Carolina Continues to get on the Board First
One of my keys to this game was to get the offense going first.It continues to pay off.This time it comes off a goal from Teuvo Teravainen who finishes off a rebound off of Thomas Greiss from Dougie Hamilton. Sebastian Aho started the play but failed to be credit with an assist. That’s Turbo’s second goal of the season as he extends his point streak to five games to start the year:
This set the tone for the rest of the first period. While sure, the Islanders cashed in quickly on a power play, the Carolina Hurricanes managed to continue pushing offensively and take the lead on a beautiful wrister from Brett Pesce before the period ended.
The second period saw the Islanders once again cash in on a power play to tie the game up and give themselves the chance try and take the lead before going into the locker room. Erik Haula had other ideas however and figured he would force the game to Carolina’s favor once again. Just look at the tenacity of the former Vegas Golden Knight as he controls who whole play:
There was no quit in the team after that. Even in the closing minutes of the period the team kept pushing offensively to further secure their lead. That effort was rewarded when Nino Niederreiter gave the puck back to Dougie Hamilton at the point who just launched an absolute bomb towards the net.
The puck must have had eyes because the bevy of humanity between Hamilton and the net couldn’t stop it from going in. Even he was amazed that it actually went in. Just look at the joy of a team and its players who are reaping the rewards of a system that is actually working:
The third period saw the defense shut the game down and Andrei Svechnikov was the next skater in search of his first goal of the season to get a goal. Sure it came off an empty netter but who cares? That’s his FOURTH MULTI-POINT GAME IN A ROW. This kid is now on pace for a 131 point season. Now that is unrealistic but he has set himself up to be something really special.
That first goal has kept this offense rolling. You have to go to the second period against Washington THREE game ago to find the last 20 minute frame they failed to score in. Since then it has been TEN straight periods. Ten! This team is currently averaging over four goals a game. There are no flukes. The Carolina Hurricanes are for real.