It looked like the game would end the same way as the other games in April had for the Carolina Hurricanes. With the team coming so close to victory, but still losing.
But Hurricanes had something else in mind, ending their eight-game losing streak and earning their first win in April by beating the Boston Bruins, 4-2, on Saturday night.
Things finally came together for the Hurricanes who were playing better of late but could not earn a win. Justin Peters earned his fourth win of the season, made 30 saves and had a .933 save percentage.
Jeff Skinner also had a big game, scoring Carolina’s first goal of the game on the power-play. Skinner had a goal in the Hurricanes’ previous game after experiencing an 11-game drought.
Skinner’s goal also came after the Hurricanes’ had given up what could have been a back-breaking goal. Carolina was controlling most of the play in the early segments of the first period, but the Bruins scored first after Matt Bartkowski‘s shot was deflected into the net by Milan Lucic. Instead of falling apart, the Canes fought back and scored the next two goals.
Skinner scored off of an Alex Semin rebound shooting the puck by an off-position Tuukka Rask. Jiri Tlusty broke a scoring drought of his own in the second period when he received a pass in the slot from Eric Staal. Tlusty also shot to the stick-side of Rask to take the Hurricanes’ first lead of the game.
Just over three minutes later, Tyler Seguin tied the game on a breakaway goal after Semin could not get the puck deep at the Boston blue line. Andrew Ference poke checked the puck from Semin’s stick and passed it up the boards to Seguin, who shot the puck over Peter’s glove hand for his 15th goal of the season.
In the third period Joe Corvo scored the game-winning goal on the power-play, again shooting to Rask’s right-side. The goal was Corvo’s second in three games. Tlusty added an empty-netter with 29 seconds left to seal the long-awaited win for the Hurricanes.
The win should give Carolina a ton of confidence. The team desperately needed a win and while they are not out of the playoffs yet, it is unlikely the team makes it to the post-season. However, the win may give the team what it needs to string together a few victories in the remaining seven games.