The Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-2) held on for as long as they could against the Los Angeles Kings, losing in the shootout by a score of 2-1.
Perhaps the biggest news for the Hurricanes was that Elias Lindholm left the game with an injury twice. He hurt his shoulder in the first period on a hit, but came back. A similar incident happened in the second, but Lindholm did not return to the game.
Kirk Muller did not give an update on Lindholm after the game.
The game was scoreless through most of the match, with the Kings’ Dwight King scoring the first goal 13 minutes into the third period.
King scored shorthanded after Eric Staal made an arrant pass to Justin Faulk that bounced off the boards, right outside the Canes’ blue line, and finding King to send him on a breakaway. The 24-year-old deked to the right before slipping the puck between Cam Ward‘s five-hole.
The tie would last to the shootout. Jeff Carter scored the lone goal during the skills competition, earning Los Angeles the win.
The Hurricanes did not play an especially strong game, so earning a point should be looked at as a good thing. The team has also had a problem with shootouts in the past, so it’s not too surprising they couldn’t score.
The Hurricanes play next on Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Ward had a strong game after a rough game against the Penguins, making 36 saves on 37 shots.
Skinner continued his strong play to the season, scoring his first goal and giving him six points in five games.