The Carolina Hurricanes players recorded a night of firsts in their4-3 win over the New York Islanders tonight. Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty scored their first goals of the season, while Ryan Murphy recorded his first power-play point. Tlusty ended up scoring twice in the game.
The Hurricanes needed Staal and Tlusty to start scoring and it’s a great thing that those two finally got on the score sheet.
Tlusty showed last season that he’s prone to score in bunches, so we’ll see if that continues over the next few games.
Staal is less of a scorer than Tlusty, so don’t expect the same kind of output from him.
The younger Staal brother’s goal came on the power-play off of a beautiful pass from Murphy that showed what the 20-year-old is capable of in the offensive zone.
Cam Ward also had a strong game against the Isles, even if the score doesn’t necessarily show that. The Hurricanes had a few defensive lapses at points in the game, but Ward was there to bail them out.
The three goals the 29-year-old did allow came on Islanders power-plays, something that wasn’t a problem for the Cane before the game started, but now looks like it is.
The second period proved to be an important one for the Hurricanes as they scored three of their goals and took control of the game, but they could have used a better third period.
After dominating the third period against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, it’s nice to see that they can do the same in a different period.
The Hurricanes now have a four-day break before playing the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.