2. Did the Canes Get Consistent Goaltending?
Again, short answer? Yes. James Reimer was a huge reason why the Carolina Hurricanes managed to walk away with another tally in the win column. Long answer? The Carolina Hurricanes play an entirely different game in front of him, and it really showed this afternoon.
James Reimer notched his 3rd win as a Carolina Hurricane today, and did so in tremendous fashion. Although Reimer was scored on 3 times, the first two were absolutely not his fault; the first was a goal placed by him by Luke Kunin right in front of the net.
The second goal came from Zach Parise, who managed to put a rebound past Reimer. To be fair, Reimer made a tremendous first stop on his own against Parise, but wasn’t able to get a handle on the rebound. Keep in mind Parise was entirely on his own right on Reimer’s doorstep.
The third goal was a bit iffy; former Carolina Hurricane Victor Rask made a play along the sideboards, and found Carson Soucy across the ice. Soucy was relatively unmarked, and deftly snapped the shot past Reimer for the game-tying goal, which was also Soucy’s first NHL goal.
All in all, Reimer had an incredible game today. The amount of 2-on-1 chances the Canes gave up to Minnesota that Reimer then had to contend with was staggering. Reimer stood tall on every penalty kill, and even made two incredible goal-line saves during the 3rd to keep the game tied and the Canes in it. Now, to talk about the Canes’ powerplay (or lack thereof).