The Carolina Hurricanes battled the Calgary Flames on Thursday night in Alberta. In a tight game, the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Calgary Flames 2-1 in overtime.
Brian McGrattan opened the scoring with 2:11 left in the second period. McGrattan had an open shot in the slot after a physical shift, and he wristed one by Justin Peters to make it 1-0. The assists went to Lance Bouma and Paul Byron.
The Carolina Hurricanes came out firing in the third period. Jeff Skinner lit the lamp to tie the game at one at 11:10 of the third period. Tuomo Ruutu had the good feed, and Eric Staal provided the net front presence as Skinner ripped it past Karri Ramo. The assists went to Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Staal.
It looked like the Carolina Hurricanes would force a shootout, but the with 3.6 seconds to go in overtime, Chris Butler won it for the Flames. A late drive by Calgary ended with Butler wristing it past Justin Peters. The assists went to Paul Byron and Mikael Backlund.
The Carolina Hurricanes show once again that they are never out of a game. They trailed the Calgary Flames mid-way through the third period, and they came back and scored thanks to Jeff Skinner’s 7th goal in 9 games. Unfortunately, the Calgary Flames would still calm the storm in overtime and win it with just seconds to go in the extra frame.
The Carolina Hurricanes had a solid start in this game. The first period against the Flames was the best in recent memory. The second period was the problem. The Canes fell behind in the second period, and they were out shot 11-3 by the Flames.
The third period was a good one. The Carolina Hurricanes continue to prove that they are always in a game, and that they can overcome deficits in clutch fashion.
Karri Ramo played out of his mind against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames goalie made big time saves all night. This was a game the Carolina Hurricanes probably deserved to win, but Ramo stole one for the Flames. On the other side of that, Justin Peters had another great game. He has played extremely well, and that continued against the Flames. He let in 2 goals on 30 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes first line continues to be lethal. Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu have developed great chemistry, and they show no signs of slowing down. This line is starting to look like one of the more effective lines in the league.
The offense as a whole needs to finish. The Carolina Hurricanes had golden opportunities all night, but they could only capitalize on one. The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t score on great opportunities, and that was a big reason for the loss.
The Carolina Hurricanes should be pretty happy with their play tonight. They stayed in it the entire game, and they just came up short, but you have to beat the Calgary Flames. No excuses. This team is in a rebuilding stage, and you have to beat them. The Carolina Hurricanes are better than the Calgary Flames in almost all areas. Teams that go to the playoffs and do big things in the NHL win the games they should win. This is a game the Carolina Hurricanes should have won. While this isn’t an awful loss, it should be one that stings.
Elias Lindholm was injured in the first period of the game. No official word has been released on that, but it appeared to be upper-body.
The Carolina Hurricanes are now 0-1-2 on their Western Conference road trip. They will travel to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night to finish off the four game western swing.