This is the story I wrote for my school newspaper:
The Carolina Hurricanes have started the 2007-2008 NHL season strong, with a 7-3-3 record. The last time the Hurricanes started the season with seven wins was in the 2005-2006 season, in which they were 8-2-1, a franchise record. They also won the Stanley Cup in that year.
There is another similarity between that year and this year. In ‘05-‘06, the Hurricanes defeated the previously undefeated Ottawa Senators on October 24th. This year, the ‘Canes beat the previously unbeaten Ottawa Senators on October 11th. See any similarity? Huh? Huh?
The season began on October 3rd against the Montreal Canadiens. It was a fast-paced game, with the Hurricanes tying it near the end. But Montreal captain Saku Koivu scored in overtime to hand the ‘Canes an overtime loss to begin the season. The Hurricanes rebounded with a big 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 5th, including a pair of goals by Eric Staal. After a heart-breaking 2-0 loss in Washington, where backup goalie John Grahame made 31 saves, the ‘Canes went on a three-game winning streak, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1, the Senators 5-3, and got revenge on the Canadiens by defeating them 3-1 in Quebec. The ‘Canes then made a tour of Philadelphia, losing in a shootout against Pittsburgh and in overtime versus Philadelphia.
The Hurricanes played their first Western Conference opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, on the 22nd. I went to that game, and the Hurricanes were in top form. It was exciting because it looked a lot like the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2005-2006. They defeated the Canucks 3-1, but it could have been 5-1 if the Hurricanes had not been playing the best goalie in the NHL, Roberto Luongo.
The Hurricanes then went 2-2 for the rest of the season, including an 8-3 drubbing of the New York Islanders, in which Rod Brind’Amour picked up the first hat trick of the season for Carolina.
Brind’Amour has been the statistical leader of the Hurricanes this season. He has 18 points in 13 games, including a 9-game point streak. Following him are Staal and Justin Williams with 16 points. In fourth is Cory Stillman with 14 points. Cam Ward has a 6-2-2 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.54 GAA.
Eric Staal is 1st on the team and tied for 3rd in the NHL with 9 goals. Brind’Amour leads the ‘Canes with 12 assists and is tied for 2nd overall.