The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t start their Olympic break the way they wanted to as the team fell to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1 tonight.
David Desharnais tied the game 12 minutes later on a beautiful passing play with Rene Bourque. Desharnais passed it to Bourque, then slid behind the defense and took a pass from Bourque to shoot the puck into an open net.
In the third period, Desharnais scored his second when he beat Khudobin on a wrist shot off the transition game in the left circle.
Brian Gionta scored with more than two minutes left in the game on an empty net to ice the game.
This is not the way any team would want a two-week break to begin by losing the last game and having that on the mind for over 14 days, but there’s nothing that can be done about it now.
Scoring was hard to come by for the Canes as the team had to work hard to get the first one, but then couldn’t get anything past Carey Price, despite some prime opportunities.
Speaking of opportunities, they mainly came from the fourth line of Drayson Bowman, Riley Nash and Tuomo Ruutu, who all had two good games in a row. Each player on the line had over 13 minutes in this one, impressive for fourth liners.
That being said Bowman had three great scoring chances in the third and had he scored on one of them the game may have ended differently.
But on the other hand, it’s not the fourth line’s job to score. That responsibility is put on the top six and when those players can’t score it usually doesn’t mean success.
Anton Khudobin would probably like a couple of those goals back and while he didn’t play bad, he wasn’t able to do too much to put the team in a winning situation. However, the defense did leave him hang out to dry.
Another two points would have been great for the team as the Hurricanes sit five points below the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
The team now has over two weeks off before the stretch drive begins on Feb. 25 against the Buffalo Sabres.