The Carolina Hurricanes are still winless in the shootout this season after losing 3-2 to the surging Anaheim Ducks last night in front of nearly 17,000 at the RBC Center. None of the Canes were able to get by Jonas Hiller during the shootout and Saku Koivu scored the lone goal for the Ducks. Justin Peters made saves on Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry while Hiller stopped Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal (who’s attempt rang off the post) and Brandon Sutter. Hiller made 32 saves on 34 shots while Peters stopped 37 of the 39 Ducks’ shots.
The game started out slow for the Canes as they were outshot 13-8 in the first period, but Jerome Samson was the one to get the scoring started as he took a pass from Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty and backhanded it past Jonas Hiller to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. Caniacs weren’t celebrating for long, however, as Luca Sbisa tied the game less than a minute later at 14:40 with a seeing-eye shot from the slot. Both teams would head into the first intermission tied at one.
Both teams picked up the pressure in the second period, with Jamie McBain scoring on the power play to give the Canes a 2-1 lead. Jaroslav Spacek and Anthony Stewart assisted on the goal. This was the only goal scoring of the period and the Canes were up by one heading into the second intermission.
The Canes took three penalties in the third period, including two delay of game penalties, and a Jeff Skinner high sticking penalty, which eventually lead to Corey Perry tying the game up at 2 after he batted a rebound in the air and put the puck past Justin Peters on the power play. It was all the Ducks in the overtime session, as they outshot the Canes 5-1 in the extra frame, but Justin Peters stood tall and was able to bring his team to the shootout. The Ducks went 1-3 in the shootout while the Canes went 0-3.
- Shots on goal for the game were 37-32 in favor of the Ducks, even though the Canes outshot the Ducks during 5-on-5 play.
- As mentioned before, the Canes were whistled several times tonight, including three delay of game penalties.
- Carolina had the edge in the face-off circle, with a 57%-43% advantage. Jussi Jokinen had a great night in the circle, going 10-1. Brandon Sutter went 8-7 and Eric Staal went 9-9.
- To the surprise of just about no one, Justin Faulk led in ice-time with 25:52. Anthony Stewart had the lowest ice-time with 8:18.
The Canes are back in action with one of the biggest games of the season against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Make sure to check back for our game preview!