RALEIGH — In 2005-06, the first year the NHL instituted the shootout to break games tied at the end of overtime, Matt Cullen led the Hurricanes to an 8-2 record in the skills competition, which helped the Hurricanes to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Since then, the Hurricanes haven't had quite as much luck. With Saturday's shootout loss to the Florida Panthers, the Hurricanes fell to 0-6 this season, surpassing the NHL record for shootout futility of 0-5, set by ... the Hurricanes in 2006-07.
Even Jussi Jokinen, a career 46 percent shooter who is tied with Pavel Datsyuk for the all-time lead with 30 shootout goals, missed Saturday. He's 2-for-5 this season.
The shootout, it goes lots with the confidence, Jokinen said. When youre going good, youre going good. When its not going good, you dont have the confidence and that confidence is always huge in the shootout.
As a team, we need to be better. I need to be better, goalies need to be better, our other shooters need to be better. No one has been good in shootouts -- not me, not the other shooters.
This year's Hurricanes still have a chance to get out of the basement, but for now, they're last on the all-time list:
Carolina, 2011-12* .000 (0-6)
Carolina, 2006-07 .000 (0-5)
Washington, 2006-07 .091 (1-11)
San Jose, 2005-06 .143 (1-7)
Pittsburgh, 2005-06 .167 (1-6)
Philadelphia, 2006-07 .167 (1-6)
Columbus, 2009-10 .200 (2-10)
Philadelphia, 2011-12* .200 (1-5)
Edmonton, 2010-11 .222 (2-9)
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