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SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd will receive all kinds of attention from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. But the 'Canes would be wise to keep an eye on Steve Covington, too.

Covington tied Ladd and the since-departed Lee Zalasky as the top producers against the 'Canes this season with three goals and an assist apiece.

"I looked in the paper the other day and I saw that," Covington said. "It was surprising.

"I guess I got a few lucky breaks against them or something."

Not likely.

Covington, the hardest-working player on the ice nine nights out of 10, earns every break he gets. If he had any luck at all, he'd easily double the 11 goals he potted this season.

But he can build on some success against the 'Canes.

"Any time you go into the playoffs and you've got some points against that team, it helps your confidence for sure," he said.

Like Covington, the rest of the Hitmen are at a loss to explain why they own a superior record (3-1-1-1) against the 'Canes this season.

GM/head coach Kelly Kisio wouldn't dare offer a theory.

"No idea," Kisio said. "For some reason, we played them better than we did Medicine Hat.

"But why we did better against them, I don't know, I can't answer that."

Centre Riley Merkley, who has been moved to the fourth line with wingers Darryl Moscaluk and Keegan Dansereau, can't quite put his finger on it.

"I'm not sure," Merkley said. "Maybe we just had some good nights against them. But we played physical when we did play them."

That's called hitting the nail on the head.

The Hitmen allowed a grand total of 13 goals against in the six meetings. Playing a tough physical game, Calgary was able to bottle up the Hurricanes' high-octane attack.


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