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2015 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7

Under Pressure: Ron Francis

With two key members of the franchise heading into the final year of their respective contracts, ‘Canes GM Ron Francis is under pressure to make some big decisions in Carolina.

Both Eric Staal and Cam Ward are set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2015-16 season. Both players were first-round picks of the ‘Canes and have spent their entire careers in the Carolina organization.

“We’ve had some conversations with Rich (Curran). When Eric and Cam get back into town, I’m sure we’ll have conversations with them,” Francis said. “I feel pretty comfortable with my relationship with Rich, and with both players that when the time is right and the numbers are right that we can get something done.

“Am I in a hurry to get this done this week or before camp or into the season? I really don’t have a timeframe on it. It’ll get done when it gets done.”

Ward, who went 22-24-5 in 51 appearances last season while posting a 2.40 G.A.A. and a .910 save percentage, is no stranger to being the subject of trade rumors. The 31-year-old expected to be dealt last summer.

“There was a lot of chatter about it last year and I learned a lot from that too,” Ward told PHT in January. “(Last) summer I was really able to take a break mentally and realize that I can only control what I can control – that’s just having fun and enjoying the game of hockey.”

Staal scored 23 goals and 54 points in 77 games last season registering his lowest totals since his rookie season.

“We’ll look at the whole situation and try and figure out what’s best,” Francis said. “As we said from Day 1, it has to make sense for our organization. We always talk about the term of the contract and the money in the contract – making sure we’re not blocking things going forward either.”

In addition to Staal and Ward, Francis will have to make decisions on Nathan Gerbe and Riley Nash up front. The only defenseman set to become an unrestricted free agent is John-Michael Liles while Eddie Lack is also headed into the final year of his contract.

Related: Poll: What should the ‘Canes do with Eric Staal?

Bruins add breathing room in wild card race

Ryan Spooner, Matt Bartkowski, David Pastrnak

Bruins’ rookie David Pastrnak scored with 37 seconds remaining in overtime as Boston doubled up the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1.

Pastrnak finished with a goal and an assist.

The Bruins win gives them a three-point cushion on the Ottawa Senators in the wild card race. Boston is also just three points back of the Washington Capitals for the first wild card spot.

Boston has now won two straight after going six in a row without a win.

Ryan Spooner opened the scoring with his seventh of the season at 2:21 of the first period. Nathan Gerbe tied the game 1-1 with less than a minute remaining in the second.

Boston improved to 5-8-2 in the second half of back-to-backs after a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Tuukka Rask, who left Saturday’s game due to a migrane, made 30 saves to improve to 31-19-12 with the win.

Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots in the loss.

The Bruins’ win officially eliminated both the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers from postseason contention.

Video: Hurricanes double up Lightning for third straight win

Carolina Hurricanes v Ottawa Senators

Eric Staal and Justin Faulk each had a goal and an assist and Jordan Staal added two helpers as the Carolina Hurrricanes doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Tuesday night.

The loss halts Tampa’s three-game win streak while the Hurricanes have now won three straight for the first time since a four-game win streak in November.

Carolina is now 7-1-2 in January.

Nathan Gerbe and Jiri Tlusty had the other Canes’ goals.

Cedric Paquette and Brian Boyle responded for Tampa.

Ben Bishop made 18 saves in his first career loss to Carolina.

Anton Khudobin improved to 6-8-2 with a 28 save performance.

Tuesday was the final of three meetings between the two clubs this season. Tampa won the previous two games by identical 2-1 decisions.

Comeback ‘Cane: Jordan Staal to make season debut tonight

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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).

‘Canes extend Penguins’ woes vs. Metro opponents

Jiri Tlusty , Patrick Dwyer, Michael Liles, Olli Maatta

The Pittsburgh Penguins have done a great job in most regards this season, but they have one noteworthy blemish on their record: They have come up short in divisional contests. Carolina earned a 4-2 victory tonight, pushing Pittsburgh to 3-4-1 against its Metropolitan competition.

That might not be a horrendous record, but it is jarring compared to Pittsburgh’s 12-2-1 showing against the rest of the league.

The Hurricanes outshot Pittsburgh 35-22 on Friday, but the Penguins were in this game until the end. Jiri Tlusty and Kris Letang traded goals within a minute of each other late in the first period and the score was tied at 2-2 by the second intermission. It took a power-play goal from Nathan Gerbe at 3:10 of the final frame to give Carolina a lead that would finally stick.

Tlusty found the empty net with 13 seconds remaining in the contest to collect his second goal of the night.

Sidney Crosby assisted on both of Pittsburgh’s goals, which extends his multi-point game streak to three. He’s opened up a three-point edge on Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek in the scoring race (33 points to 30).

Pittsburgh and Carolina will play again tomorrow night.