An energized and complete game from the Carolina Hurricanes led the team to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues tonight.
Six minutes later, David Backes tied the game on the power-play when all four of the Canes’ penalty-killers were on the same side of the ice, allowing the Blues’ captain to get open right in front of Anton Khudobin for a slam-dunk goal.
Alexander Semin scored on an empty net with 1:04 left to seal the game.
Tonight’s game was one of the best for the Hurricanes. They played a complete 60 minutes with a ton of energy and made it difficult for the Blues to get anything done in their own zone.
Jordan Staal only recorded an assist, but had one of his best games in a Canes uniform, hustling all over the ice and winning puck battles. One shift with him and Alexander Semin in the third period was especially impressive in the way the duo controlled the puck.
Anton Khudobin had another strong game, making 26 saves including some big ones to keep the Hurricanes in front. Winning the starting job from him will not be simple for Cam Ward.
Brett Bellemore had a tough game and not in the way he played. The defenseman took a couple of rough hits from the Blues inluding a highly dangerous one from T.J. Oshie in the first period. However, he continued to battle back for the Canes.
The Hurricanes had four powerplays in this one and while they did score on one, they can’t afford to not take advantage of those opportunities in most games.
The Hurricanes play the Winnipeg Jets next on Tuesday.