Monday featured a battle between the number one and number two teams in the Metropolitain Division. The Carolina Hurricanes fall 3-1 to the division leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
The scoring started in the first period as Tanner Glass charges the net and puts a rebound past Justin Peters. The goal was set up by a set play off a faceoff in the neutral zone. Pittsburgh executed very well and made it 1-0.
Carolina answered on the powerplay in period two. Tic-tac-toe passing from Alex Semin to Elias Lindholm to Nathan Gerbe ties the game at one on a five on three. It was great passing by the Canes, especially from Elias Lindholm, as he passed the puck from behind the goal line to Nathan Gerbe out front who finished off the play with a goal from the slot.
Pittsburgh would not slow down after the Hurricanes goal. Sidney Crosby sets up Chris Kunitz off a gorgeous pass from the right point down to the goal line where Kunitz scored easily on Justin Peters. The Penguins took a 2-1 lead after the goal.
The Penguins third goal would come off a Jayson Megna deflection past Justin Peters. Sidney Crosby had the puck in the slot, he put a quick wrist shot on goal, and Megna tipped it in passed Peters. The Pens would go up 3-1 after the goal at seven minutes and elevan seconds of the third period.
The Penguins would go on to win 3-1. Shots on goal favored the Penguins 29-21, Hits were 22-20 in favor of Carolina, and Pittsburgh won 32 of 57 faceoffs.
The Hurricanes continue to fail to produce offensively. In the National Hockey League, if you can not score, you can not win. And I feel like a broken record when I say, the stars need to play like stars.
Sidney Crosby is a top line player. He gets two assists tonight and finds his way on the score sheet at important times. Eric Staal and Alex Semin need to do the same in big moments of big games.
The special teams was a plus for the Hurricanes tonight. The only Hurricanes goal scored tonight was on a five on three powerplay, and the penalty kill was very good again as they shutdown the Penguins most of the game.
Justin Peters played well enough to get a win tonight. Peters competed and fought all night, but the offense could not back up the goaltending effort against the Penguins.
The defense continues to be very strong for the Hurricanes. They have really been able to shut teams down and give the team a chance to win hockey games.
The Hurricanes have to put this game behind them. They played well, but the players that need to score did not score. The Hurricanes stay home and play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
This will be an important bounce back game as the Hurricanes try to brake a three game losing streak. It’s time for the Hurricanes to break through and start piling wins together. They look like they are very close to doing that.