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Carolina blues: Ellis hooked for second time in three games

Apr 6, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT


Earlier this week, ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford said he was “about as frustrated as you can get” with his hockey club.

Tonight, it’s easy to see why.

Goalie Dan Ellis was yanked after allowing three goals on 30 shots in Saturday’s game against the Rangers, the second time in three games he’s been given the hook for backup Justin Peters.

(Though technically, Peters is the third-stringer; No. 1 goalie Cam Ward was lost for the remainder of the regular season in March.)

(No wonder Rutherford’s frustrated.)

Tonight was the culmination of what’s been a forgettable week for Ellis.

On Tuesday, he allowed three goals on seven shots before getting pulled against the Capitals, a game Washington went on to win 5-3.

In his next game out — Thursday against Tampa — Ellis lasted the entire game, but was shelled for five goals on 30 shots in a brutal loss to the Bolts.

Tonight, it was back to getting yanked, and while Ellis got caught wandering on New York’s second goal, he was hardly all to blame.

Carolina looked awful defensively, gave up 30 shots through 40 minutes and allowed all three goals in a nine-minute span during the second period.

‘Canes head coach Kirk Muller might’ve pulled Ellis more as a wakeup call to his team than anything else. The fact this happened on home ice only adds to what’s been an increasingly frustrating year for the entire organization.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I wonder if they regret giving Semin all that money, because they desperately need help on the blue line. I can’t remember the last time they had a legit #1 defenseman.

  2. cameltoews - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    The rangers were just as bad defensively giving up almost 50 shots. If it wasn’t for henrik’s play this game could have turned out differently. The race in the East is starting to really get exciting.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Dan Ellis has proven over his entire career that he is not a starter in this league. Cam Ward is irreplaceable in Carolina, he’s the backbone of that team. When he returns next season it will help to cover-up their defensive deficiencies.

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