The Carolina Hurricanes returned home to take on the Edmonton Oilers on Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, but the Edmonton Oilers defeated the home team 2-1.
The Edmonton Oilers got the ball rolling at 6:43 of the first period. Matt Hendricks won a board battle behind Anton Khudobin, and he threw the puck to the net. The puck bounced off Jay Harrison and Patrick Dwyer, and it went past Khudobin. Boyd Gordon and Justin Schultz got the assists.
The Carolina Hurricanes got a good bounce at 19:42 of period one. Eric Staal entered in the zone on an odd-man rush, and his pass to Jordan Staal got deflected in the air. Jordan Staal then batted it out of mid-air, and the Carolina Hurricanes tied the game at one. Justin Faulk got the secondary assist on the goal.
Justin Schultz blasted a wrist shot past Anton Khudobin on the power play to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 lead at 9:01 of period three. Ryan Smith provided a great screen in front of Khudobin on the goal. David Perron and Taylor Hall got the assists.
The Carolina Hurricanes fought hard against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon, but they fell 2-1 in a 2006 Stanley Cup Finals rematch.
The goalies were very good on Sunday. Ben Scrivens was fantastic for Edmonton Oilers, and you can say the same thing for Anton Khudobin for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Carolina Hurricanes were led by Jordan Staal. He played an incredible game, and he could have easily put three or four goals on the board for the Carolina Hurricanes. He had seven shots on goal, and he now has a six-game point streak.
The compete level from the Carolina Hurricanes was a huge upgrade over we saw on Saturday afternoon against the Boston Bruins. Unfortunately, the Edmonton Oilers won a few key battles that led to their goals.
The Edmonton Oilers did a great job at not letting shots get through. The Carolina Hurricanes put 30 shots on Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, but the Edmonton Oilers blocked 20 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes blocked 9 shots.
Even though the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, it was a successful Military Appreciation Day at PNC Arena on Sunday. The Canes did a great job honoring the USA’s current and veteran members of the armed forces.
Cardiac Cane also extends our never ending thanks to those who serve to defend our country.
The Carolina Hurricanes will travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night in a Metropolitan Division showdown.