Justin Peters and Canes’ defense fought off a desperate San Jose team with minutes remaining in a close contest to win 3-2 Friday night. The Carolina Hurricanes have secured a point in their last six games. Confidence is at an all-time high and Caniacs are soaking it up like sunshine on a cold winter day.
It was an exciting first period against the Sharks for Canes’ young’uns Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk. Skinner nailed a difficult shot glove side of Thomas Greiss at 7:31 from a pass off of Jussi Jokinen. It marked Skinny’s 16th tally of the season. Three minutes later Justin Faulk scored a power play goal thanks to a stellar set-up from Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal. Tlusty extended his point streak to 6 games with that little play. It was Staal’s 7th point in four contests. It was Faulk’s 5th goal of the season. The 19 year old is making quite the argument for Rookie of the Year.
San Jose took two penalties in the first twenty minutes. Jamie McGinn sat for roughing and Greiss was called for hooking on Jeff Skinner. Shots on goal were pretty even at 7-6 in Canes favor. Justin Peters deflected a sniper from Joe Pavelski as the period came to a close to keep the lead at 2-0.
The shot attempts stayed pretty even through the second with 13-12, Sharks. Spacek and Samson provided the extra-man advantage for San Jose, but Canes prevented the Western Conference team from converting.
Boyle and Burns rallied in the third to tie the nail-biter game at 2-2. Skinner and Bowman created pressure behind the net halfway through the final period and brought the puck out to Jamie McBain. Bainer shot from the blue line and Jussi Jokinen tipped it in with regain the lead 3-2.
Peters was showered with attempts as the clock dwindled down (SOG 18-6 Sharks), but the Canes’ backup tendy swallowed pucks and helped Carolina win 3-2.
Kirk Muller and the boys have not given up hope as they continue to push hard in these last few weeks of the season. Personally, I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s Go Canes!