I know my fellow writers will have their reviews of the Boston/Carolina game last night, but this was one of the craziest hockey games I’ve seen in quite some time that I would like to give my quick analysis. This was an intense and crazy hockey game filled with a total of 94 penalty minutes between two teams, including four game misconducts, 3 total power play goals, two fights and a “I’m not going to waste my time with Tuukka Rask” in a pear tree.
The “melee” beginning with Harrison and Chara can be found below:
I have seen several terms tossed around regarding the way the Hurricanes during this game, including “sacrificing for the team,” “playing for one another,” “a gutsy effort,” and “disciplined.” Head coach Paul Maurice said of Tim Gleason, who decided not to fight Nathan Horton with about 8:30 left in the third period with a 2-0 lead, “I was really proud, especially of Timmy Gleason, because Timmy’s a tough customer and can handle himself, but that was for the team…” Either way you put it, it was one of those games that, if the Canes are able to reach the playoffs this year, we can look back on it as a “watershed” (Yes, I used a Trippism) moment early on for this team.
Both Sutters (Brandon and Brett) had amazing games. Brett was physical from the outset, including his hit on former Cane Joe Corvo in the first period and his blinded scrap with Chris Kelly. (You can watch it below). He also earned his first NHL point with an assist on the first goal by Anthony Stewart. His cousin, Brandon, had a strong game in all three areas of the ice, especially in his own zone. He only had 1 shot on goal, but played over 21 solid minutes and made great defensive decisions all throughout the night.
Cam Ward was spot on once again, as he made several key saves within the first minutes of the first period to stave off an onslaught from the Bruins. His final totals were 33 saves on 34 shots, or a .971 save percentage. During the last 3 Canes wins, his save percentage has been an astounding .942, allowing only 6 goals in those 3 games. He also showed discipline several times by not deciding to go with Tuukka Rask.
The Hurricanes are now 2-0-0 on their “State Fair” 4-game road trip (3-2-1 overall) and will continue their efforts against the St. Louis Blues on Friday and the team’s first trip to Winnipeg during the regular season on Saturday to take on the Jets. Check back later on in the week for game previews of each game.
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