2nd Period Takeaways
This period was absolutely dominated by the Hurricanes. This is where they took full control of this hockey game. The Hurricanes were resilient in doing so being down two forwards. In addition to the Svechnikov injury, Micheal Ferland was also out for the game with an upper body concern. They had to gut out the final two periods with only 10 forwards and they were more than capable of doing so.
This was pure offense and lock down defense. The Hurricanes outshot the Washington Capitals 18 to 1 in the second period alone. Petr Mrazek didn’t even have to do a thing this period as the Hurricanes were in all out-attack mode in the offensive zone. Generating scoring chances and fore checks that were physical and stifling for a Capitals team that seemed outmatched.
Foegele scored another goal and continued to be a force for the Hurricanes offense. He continued to work in the dirty areas and was constantly in front of Braden Holtby, trying to take away his eyes from the puck. Foegele showed what he is able to do in big time situations and what his future holds as a member of the Hurricanes. The net front presence of Foegele showed most when…
Dougie Hamilton broke through on the power play to extend the Hurricanes lead to 3-0. The crowd was absolutely into it and you can tell the Hurricanes were strengthening off of it. They completely used home ice to their advantage, by playing a very physical game in which the Hurricanes led by a significant margin in hits (52-34 for the game).