The Carolina Hurricanes went into Thursday playing 3 games in 3 nights with it all starting in Nashville. Thursday saw the Hurricanes put out the most veteran team during the exhibition season. The game did not start the way Hurricanes fans would like as J.P. Dumont scored a unassisted goal at 9:14 of the first period to give Nashville the early lead. The Hurricanes would come out to play in the 2nd period with 2 goals to show for it. First Patrick O’Sullivan cashed in on a break-away chance with the assists going to Zac Dalphe and Bobby Sanguinetti followed by a goal from Sergei Samsonov on the power play, assists to Eric Staal and Bobby Sanguinetti, to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. The third period would be hard fought but the only goal would be a empty net sealer by Erik Cole giving the Hurricanes a 3-1 win.
Friday night was almost erie as the script flipped almost exactly. The Hurricanes would be the first to get on the board on a 5 on 3 power play when Patrick O’Sullivan ripped a slap shot past the Nashville goalie making it 1-0 Carolina. In the 2nd period the Nashville Predators would tie the score on a bad play by Justin Pogge and David Legwand would cash in. Just under 5 minutes later Jordan Tootoo would rip a slap shot past Pogge on a pass from Matt Halischuk giving the Predators a 2-1 lead. Despite having a couple of power plays in the third period the Hurricanes would fail to tie the game and lose 2-1 to earn a pre-season split with the Predators.
Last night the Hurricanes finished 3 game set as the big question after his first preseason game Cam Ward was spectacular and earned a shutout. It was a big night for Jeff Skinner as he scored his first goal and the lone goal of the hockey game. Unfortunately there was a scary moment when Samsonov went head first into the boards after being tripped by Dustin Byfuglien. Samsonov was carted off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital. Luckily it was only a neck sprain and he was able to fly home with the team last night.
The Hurricanes are 2-2 in the pre-season with 2 games remaining in the North American pre-season. If the Hurricanes can finish strong it bodes for a good trip to Russia and Finland.