The Carolina Hurricanes came off the weekend break with a home game against the Calgary Flames. It was a bad one for the Carolina Hurricanes as they got shutout by the Calgary Flames, 2-0. Let’s take a look at what was one of the worst performances this season from the Hurricanes.
Mikael Backlund‘s second period goal opened the scoring. On a broken play, the puck bounced off a Carolina Hurricanes player and to the front of the net. Backlund took advantage of the weird bounce and put it through the five hole of Anton Khudobin. The power-play goal at 15:26 of the second period was assisted by Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman.
The Calgary Flames would put the game out of reach at 9:36 of the third period as Sean Monahan scored on the 3-on-2 rush. Monahan was left wide open in front of Anton Khuodbin, and he ripped a one timer past the Carolina Hurricanes’ net-minder. Paul Byron and TJ Galiardi assisted.
The Carolina Hurricanes got outplayed against the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Calgary came out and gave it all they had, and the Carolina Hurricanes looked like a total mess.
The offense was abysmal against the Calgary Flames. They had 23 shots on net, but very few of them were quality shots. They could not getting anything going against the Calgary Flames, one of the worst puck possession teams in the National Hockey League. Many of the Carolina Hurricanes’ shots came from the perimeter with no one in front of the net.
Anton Khudobin got his sixth straight start against the Calgary Flames. He played very well. He kept the Carolina Hurricanes in it for most of he game, but if the offense puts up zero goals, there is nothing a goalie can really do. The Carolina Hurricanes left Anton Khudobin out to dry all night.
Jiri Tlusty‘s first game back from injury was very good. He seemed to fit right in the Carolina Hurricanes lineup. He was moved up to the first line to play with Eric Staal and Alex Semin in the third period, and he played well in that role. Jiri Tlusty looked quick and sharp against the Calgary Flames.
Alex Semin is a growing concern. He can’t find a way to get pucks on net. He is a goal scorer being paid $7 million, he needs to be able to get the puck on net. He has struggled a lot this year, and he really needs to turn this around.
The Carolina Hurricanes are off until Saturday night when they take on the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes have a lot to go over until then. They have now been shutout in consecutive games.