
“I wholeheartedly disagree with the original call,” Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. “I wholeheartedly disagree with the two missed calls.”
With apologies to Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret: “Well, NOW do you believe???”
The Eastern Conference finals series between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes is down to a decisive Game Seven for a ticket to the Stanley Cup finals and a date with former Sabres Michael Peca, Dwayne Roloson and the Western Conference Champion Edmonton Oilers.
The game ended several hours ago.
Feel free to extract your fingernails from the recliner or your buddy’s forearm.
And get ready for at least one more ride Thursday night.