The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Washington Capitals in their final home game of the season. The Canes just didn’t bring the effort they needed against the Washington Capitals in their disappointing 5-2 loss.
Joel Ward continued his breakout season with his 24th goal of the year to put the Washington Capitals up 1-0 early in period one. Jason Chimera won a board battle with Jay Harrison, then Eric Fehr set up a wide open Ward in front of the net.
The Washington Capitals made it 2-0 half way through period two. After the Caps won a board battle, Jason Chimera got to the front of the net and patiently put the puck past Khudobin. Ward and Fehr got the assists.
Troy Brouwer made it a 3-1 game with under 40 seconds left in period two. Marcus Johansson set up Brouwer with a great cross ice pass, and Brouwer one-timed it past Khudobin. Karl Alzner also got an assist.
The Washington Capitals came out flying in the 3rd period, and Eric Fehr made it 4-1. Jason Chimera set up Fehr at the top of the near side circle, and he sniped it past Anton Khudobin. Joel Ward also got an assist on the goal.
Troy Brouwer struck one minute later to make it 5-1. He was able to lose Ron Hainsey in the slot, and he was able to snipe a one-timer through the five-hole of Anton Khudobin. Johansson and Tyson Strachan got the assists.
Radek Dvorak scored his 4th of the year to make it 5-2 late in period three. Dvorak was in the right place at the right time as he put a rebound past Brayden Holtby. Justin Faulk and Drayson Bowman got the assists.
My Three Stars
1st Star: Eric Fehr – 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots, 1 hit, +3, 14:09 TOI
2nd Star: Jason Chimera – 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots, 1 hit, 13:46 TOI
3rd Star: Joel Ward – 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots, +3, 14:27 TOI
The Carolina Hurricanes closed out their home schedule with an embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
The only line that really showed up at some points for the Carolina Hurricanes was the top line of Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, and Alexander Semin. Unfortunately, that was not nearly enough for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Eric Staal knows what people think of him, and he addressed it after the game.
“Whether people think that or not, I’m out there competing as hard as I can regardless of the situation.”
- Eric Staal
Whether you believe that or not is up to you, but I find that hard to believe at times.
Anton Khudobin was left out to dry for most of the night. The defense was a big disappointment for much of the game, and Khudobin was left helpless very often.
This was a very embarrassing and disappointing game for the Carolina Hurricanes. The fans deserved much better from the team in their last home game of the season.
I’m usually not an alarmist when it comes to the performance of the Carolina Hurricanes, but this game was completely unacceptable.
The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Detroit Red Wings in Hockey Town tomorrow night. Cam Ward will likely be in net for the team.