The Carolina Hurricanes only gave up one goal while Justin Peters was in net against the Vancouver Canucks, but it was enough as the offense couldn’t beat Eddie Lack and fell 2-0 in the first game of the four-game Western Conference road trip.
The Canes offense had plenty of chances as it controlled play at different portions of the game, specifically the third period. Carolina threw 31 shots at Lack, including 13 in the final stanza, but could not find the back of the net.
The Canucks only needed one goal, but ended up scoring on an empty net with 1:14 left in the game. Chris Tanev got the eventual game-winner in the first period when he fired a shot from the point that beat Peters.
Andrej Sekera broke his stick earlier in the play and could not play the puck, which resulted in a turnover in the Hurricanes end. Jeff Skinner gave Sekera his stick, but did so by leaving his task of defending Tanev, which gave the defenseman plenty of time at the point.
Skinner may be one to blame for the goal, but it’s hard to critique him on something he’s been taught to do since his early hockey days in giving a defenseman your stick if he breaks his.
Jannik Hansen iced the win with the empty net goal in the third period.
The Canes offense looked fine in the game and there wasn’t that many mistakes to take notice of on defense. Justin Peters played a strong game, recording 24 saves on 25 shots and giving the Hurricanes a chance to win.
This was a game that the team missed Alex Semin’s creativity. The Russian’s skill in the offensive zone would have been nice to have when the Hurricanes had control, but obviously he was not there and no other player stepped up.
Patrick Dwyer returned after missing a game and had a strong effort. He started out on the fourth line, but moved up to the second later in the game. Jiri Tlusty also had one of his better games of the season.
In his return to Vancouver, Manny Malhotra contributed as usual, winning 67 percent of his faceoffs and helping in the defensive end.
This was a depressing game for the team and Hurricanes’ fans, but the players will get a chance again tomorrow against the Edmonton Oilers. They can’t let this loss stay in their minds.