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McBain's first goal a winner

The Canes don't have any quit in them, do they?

Trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 late in the third period today at Mellon Arena, the Canes tied the score on a Joni Pitkanen goal with four minutes left.

Think that was dramatic? Jamie McBain then wins it 3-2 with a slapper from the high slot with nine-tenths of a second remaining in overtime. McBain's first NHL goal beat the defending Stanley Cup champions. 

"It's an unbelievable feeling," McBain said. "Something like that, you hope it will happen and you never know when it will happen. You dream about it since you're a little kid.

"To be in this kind of game, in this kind of atmosphere, against of the top teams in the leagie, to have an overtime winner with not much time left in overtime is a pretty special feeling."

Harrison says McBain's poise will help him

Jamie McBain should feel at ease in the Canes' locker room tonight. After all, it may look a lot like the Albany River Rats' room.

Around the defenseman will be Jay Harrison and Brett Carson, Patrick Dwyer and Zach Boychuk, not to mention Brandon Sutter. All were with the Rats at some point this season.

Harrison, recalled by the Canes on March 3, played a nice chunk of the season with McBain in the AHL and believes McBain is more than ready.

"It's great to see him get his first opportunity," Harrison said of McBain, who is expected to make his NHL debut tonight against the Boston Bruins. "It's probably the first of many, because he's such a talented young player and he's been playing well down there."

McBain recalled but Gleason should play

When defenseman Tim Gleason missed today's morning skate and the Canes recalled Jamie McBain from Albany (AHL), it seemed to be a clear indication Gleason would not play against the Bruins tonight.

Not so, coach Paul Maurice said.

"He's probably going to play tonight," Maurice said. "We expect him to play but we are going to call up McBain, just in case -- an insurance policy. And then there's also the chance we may play him."

McBain a finalist for Hobey Baker

Hurricanes prospect Jamie McBain has been named one of the 10 finalists for the 2009 Hobey Baker Award given to the nation's top college hockey player.

A junior defenseman at Wisconsin, McBain was named WCHA player of year. He has 36 points in 38 games (7 goals, 29 assists) — second in the nation in points by a defenseman. McBain has 24 of power-play points, fourth-best in the country.

The three finalists will be named April 2 and the Hobey Baker Award winner April 10 during the NCAA Frozen Four.

30 seconds with Jamie McBain

With all the fuss over recent draft picks Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe and soon-to-be Hurricanes fourth-line center Brandon Sutter, Jamie McBain has kind of slipped through the cracks this week.

Conditioning camp starts Wednesday

Don't forget: The on-ice portion of this week's prospect conditioning camp starts at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the RecZone.

They'll be out there Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well. That group includes Brandon Sutter, Jamie McBain, Zach Boychuk and seven others who will get a crash course in Canes trainer Pete Friesen's lofty fitness expectations.

Michael Leighton is also a possibility to participate, harkening back to a different goalie at a different prospect conditioning camp. In August 2001, after taking a year off of hockey, a 36-year-old Tom Barrasso celebrated his return to the NHL by outrunning a bunch of kids almost 20 years his junior on the track at Cardinal Gibbons.


New times for conditioning camp ice sessions

The previously posted RecZone ice times for next week's prospect conditioning camp have been changed.

Carolina's prospects will now be on the ice from 4:45-5:45 p.m. each day, Wednesday through Saturday.

Four top prospects in town next week

Fans can get a look at four of the Hurricanes' blue-chip prospects during their annual conditioning camp, which starts next week and runs through July 12.

Brandon Sutter, the Hurricanes' first-round pick in 2007 and their expected fourth-line center this season, headlines a group that also includes Wisconsin defenseman Jamie McBain, 2008 first-round pick Zach Boychuk and 2008 second-round pick Zac Dalpe.

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