It was only a 85-second sequence in a 60-minute game, but in a way it encapsulated the Canes' season.
With 1:35 left in the second period Wednesday in Anaheim, the Canes led the Ducks 1-0 as Jussi Jokinen controlled the puck near the offensive blue line and passed to an open Matt Cullen in the slot. The referee ruled offside. Jokinen was visibly angry when the whistle blew, believing the play was onside.
"The games are so tight and calls like that can be the difference in the game," Jokinen said today.
What followed was a faceoff, then another, then a Canes penalty, then a Ducks power-play goal, followed by a missed point-blank shot by the Canes's Eric Staal. All after the Jokinen call.