After losing Tuesday night, the Carolina Hurricanes put pressure on themselves by needing extra points before the Olympic break. They were able to do that tonight as they steamrolled the Florida Panthers, 5-1.
Alexander Semin scored more than a minute later a minute later when he scooped up a rebound at the top of the circles and beat an out-of-position Thomas.
The Panthers scored their lone goal of the game next as Nick Bjugstad put in a puck similar to Semin’s goal as he put in a big rebound at the top of the circles. However, Anton Khudobin seemed to have the puck, but it just squeaked through.
But the one-goal game wouldn’t
last as Brett Bellemore put a rocket from the point past Thomas less than two minutes before the period was over.
Jiri Tlusty scored his ninth of the season in the second, again on the rebound as no one picked him up after Thomas made the save.
Andrej Sekera scored the last goal of the game as he snapped a wrister from the point that found the back of the net as the former Bruin was screened.
Coming out and scoring five goals is huge for the Canes as offense has been hard to come by at times, but doing it against the Florida Panthers isn’t the most impressive either. The main thing will be to keep this going into tomorrow’s game to enter the Olympic break.
Khudobin had another strong game as he made 34 saves and is pushing Cam Ward farther and farther away from the crease. However, with another game tomorrow, it’s possible the Canadian native gets to see some action.
The fourth line had a great game and helped supply some scoring depth also by scoring the first one of the game, but they also controlled the game when they were on the ice.
John-Michael Liles left the game with an injury and did not return. Whether the injury is serious or not, he may not play tomorrow just to not risk it as the team takes a long break from play.
The Hurricanes play games like these from time to time where they just dominate, now it’s important that they continue that into tomorrow’s game against the Montreal Canadiens before they head into the Olympic break.