Hockey!

Sens in Raleigh on Jan. 18

It’s now time for the Ottawa Senators to visit the Canes at PNC Arena on January 18 at 7:30pm.

If you are interested in attending the game, you can get your CNNC discounted tickets using our CNNC Canes page: www.canesgroups.com/cnnc

This is a limited time offer, so get your tickets soon! (There is a countdown on the page.)

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes 11/21

A bit delayed, but here is our sports correspondent’s report on the first time the Leafs were in town. Enjoy!

It was an exciting American Thanksgiving Eve at PNC Arena as the Carolina Hurricanes took on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time this season. Curtis McElhinney started in net against his old team, his 7th start this season, a feat for a team that has three goalies in rotation. He earned the first star of the game for his impressive performance between the pipes.

The Hurricanes came out with the ammunition making a whopping twenty-nine shots on goal, a record for shots in the first period. They scored on two of their many opportunities, the first being a disputed play. Coach Mike Babcock called for a review for goalie interference on Trevor Van Reimsdyk’s backhanded goal, claiming Frederick Andersen was denied a viable chance to stop the shot after having his blocker knocked off his hand. The offending play occurred well outside the crease, the call on the ice stayed true and the Hurricanes got the lead. The barrage on Andersen continued and twenty-two seconds later Justin Williams scored his 100th Goal as a Carolina Hurricane off a centering pass from Calvin de Haan.

Late in the first, Toronto’s top goal scorer, John Tavares, a sentence that I am still getting used to saying, fired a shot straight past McElhinney’s blocker, pocketing his 14th goal and closing out the first twenty minutes 2-1 for the Hurricanes.

The Leafs held the Hurricanes to just three shots on net in the second period, all of which were made in the last three minutes of play. Taking the opportunity to stage a comeback, Toronto made plenty of solid chances, all of which were turned aside by phenomenal goaltending on the part of McElhinney. Toronto has one of the most terrifying powerplays in the league, but nobody told Carolina that; the Leafs were held scoreless on two powerplay opportunities.

The Hurricanes scored a beautiful powerplay goal at 12:15 in the third. Teuvo Teravainen kept the puck in the zone after a shot by Sebastian Aho broke his stick. The play was 4 on 4 as Aho skated back to the bench to grab a new one, but the pass from Teravainen to Michael Ferland found its mark and Carolina’s top scorer, Ferland, fired it before Andersen could get back in position.

Everybody can appreciate goals where Kasperi Kapanen proves he is no mere mortal. A pass from Brown connected and the puck was in the net before the Carolina defense could even think of recovering. Unfortunately for Toronto, Kappy’s goal was not enough to get them the momentum they needed to win and the Hurricanes pocketed two empty net goals to make the final score 5-2.

The Hurricanes play the Maple Leafs again tonight in what should be a great rematch with Michael Ferland back from a concussion and Auston Matthews and William Nylander back in the lineup for Toronto. I can’t wait to see everyone out there.

Leafs in Raleigh on Dec. 11

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be in town again on December 11 at 7pm. If you are interested in attending the game, you can get your CNNC discounted tickets using our CNNC Canes page: www.canesgroups.com/cnnc

This is a limited time offer, so get your tickets soon! (There is a countdown on the page.)

Vancouver Canucks @ Carolina Hurricanes 10/9

CNNC has a new sports correspondent… a Canadian on the ice crew at PNC Arena! She sent her report amidst the flurry of posts about the Canada Booth, so we held it until you could truly enjoy her commentary of the recent game.

The Carolina Hurricanes faced off against the Vancouver Canucks this past week in what proved to be another show of Carolina’s offensive strengths. The Canes brought their record to 3-0-1 with the 5-3 win, their best start since the Hurricanes relocated here in 1997.

Jordan Staal started the scoring out just fourty seconds into the first period with an unassisted shot down the middle, straight past the blocker of Jacob Markstrom, The Canucks answered minutes later with a long pass from Alex Edler to Sven Baertschi who outmaneuvered Curtis McElhinney with a faked backhand, tying the game at one. Brett Pesce scored his first of the season with 8:43 remaining in the period, from a similar location to Staal’s earlier goal, this time with an assist from Teuvo Teräväinen. Sebastian Aho extended his point streak to four games with the secondary assist. With 2:10 left in the first Michael Ferland caught a rebound and served it up hot to Sebastian Aho who made the one-timer goal, closing out the period 3-1.

The second was opened up fast with a beautiful goal from the slot by Bo Horvat, assisted by Baertschi. Not to be outshined by Vancouver’s promising first round draft pick, Elias Pettersson, Canes’ second overall pick, Andrei Svechnikov poked a rebound past Markstrom, his second goal this season, making him the first player born in the 2000s to score in the NHL and the first to score twice. Baertschi scored his second of the night, banking a shot in off Justin Faulk’s skate, giving the rookie, Pettersson, his sixth point. He currently leads the league in goals and points by a rookie with five goals and three assists.

Warren Foegle, another of this year’s top rookies, got the insurance goal in the third, finishing it out 5-3.

The victorious Hurricanes showcased their new postgame celebration, led by Ferland, charging the glass with a true “Storm Surge.”

Curtis McElhinney was 2-0, facing 22 shots in this game after being claimed off waivers from Toronto on October 2nd. He is currently 3-1 after this past Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Canucks in Raleigh on Oct. 9

The Vancouver Canucks are the first Canadian team in town this season, playing at PNC Arena on October 9 at 7pm.  If you are interested in attending the game, you can get your CNNC discounted tickets using our CNNC Canes page:  www.canesgroups.com/cnnc

This is a limited time offer, so get your tickets soon! (There is a countdown on the page.)

Seeking new sports correspondent!

CNNC is seeking a new sports correspondent! If you are a season ticket holder (and Canadian, of course) and are interested in reporting the results of the Hurricanes home games against all visiting Canadian teams (a few pics and a few words) during the 2018-19 season, please give us a shout! Use our CONTACT page to email us.

Many thanks to our retired sports correspondent for his years of great action pictures and game summaries.

 

 

CNNC Hockey Deal 2018-19!

CNNC and the Carolina Hurricanes have partnered up again this year to offer Canadians in The Triangle some discounted hockey tickets. 

 

The format has changed for this year based on a new approach to fill PNC Arena. CNNC will have discount prices for all the Canadian visiting teams plus other non Canadian games. The Hurricanes organization will only add the games into the CNNC Canes site  about two months in advance. Don’t worry! The site will eventually include the 8 games against Canadian teams listed below. As usual, you can purchase up to a total of 9 tickets directly through this site. Contact Brian Kapusta at 919-861-5452 for 10 tickets or more. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.canesgroups.com/cnnc 

 

Tue. 10/9/2018 Vancouver  7:00 PM
Wed. 11/21/2018 Toronto 7:00 PM
Tue. 12/11/2018 Toronto 7:00 PM
Fri. 1/18/2019 Ottawa 7:30 PM
Sun. 2/3/2019 Calgary 2:00 PM
Fri. 2/15/2019 Edmonton 7:30 PM
Fri. 3/8/2019 Winnipeg 7:30 PM
Sun. 3/24/2019 Montreal 7:00 PM