It looked like the Carolina Hurricanes could do it against the Kings and Blackhawks, but came up just short, but in last night’s game against the Maple Leafs, the team made a successful comeback, something that just didn’t happen last year.
In the 2012-13 season if the Canes fell behind by a goal early in a game it usually meant the worst was coming. The skaters wouldn’t push as hard and the Hurricanes would end up losing a game they could have potentially won.
This season things have been different, down by two goals in the third period? That means nothing to the Canes, who have made comebacks in the third period three times this season and have earned four points in the process.
Those points have helped the Hurricanes reach second in the Metropolitan Division, and while the season is still early, points mean just as much now as they do in March and April.
Before the season, I wrote how Kirk Muller needed a strong training camp and a good start to the season if he wanted to keep his job in Carolina. So far, I think he has exceeded the expectations.
He took the Canes from a team that gave up in the first period to one that will fight to earn a win to the last second.
It’s intangibles like this that makes a playoff team and if the Hurricanes continue playing like they did last night in Toronto, they’ll have no problem locking down a playoff spot later in the season.