The Carolina Hurricanes manage to stay alive in the playoff hunt for another day. The night belonged to the Eastern Conference team from the puck drop to the sixty-minute mark. Cam Ward earned his fourth shutout of the season with an impressive 42 stops.
“It’s nice to get rewarded with a shutout and I can’t take the full credit,” humble Ward remarks.
The Canes now reside two points behind the New York Rangers.
Staal provided three assists, bringing him 42 assists for the season.
Derek Joslin got the Canes on the board with his extra-man goal in the second period.
Calder Trophy candidate, Jeff Skinner, made a wicked fast wrap-around to gain another goal before the third period. The winger is the seventh youngest player in NHL history to reach 30 goals in a season.
Eric Cole claimed his 25th in the third to end the contest 3-0.
The only time the game stunk for Carolina was when Cole removed a decrepit octopus with his stick late in the third. Seriously, they had to smell something nasty.
Skinner told media after the game, “It’s relief. It’s excitement. It’s a lot of emotions when you get down to this time of the year.”
Add ulcers along with acid reflux and that sums the Canes’ playoff hunt up pretty well. The equally important Thrashers game takes place in Atlanta on Friday night.