Saturday night’s white-knuckle game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens was a well-played 4-3 loss for the Canes. Performing without their Captain on a back-to-back was no easy feat, but the boys played a determined game.
Jussi Jokinen continues to anchor the Canes with 21 points in 18 games. Jokinen converted a pass from Sutter (11) and Tlusty (6) to score with a wrist shot in the first. It is his 16th goal of the season.
Carolina had three power play opportunities, and they ended up just as that…opportunities. No results. Canadiens were without their main goalie, but Alex Auld came back strong after a previous disappointing performance against the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Cam Ward made his 22nd consecutive appearance and made 23 stops in Montreal last night.
Lars Eller, Michael Cammalleri, and Tomas Plekanes also scored for the Canadiens.
Paul Maurice responded to some challenging line matches after the first. Ruutu moved to the 2nd line between Chad LaRose and Jerome Samson. J. Skinny held top line center. The adjustments were positive. Maurice seemed pleased with Skinner’s performance.
“We may see him more at center ice. We may leave him there for a while,” Maurice remarked to News & Observer. “We have an expectation Eric will be back in the lineup for us, so we’ll reassess where we are with the lines at that point.”
Canes return home for a Tuesday match-up against the Florida Panthers. Panthers trail the Canes by eight points in the Eastern Conference Standings.