Carolina’s Eric Staal took exception to a hit Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf delivered to Eric’s younger brother, Jordan Staal in the third period of the Hurricanes’ 4-1 victory tonight. The elder Staal was quick to challenge Phaneuf over it and the two team captains exchanged blows.
You can see that fight below:
That wasn’t the end of it though. With the game winding down, Eric Staal was given the opportunity to collect an empty-net goal with Phaneuf being the primary obstacle in his path. Staal rocketed the puck forward nearly hitting the Leafs blueliner in the process:
“I was ready,” Staal told PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban. “One of those plays where you just react and you’re into the emotion of the game, you’re into the energy and I knew I wanted to get it in so I made sure I got a hold of it.”
That was just Staal’s second NHL fight, per hockeyfights.com. By comparison, Phaneuf has dropped the gloves four times in the 2014-15 campaign alone.
Elias Lindholm showed off his sweet hands in the shootout helping the Carolina Hurricanes edge the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Tuesday night.
Victor Rask also scored in the shootout while Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon were stopped by Anton Khudobin.
The Canes have now won two of three.
Jordan Staal scored his first of the season to open the scoring and Patrick Dwyer had the other Hurricanes regulation goal.
Khudobin made 28 saves to improve to 3-8-2.
Duchene and John Mitchell had the Avs’ regulation goals while Calvin Pickard made 44 saves in the loss.
Jordan Staal netted his first of the season tonight giving the Carolina Hurricanes a 1-0 lead over the Colorado Avalanche after 20 minutes.
It was Staal’s first goal since March 22, 2014.
The 26-year-old of course missed the first 35 games of the season after breaking his fibula during the preseason.
Staal now has a goal and three assists in seven games since returning.
After a 35-game absence, Jordan Staal will be back in the Carolina lineup this evening when the ‘Canes host the Habs at PNC Arena.
Staal, who suffered a broken fibula during the preseason, was activated off IR earlier today and will center the club’s top line next to his brother, Eric Staal, who’ll play right wing, while Nathan Gerbe will play the left side.
The hope for Carolina and head coach Bill Peters is that Staal can inject some life into the offense. The ‘Canes scored one or no goals in nine of their games in December, and currently sit 29th in the NHL in goals per game (2.0).
Jordan Staal is set to make his season debut when the Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Montreal Canadiens Monday night.
Staal has missed the first 35 games after suffering a fractured fibula during a preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres in September.
Canes’ coach Bill Peters said the team will monitor Staal’s minutes against the Canadiens.
Staal, 26, had 15 goals and 40 points in 82 games with Carolina last season.
Additionally, Jiri Tlusty, who has missed 16 games with an upper body injury, is expected to make his return to the Carolina lineup Monday.
Tlusty has 10 goals and 13 points in 28 games this season.