The Carolina Hurricanes snapped their four-game losing streak last night with a massive 8-2 win at home over the Ottawa Senators.
The Carolina Hurricanes that we have all been missing showed up last night, in a big way. The Canes were on the tail end of a home-and-home series against the Senators, and managed to snap their four-game losing streak in tremendous fashion.
After losing four games in a row, most recently to the Ottawa Senators, the Carolina Hurricanes needed something to get the team going again, and last night’s game was exactly that.
This one is going to be a bit long, considering there were 10 goals scored last night, eight of which came from the Canes.
The Carolina Hurricanes opened up the scoring during the first period with their first shot on goal, when Warren Foegele managed to snap a puck on goal, that just barely leaked past Anders Nilsson and across the goal line. Foegele’s goal would be the first goal of the game, but there were still seven more to be scored for the Canes over the course of last night’s contest.
The next, and last goal of the first period, came from Martin Necas, who buried the puck after a shot from Jake Gardiner glanced off Vladislav Namestnikov and landed right on Necas’ tape with the yawning goal right in front of him. This goal was Necas’ 4th of the season, bringing his point total to 12, which has him firmly tied for 2nd place in points among rookies.
The second period saw the Canes pull ahead by quite the margin. Scoring during the 2nd was kicked off by none other than Sebastian Aho, who stole the puck at the Canes’ blueline while on a penalty kill, and snapped it past Nilsson on a shorthanded breakaway.
The Canes’ 4th goal came from Haydn Fleury, who was attempting a pass across the crease to an awaiting Andrei Svechnikov. The puck deflected off of Ottawa defenseman Erik Brannstrom‘s stick, and right into the top corner of the goal. Nilsson was pulled after this goal, and replaced with Craig Anderson.
The Canes’ 5th unanswered goal came from Dougie Hamilton, who rocketed a shot past Anderson from a beautiful pass by Teuvo Teravainen. The Carolina Hurricanes were off and running straight toward a shutout, but it would eventually be broken to close the 2nd period’s scoring when Petr Mrazek misplayed a puck behind the net that led to Ottawa’s first goal of the game.
The 3rd period was more of the same for the Carolina Hurricanes; Joel Edmundson fired a rocket from the blueline that bounced off the glass behind the net. Sebastian Aho was laying in wait on the side of the goal, and batted the puck into the net out of midair after it bounced off the glass to bring the tally to 6-1 in favor of the Canes.
The Senators would score just one more goal this game; a greaser that got by Mrazek after a short scrum right in front of his crease. This did little to slow down the Carolina Hurricanes, as Ryan Dzingel would score minutes later to bring the score to 7-2.
The final goal of the game came from Joel Edmundson, who notched 3 points (1g, 2a) in last night’s matchup, his first as a Carolina Hurricane. Edmundson fired an absolute rocket from the blueline that beat Anderson on the glove side.
Last night’s game was exactly what both the Carolina Hurricanes and us fans needed: a win. Not just any win, but a BIG win. Beating a team 8-2 that just took you to task a few days ago is no small feat, but the Carolina Hurricanes pulled it off. Let’s hope they can carry this momentum into their next game against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
Question for CC Readers: Which of the Carolina Hurricanes’ eight goals last night was your favorite?