Ron Francis: Hurricanes' Quest for the Cup

Ron Francis, whose jersey was retired by the Hurricanes earlier this year after a 23-year hockey career, will blog exclusively for WRAL.com about the 'Canes bid for the Stanley Cup.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mom's Day at the RBC

Alright then, where do we start? I guess we could talk about the 11 penalties, or getting beat on the special teams. Or, we could talk about the fact that the bounces didn't go the Canes way today. But to me, I thought that NJ was the better team today. They seemed to be quicker than the Canes, who didn't bring their "A" game to the Meadowlands today. I have to think that part of the problem was the fact that the Canes spent the last 2 days sitting around in their hotel waiting for the game to be played. But whatever the reason was, it was one of those days. The key is not what happened today, but rather being able to put that game out of your mind and refocus on what is ahead. With the short time in between games, there will not be much time to address things on the ice so you can be sure the coaches will be reviewing tape on the flight to Raleigh, and expressing the changes needed in meetings tomorrow. For the Canes the short turn around is both good and bad. Although they still have a solid hold on the series, NJ has the momentum from the last game and there is not a lot of time for them to regroup before they are back on the ice for game 5. But, any time you lose like that you want to get back on the ice as soon as possible to try and change things and the Canes don't have to wait long for that chance. I would expect Cam Ward to be back in net tomorrow and I would also expect to see a hungrier Canes team step onto the ice with a mission to close this series out. You don't want to go back to NJ for a game 6. Also, Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's and remember, it's not ever year you get to spend "your day" tailgating at the RBC. Enjoy!!!

17 Comments:

  • At 5/13/2006 9:14 PM, Blogger Rick said…

    Thanks, Ron, for the great perspective and insight in a somewhat disappointing even ugly loss. If you read an earlier post (comment) I made on your blog, I indicated I felt the one thing that seem to de-rail the Canes game more than anything: getting beat up physically. I know from the beginning of this game, the Devils were much more physical, indeed there was not even a comparison! It seemed the Canes just didn't have any energy to finish checks much less inflict some punishing hits. And the Devils on the other hand seemed determined to punish every Cane on the ice (ask Adams)! Like you observed, it was just one of those days or games. And the most important thing now is to forget it, at least put the loss behind them, learn whatever from this, and move ahead to win this series at home!

     
  • At 5/13/2006 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I for one was kind of looking forward to a game at the RBC Center tomorrow! LETS GO CANES!!

     
  • At 5/13/2006 9:30 PM, Blogger Mikeyusmc said…

    Was at the Ale House tonight and I have to say the energy there was great. You can't expect your team to win them all but you can hope. There was some good calls and bad call in tonights game but that was the game. You have to go with what happens and keep moving forward. I myself will be looking forward to the Canes winiing the series in front of the home fans tomorrow. Thanks again Ron for your insights. Go Canes!!!

     
  • At 5/13/2006 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    quick thought....sweeps are hard to come by, and before game 1 ever began, no one really thought this series would have been over in 4. if the canes were going to lose, i say better to get demolished where the game is basically over early (i realize you NEVER quit, but still, 5-0 is tough to come back on) as opposed to losing a tough 4-3 or even worse, in OT...reason being is, yes the devils have some momentum from winning, but i honestly believe that if they had won this game in OT, they would have been going crazy, jumping all over the ice, while the canes would have been stunned, and get on the plane still stunned. Instead, the devils knew they had won long before the game was over. The canes knew they had lost (most likely). so, yes you are still bummed, but you get on the plane heading home already accepting it, as opposed to getting on the plane with the shock that losing in OT can bring. i hope this makes sense. I guess all i am trying to say is if you are going to lose, might as well get killed. In my opinion, the devils, while excited with the win, did not get as much momentum with this win as they would have gotten with a shocking OT or last second win. Look for the canes to advance tomorrow to face who knows...as i type, 33.7 seconds left in buff-ott, tied 2-2.

     
  • At 5/13/2006 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    quick thought....sweeps are hard to come by, and before game 1 ever began, no one really thought this series would have been over in 4. if the canes were going to lose, i say better to get demolished where the game is basically over early (i realize you NEVER quit, but still, 5-0 is tough to come back on) as opposed to losing a tough 4-3 or even worse, in OT...reason being is, yes the devils have some momentum from winning, but i honestly believe that if they had won this game in OT, they would have been going crazy, jumping all over the ice, while the canes would have been stunned, and get on the plane still stunned. Instead, the devils knew they had won long before the game was over. The canes knew they had lost (most likely). so, yes you are still bummed, but you get on the plane heading home already accepting it, as opposed to getting on the plane with the shock that losing in OT can bring. i hope this makes sense. I guess all i am trying to say is if you are going to lose, might as well get killed. In my opinion, the devils, while excited with the win, did not get as much momentum with this win as they would have gotten with a shocking OT or last second win. Look for the canes to advance tomorrow to face who knows...as i type, buff-ott going to OT.

     
  • At 5/13/2006 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This mom will be tailgating at the RBC. Go Canes!

     
  • At 5/13/2006 10:19 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    I'm also expecting to see Ward in net tomorrow. He's the horse that got us here.

    If we win, it'll be Buffalo. Good game there tonight.

     
  • At 5/13/2006 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok, we gave Brodeur his nice little day off - maybe he'll quit whining now. Time to start making him miserable again. Let's get back to "Whatever it Takes". Go Canes!

     
  • At 5/13/2006 10:50 PM, Blogger SFC Ken said…

    I don't know, I just had a feeling that this wasn't going to be a good night for the Canes. We all knew the Devil's were a better team tha what they were playing, but, I really think we can win this series.

    Seems like the Canes just don't like to take time off. They didn't play their game today and were giving the puck away way too many times.

    I understand why coach pulled Cam, but I was really hoping he'd get his 8th straight win as a rookie.

    I hope all you bloggers will be rocking the RBC center tomorrow, I'll there in spirit over here.

    I agree with Mr. Francis, they need to close it out tomorrow and as he put it a few blogs ago "get 'er done"

     
  • At 5/14/2006 12:56 AM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    Despite the horrible result of Game Four, your comments were on the mark as usual, Mr. Francis. :)

    I cannot help but feel that the extra day off may have thrown the Canes out of tempo...something I hope was a Game Five only deal. That said, I'm not exactly fond of the back-to-back playoff games...which seem to be either a new or just more common thing these playoffs.

    But, the Canes are lucky in that they're getting to return to Raleigh AND a crowd that should be much louder than what Joysey had to offer. And if the crowd (the largest ever(!!), I read somewhere) at the airport yesterday evening was/is any indication, the RBC will be cookin'...and just like SFC Ken, I shall be there in spirit.

    Who should start in net tomorrow? I'd go with Cam...he has been hot other than Game Four. AND, I think the majority of the goals he allowed in that were more the defense's fault than his own. Heck, despite being pulled, one could argue that Wardo was the best looking Cane on the ice yesterday...

    Here's to the Canes Gittin' R Done for not only the Caniac Nation, but also all mothers throughout it.

     
  • At 5/14/2006 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    now people will see the real Devils play (finally!)...cant believe they scheduled a game on mothers day....let the ticket gouging and outrageous food/drink prices continue away!...

     
  • At 5/14/2006 10:52 AM, Blogger rmmeli said…

    A tough loss - beaten up by a team who played in a physical manner that was unmatched by the Canes. Hopefully they can close the series today.

     
  • At 5/14/2006 12:34 PM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Who let Scott Stevens out to cause
    such trouble ?! That game had his hand prints all over it !Put him back under the rock !(or wherever he's been keeping himself) Honestly ,this was the Devils team I was afraid of ! I hope they got that out of their system !!
    Hang in there -and stay out of the box !! They played us like a fiddle !!
    It was just one game -put it aside -and come out smokin'!
    The Canadian connection will be watching -just waiting to get the smirk off #1 Jersey fan's face!
    After all it is Mother's Day !

     
  • At 5/14/2006 4:45 PM, Blogger canesguy said…

    Ugly, ugly, ugly - that game is OVER and it is time for the REAL Carolina Hurricanes to return to the ice. I think most of us (myself included) had some bad vibes going into Game 4. Today I have nothing but good vibes and I am looking forward to another "Mothers Day Massacre" at the RBC Center tonight. 2002 - Game 5 of the 2nd round - Canes 5, Habs 1 - that'll work. GO CANES!

     
  • At 5/14/2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ron
    thanks for the great insight into the series. i've enjoyed it. i am tanner jones'dad. tanner played with michael in kids hockey a few years ago. tell him tanner says hello and happy mothers day to Mary Lou... please don't post

    mark jones
    trouthooker2@earthlink.net

     
  • At 5/14/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger Old Soo Goalie said…

    Thanks RF for your thoughts,

    You and I played against each other at the McMeeken prior to you going to Soo Peewee Arena when we were 10 or 11. I am a goalie and My memory is you at that age coming over the blue line letting a slap shot go, which I caught and the glove and all going into the net. You moved up the next year.

    Whalers and Canes fan ever since. My wife now works in the US with Blue Cross Blue Sheild NC and I'm in Durham every three months. I've played golf with a Real Estate Agent (F) in WF last fall who knows you and I would like to say HI some time.

    Cheers to the Canes, Home Boy !!!

     
  • At 5/14/2006 10:25 PM, Anonymous Kevin from Lexington,NC said…

    I'll be in Buffalo the weekend Carolina play's Buffalo,I'm a Canes fan but my future wife(June 17th 2006) is from Buffalo and will be surrounded by her family.Just want to say what a awsome year and keep on winning.

     

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