Apr 3, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) and teammate defensemen Jay Harrison (44) watch the shot in front of they Dallas Stars forward Alex Chiasson (12) during the second period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes Keep Their Playoff Hopes Alive As They Shoot Down The Dallas Stars

The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Both teams are desperately trying to make the playoffs, but the Carolina Hurricanes pulled away with a big 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

Scoring Summary

The Carolina Hurricanes struck first off a fortunate bounce in the second period. John-Michael Liles took a shot from the slot,  it deflected off the skate of Eric Staal, and it flew over Kari Lehtonen and in. Liles and Patrick Dwyer.

Justin Faulk made it 2-0 on the power play during the second period. Justin Faulk was set up by John-Michael Liles, and he blasted a slap shot past Lehtonen. Liles and Chris Terry got the assists.

Moments later, John-Michael Liles made it 3-0. After being set up with a great pass from Chris Terry, Liles fired it past Lehtonen from the right circle on the power play. Liles and Faulk got the assists.

Tyler Seguin got the Dallas Stars on the board at 9:44 of period two. After being set up with a beautiful breakout pass by Valeri Nichushkin, Seguin walked in a scored on Anton Khudobin. Nichushkin and Trevor Daley got the assists.

Riley Nash put the game away at 7:40 of period three. After Brett Bellemore ripped a slap shot from the point, Riley Nash sniped home a rebound on Tim Thomas.

 

My Three Stars

1st Star: Anton Khudobin – 33 saves on 34 shots, .971 save percentage

2nd Star: John-Michael Liles – 1 goal, 2 assists, +2, 21:18 TOI

3rd Star: Justin Faulk – 1 goal, 1 assist, 23:40 TOI

 

Game Analysis

The Carolina Hurricanes kept their playoff hopes alive Thursday night when they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 at the PNC Arena.

Anton Khudobin continues to write his incredible story. He made 33 saves on 34 shots against the Dallas Stars. I don’t think saying “he has been incredible” does enough, but he really has been absolutely incredible this season. Without him this year, the Carolina Hurricanes would likely be look at one of the first few draft picks.

John Michael Liles played his best game as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. With Andrej Sekera out of the lineup, he got an increase in minutes. He took advantage of it, and he was a true game changer. He tallied 3 points on the night.

The Carolina Hurricanes got off to another slow start against the Dallas Stars. They were out-shot 13-8 in period one, but they came back and dominated in the second and third period.

The power play was a huge bright spot from the Carolina Hurricanes. They played very well on the 5-on-4, but they struggled during their abbreviated 5-on-3 power plays. The Carolina Hurricanes went 2/5 on the power play.

Justin Faulk now has goals in consecutive games after his second period goal on Thursday. Jeff Skinner‘s 6-game point streak came to an end on Thursday, but he was a +1.

Andrej Sekera warmed up prior to the game, but he did not play due to an injury. The Carolina Hurricanes have not announced anything about his injury. Mike Komisarek replaced Sekera last second.

The Carolina Hurricanes have gotten points in 4 straight games (2-0-2). They are 6 points out of a playoff spot. They improved their record to 34-32-11 (79 points) with the win against the Dallas Stars.

The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at the PNC Arena. With 5 games remaining in the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes will likely have to win out to have a chance of making the playoffs.

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