‘Canes hope to come up smelling like LaRose

Chad LaRose tried to beat up six-foot-nine Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara a few months ago, but that didn’t quite work.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Chad LaRose tried to beat up six-foot-nine Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara a few months ago, but that didn’t quite work.

So once the playoffs started, the 5-10 Carolina forward instead turned to his quickness to outfox the NHL’s tallest player, turning a hustling steal of the defenceman’s lazy pass into the kind of goal that can swing a series.

Now the breakout player of the Hurricanes’ post-season run will be back on home ice tonight for Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals with the Bruins, and he’s looking to create more of the highlights that have made him perhaps the NHL’s most surprising point-a-game performer in these playoffs.

“I’m just ending up finding the back of the net here and there,” LaRose said Tuesday.

“I’m playing a role (and) I’ve kind of had the pressure to do that sort of thing. And I like that role — if I wasn’t producing, then it’d be a problem. Since they’re going in, it’s going well, and as long as we’re getting wins, that’s all that matters to me.”

With several of his high-profile teammates struggling with their scoring touch in the post-season, the high-energy LaRose has picked up the slack, keeping his career-year numbers rolling right through these playoffs and helping the Hurricanes even the series at one game apiece.

He had career-highs of 19 goals and 31 points during the regular season, then kept it up into May with a team-best six assists in the playoffs.

On the team, only All-Star centre Eric Staal (nine) has more points this post-season than the eight recorded by LaRose, who has been shifted between both wing positions and shuttled through Carolina’s line combinations.

“He’s one of those guys that everybody likes to play with,” coach Paul Maurice said.

“He’s excited about playing. He’s going to go work his butt off, so he’s going to make you look good. He gives you chances to score. He’s going to compete and say a few funny things on the bench. . . . As we’re moving the lines around, ’Guys, you’re playing with Chad today,’ (the reaction is), ‘All right, I’m playing with Chad today — that’s a good thing.”’

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