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REVIEW: HURRICANES 2, Edmonton Oilers 2

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Defenseman Glen Wesley scored the game-tying goal at 6:13 of the third period to help lift the Hurricanes to a 2-2 tie against the Edmonton Oilers and into a tie for the seventh and eighth playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

After allowing two goals in the second period, the Hurricanes converted on the power-play when Gary Roberts registered his team-high ninth power-play goal of the season with less than one minute remaining in the second period.

Goaltender Arturs Irbe earned third star of the game honors after collecting 37 saves. With his power-play assist in the second period, Ron Francis extended his season-high point streak to eight games (3g, 11a).

With the tie, Carolina ran their unbeaten record in overtime this season to 4-0-10.

POST-GAME QUOTES

CAROLINA HURRICANES 2, EDMONTON OILERS 2 (OT)

MARCH 15, 2000

CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:

“We were really struggling in the first two periods of that game. We had a hard time getting our legs going. Boy we had a hard time with the puck. We had to do everything almost standing still. It did not look good. We were really having a hard time with their speed, usually it’s the opposite way, but they have great speed. It exposed us sometimes and when a team pressures you like that you have to move the puck well. There’s no better way to say that we had a hard time moving the puck.”

On the ice conditions:

“The Oilers play on the same ice. The ice was not in terms of the outcome of the game but it was my understanding is that they had a problem with the either the compressors or the chillers this weekend that it stopped working two days ago. That’s the poorest ice conditions we’ve seen since we’ve been here. There’s no question about it. You can look at it one or two ways. Maybe it hurts us more because we need maybe some more favorable conditions to move the puck as well as we’re capable. On the other hand, it may have been the best thing that could happen to us because we faced a very fast team who handles the puck.”

EDMONTON OILERS HEAD COACH KEVIN LOWE:

On the game:

“I look at that as our best game in two weeks. Just plain and simple. I don’t look at that anything other than we played a heck of a hockey game.”

On the whether not getting two points hurts:

“I will take an effort like that for the next 11 and we’ll be in great shape.”

“Boyd (Deveraux)has played well for us all year long. He is the eptiome of a team player and works his rear end. I thought that all of our D were exceptional. I thought Igor rebounded back and had a strong game and I was really happy the way Titov played besides everybody else.”

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Edmonton 0 2 0 0--2

Carolina 0 1 1 0--2

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FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Titov, Edm (interference),0:51; Malik, Car (interference), 6:35; Robertsson, Edm (boarding), 16:26.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Edmonton, Re Murray 6 (Dowd, Moreau), 9:24.2, Edmonton, Weight 16 (J Smith, R Smyth), 14:08. 3, Carolina, Roberts 17(power play) (Francis, Oneill), 19:04. Penalties: Mccarthy, Car (fightingmajor), 2:08; Laraque, Edm (fighting major), 2:08; Coffey, Car (slashing),5:59; Robertsson, Edm (slashing), 5:59; Niinimaa, Edm (holding), 6:44;Poti, Edm (Obstr tripping), 11:23; Moreau, Edm ( double high stickingminor), 17:54.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Carolina, Wesley 7 (Kapanen, Brind'amour),6:13. Penalties: Brind'amour, Car (Obstr holding), 1:22; Oneill, Car(boarding), 7:47; Karpa, Car (roughing), 9:59; Kovalenko, Car (slashing),9:59; Dowd, Edm (slashing, roughing), 9:59.

OVERTIME -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Brind'amour, Car (high sticking),2:17.

Shots on goal:

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Edmonton 12 14 9 4--39

Carolina 6 9 7 3--25

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Power-play Conversions: Edm - 0 of 4, Car - 1 of 6. Goalies: Edmonton,Salo (25 shots, 23 saves; record: 22-23-14). Carolina, Irbe (39, 37;record: 22-23-14). A:00,000. Referee: Faucette. Linesmen: Collins, Morin.

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