Andrei Svechnikov elevates his game (and the puck)
Aside from Mrazek’s strong goaltending performance, there wasn’t a ton going right for the Carolina Hurricanes as the third period opened. David Rittich was stopping everything that came his way and it seemed that the Hurricanes would need to think outside the box to get anything past him.
As the minutes ticked away, one thing popped into Andrei Svechnikov’s mind: The Michigan.
With just under eleven minutes to play, Svechnikov skated the puck behind the Calgary net. With just enough time and space, he flipped the puck onto the blade of his stick and tucked it into the top corner. The game was tied and the second-year winger had scored a goal for the ages.
With blood in the water and the PNC crowd electrified, the Hurricanes were finally able to establish their game. With the Flames reeling, Tkachuk took a roughing penalty, giving Carolina their third power play of the game.
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Thirty-two seconds into the man advantage, Svechnikov fired a wrist shot past Rittich while Erik Haula provided a textbook screen. The Hurricanes were up 2-1, though a late penalty to Dougie Hamilton ensured that sealing the victory wouldn’t be easy.
Thankfully, the lead held up and the clock ran out on the Hurricanes’ October with the team posting an 8-3-1 record. Svechnikov’s second consecutive two-goal game placed his opening month stat line at 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 12 games.
Next up: the Detroit Red Wings.
What were your takeaways from Tuesday’s win? What are your projections for November?