--C Jason Spezza returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's playoff-spot clinching win in Long Island to be with his wife while she gave birth to their second child. Only problem is, he also missed the delivery because he got the call that she was in labor at 2:30 a.m. Sunday and he couldn't get a flight out of New York until 6 a.m., which was only 15 minutes before Nicola Spezza was born. Spezza considered getting back to Long Island for the 3 p.m. opening faceoff the same day but couldn't get a charter in time. "I'm not going to lie, it was a good day sitting on the couch with a new baby and watching the boys play the way they played," he said of the win. "It was a pretty satisfying day for me."
--RW Daniel Alfredsson has long been a fan favorite, but now he's being paid tribute in a different manner. As the Scotiabank Place clock shows 11:11 each period, a countdown in the crowd ensues until it hits the 11:00 minute mark. At that time, the fans start chanting "Alfie." Said Alfredsson: "It's kinda neat."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's frustrating, but hopefully all those bad bounces are out of our system." -- G Craig Anderson, after his team outshot the Hurricanes 39-31 but lost 2-1 Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.
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