Hurricanes trump Capitals 3-2
Despite three extra-man opportunities for each team during the first period, no pucks made it past either goal line.
Jussi Jokinen put his team on the right path early in the second period with his first goal in 13 games, and a power-play goal to boot. Chad LaRose had an opportunity to increase the lead with a penalty shot, but was unable to get the shot off. It was Rosey’s 400th career game.
However, scoring wasn’t the only action taking place during the second. Eric Staal made a bloody mess of the Caps’ ice after taking a high stick. No penalty was called and the Canes captain let the officials know how he felt about the neglected call. Staal temporarily left the game for stitches, but the blood had spilled and marked Washington’s territory like a lion claiming his land. Ok, perhaps I’m still a little worked up.
Jeff Skinner fueled the Hurricanes momentum with an easy glider past Caps’ goalie Semyon Varlamov just a minute and a half into the final twenty. It was the rookie’s 27th goal of the season, and Bryan Allen was credited with the assist.
The Capitals were unable to gain ground for the remainder of the contest. Mostly to the thanks of our wall of goalie between the Canes’ poles. Cam Ward received first star of the game for his 38 saves.
J.Skinny was named second star of the contest.
The Hurricanes bench emptied in celebration and the flicker of playoffs hopes holds for another day. Carolina collected two points while stubborn 8th seed Buffalo fell to the Maple Leafs. Tuesday’s results put the Canes three points behind the Sabres.
The team returns home to Raleigh only to face the Montreal Canadiens, another team we have failed to conquer prior to this week. Nevertheless, we are breaking old habits this week. The Habs asserted victories in all three matches this season.
Tomas Plekanec (7 points), Andrei Kostitsyn (5 points), and Michael Cammalleri (5 points) have been impervious to Carolina’s defense in the past. Collecting the fourth win in this series will require our D-men to wrap a tight noose around the sticks of Montreal.
Hurricane players who previously brought a storm against the Habs are Jokinen (3 points), Staal (3 points), and LaRose (2 points). Throw in a dash of Skinner, Ruutu, and Cole for a well rounded recipe and BAM Canes live for another day.