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Tweetmail No. 132: Four-Goal Games, Lack & Moms

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let's get to it.

Tweet from @JeanMcAfee: @MSmithCanes #TweetMail has any Whaler/Hurricane ever have a 4-goal game? Who in the franchise has the highest point game? #Canes

Former Hurricanes captain Eric Staal had the last four-goal game in Hurricanes history on March 7, 2009 in Tampa Bay. Staal had two goals in both the first and second periods en route to a 9-3 blowout win over the Lightning.

Staal's four-goal performance was the third such in franchise history and the first since Ron Francis accomplished it with the Hartford Whalers on Feb. 12, 1984. That was an incredible 11-0 rout of the Edmonton Oilers, and two of Francis' four goals were scored in the first 3:50 of the game. The franchise record was first set by Jordy Douglas on Feb. 3, 1980, as he tallied four of the Whalers' five goals in a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders.

The franchise record for points in a game is six. This has happened four times (just once since the team has been in North Carolina) and it's no surprise that it was most recently accomplished by Staal in that same game in March 2009. In addition to Staal's career-high four goals he dropped on the Bolts, he also added a pair of assists.

Francis twice recorded six-point games with Hartford: he posted three goals and three assists in the Whalers' 9-6 win against the Quebec Nordiques on Oct. 8, 1989, and six assists in a 10-2 trouncing of the Boston Bruins on March 5, 1987. The franchise record was first set by Paul Lawless on Jan. 4, 1987, as he tallied two goals and four assists in an 8-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tweet from @andy25brown: @MSmithCanes How is Lacko's recovery coming? Any chance to see Altshuller again this season? #tweetmail

Eddie Lack is progressing, and that's a good sign.

Lack missed 14 games with a concussion from Nov. 22-Dec. 17. Then something happened and he again ended up on injured reserve with a concussion. He's since missed 12 additional games. But he's been practicing with the team for a while now, and that's a step in the right direction.

As with concussions, there's no definitive time table for his return, and one day at practice could be better than another. But the fact that he's now continually skating with the team is encouraging, and I have to think he's getting closer to a return. Considering he hasn't seen pucks in game action since Nov. 6, I wouldn't be surprised if to see him complete a conditioning stint with Charlotte before returning to the Hurricanes' lineup.

As for Daniel Altshuller, I don't imagine he'll be recalled again this season, but you never know. Injuries happen unexpectedly - Lack will be the first to attest to that.

Tweet from @Raleighcaniac: @MSmithCanes #tweetmail When are the @NHLCanes going to do a moms trip?

This has come up before, and it continues to be a topic of discussion. While there are no distinct plans for it just yet, it remains a possibility in future seasons.

These trips have continued to evolve over the years. The Capitals branded their trip this season as the Mentors Trip. The Sabres hosted a Parents Trip, where either a mom or dad could tag along. And even though this was the Dads Trip for the Hurricanes, there were still other family members in tow: a few brothers, a few sons and a father-in-law.

In case you missed it, this year's Dads Trip took the extra-large group from Raleigh to Columbus and Washington D.C. You can read all about the trip here, here and here, and you can watch all the behind-the-scenes video coverage right here.

Tweet from @berubay: @MSmithCanes bacon or sausage

Bacon, easy. Next question.


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