Just like in the game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-2) fell to the Phoenix Coyotes (4-2-0), 5-3, but the more important news was the loss of an injured player. This time the injured player was goalie Anton Khudobin.
In the second period, Khudobin came out of his net to play the puck around the left circle, but slipped, fell awkwardly and tweaked something. The Russian stayed in net until the next stoppage, but needed help from Andrej Sekera and Brett Bellemore in getting off the ice.
UPDATE: Kirk Muller said he did not know how severe the injury is and Khudobin will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Cam Ward came on in relief of Khudobin, at a time when the game was tied at 2-2. The Hurricanes had a few defensive lapses that led to goals from Coyotes in the final 30 minutes of the game.
Tuomo Ruutu looked OK in his return to the lineup and was able to play on the first line at some portions. As Ruutu progresses he should rejoin the second line and help out more on the offense.
A lot of people complained about the referees in the game, namely the embellishment call on Ruutu, but then the lack of a similar call on Martin Hanzal on Sekera’s penalty a few minutes later.
While I agree that it should have been an embellishment call also, it can’t be an excuse. The Canes had plenty of power-play chances, but couldn’t put the game away.
The Hurricanes play next on Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.