The Hurricanes started off slow and couldn’t catch up as they gave up a goal early in the first period and late in the second, eventually losing to the New York Islanders 5-2. Brandon Sutter tried to get Carolina going at 3:15 of the second, with Tim Brent scoring about 3 minutes later on the power play. The Canes ended up going 1-for-2 on the power play for the night, while the Islanders were able to get four power plays, scoring on two of them. John Tavares is beginning to be a “Canes Killer,” registering 2 goals, 2 assists, a +2, with only two shots on goal for the game. Tavares led all NHL players with 22 points in January (9 goals, 13 assists in 13 games).
For the Canes, a lot didn’t go right. Cam Ward, who had been having an unbelievable January, certainly would like to have a goal or two back. Jeff Skinner was understandably frustrated towards the end of the second period as it was “hack a Skinner” day at the RBC Center. The whole team looked like they had been on vacation and it took a while for the team to recover. Granted, both teams looked a bit sluggish to begin the game, but the second period was extremely frustrating for the Canes. The Isles outshot the Canes 10-5 in that period.
There isn’t much about this one that hasn’t already been said, but here are some observances:
- After starting off horribly in the face-off circle (Staal was the only Canes’ player to win a face-off in the first period), the team ended up beating the Isles in the circle 55% to 45%.
- Kevin Poulin was recalled for the Islanders yesterday and the Canes made him look like a veteran. There were only 24 shots on goal put on the young net minder, but he was able to stop several of them.
- Eric Staal had a -3 even with an assist, but he was on the ice for both of the Islanders’ empty net goals. The only player who was better than even for the night was Patrick Dwyer (+1).
- Jay Harrison and Justin Faulk once again led the way with ice time, registering 23:03 and 25:10 of ice time, respectively.