Carolina Hurricanes Out Work the Coyotes But…


Carolina Hurricanes came out strong against the Arizona Coyotes with lightning fast play.

Much like the other last couple of games, the Carolina Hurricanes came out swinging.  Phillip DiGiuseppe played with a lot of passion and that was evident in this game.  The Canes were having a really hot start and just a few minutes in DiGiuseppe almost had a highlight reel goal but the shot ends up hitting the post.

The 2nd line of DiGiuseppe, Staal, and Teravainen had a great first period and basically showed us what a good offensive line should look like.  The first line of Aho, Rask, and Lindholm wasn’t far behind in opportunities at the beginning of the period especially led by Lindholm, who obviously got the message from a fussy Coach Bill Peters today.  Elias Lindholm has a good number of chances that should have found the back of the net but didn’t.

Arizona takes advantage of recent flaws in the Canes defense and found the back of the net twice in the period. There was some good news for the Canes and it came from strong play by the 3rd line when Lee Stempniak with assists by Slavin and McClement score off a faceoff to make it 2-1.

One thing about the Canes, especially with the Black 3rd Uniforms on, the Canes really have a great second period.

This game ends up being no different.  The Canes come out strong and before you know it with strong play Jordan Staal gets an easy one with assists by Teravianen, and DiGiuseppe.  One thing that I noticed is that Phillip DiGiuseppe in the last couple of game since coming back to the Canes

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really has made a statement about being with the team.  Scare thought that I had was with the possibility of DiGiuseppe being that guy the Canes have to leave wide open for the expansion draft.  This will be a tense time for all Caniacs who know and like DiGiuseppe’s play.

Back to the game, the Carolina Hurricanes and ‘Yotes, have a shaky midway point of the 2nd period and trade penalties for the most part with nothing eventful happening. The Canes penalty kill actually shows off a little with the weak play by the ‘Yotes.

One thing interesting during the 2nd is the play of the 4th line by the Canes, especially Derick Ryan, who in a way has been relegated to the line, but for the most part showed really good offensive prowess during the period.

Fans, for the most part, were excited for the 3rd period

In between periods, the Caniac Storm Squad made fun of the goal shortages by running around the ice with a shopping cart.  But that’s where the fun ended. The Canes came out for the 3rd and quickly went on the offensive much like the whole game.  This lead to the end of the good times when the ‘Yotes finally found their offense and took advantage of a more offensive attacking Canes defense.

In the end, the Canes, who outplayed, out shot, and had more energy than the ‘Yotes all night, found themselves on the disparate end of trying to pull off a comeback.  That was put to rest by Shane Doan with an empty netter with the Canes down one on a PK.  Canes drop a rare loss when wearing black.

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The Canes if graded on effort would be stringing together a bunch of wins and given an A for effort. The newly put together defense has played to expectations and we have seen fewer mistakes by N. Hanifin and R. Murphy to make Caniacs actually satisfied.  Cam, for the most part, looked good but just like when put in shootout situations, he just can’t seem to learn how to handle the breakaway.

The Carolina Hurricanes record in the black moves to 6-3-0 and they now go on the road for the backside of the home at home with the ‘Yotes.   After Pheonix the Canes head on to Colorado for a rematch with a team worse than them in the draft.  Stay with Cardiac Cane for more updates and information regarding the Hurricanes.