Hurricanes Finally End The Winless Skid 5-4 Over Minnesota

Cindy BowlingContributor INovember 16, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 26:  Goalie Michael Leighton #49 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates during a pre-season NHL Hockey game at the Sommet Center on September 26, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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If I wanted to be negative I would say we blew leads of 3-0 and 4-1 but when you are just fighting your way out of a 14 game winless streak you find the positives.  The offense managed to score 4 goals.  Yes, Minnesota did too but Michael Leighton has seen very limited action playing behind Cam Ward.  He played well enough to get the win and came up big in the shootout.   Its tough to stay sharp without real game action.  Leighton has an opportunity to get a lot of action and get his confidence in net back.  He is competing with the newly acquired veteran Manny Legace.  Hopefully something good will come out of Cams extended stay on the injured list.  A confident, solid number 2 goalie that will enable coach Maurice to rest Cam occasionally when he comes back. 

It will be interesting to see if the Canes can turn things around.  The weight of the losing streak is gone.  Now it is time for the talent and character in the locker room to shine through.  This team is so much better than their record and needs to prove it on the ice.