3. Canes Finally Realize Hockey Games Last 60 Minutes
Okay, who finally broke down and told them?
The Carolina Hurricanes have notoriously played a bit lazily the past few games, usually after pulling ahead early on.
That wasn’t the case last night. The Carolina Hurricanes, in surprising fashion, managed to not only stick with the game for the full 60 minutes, but they also survived a late 3rd period onslaught, most of which saw the Canes down by 3 men due to an unfortunate penalty by Nino Niederreiter, and Jimmy Howard getting pulled in favor of an extra attacker.
All in all, the Carolina Hurricanes played a great hockey game on both ends of the ice, from start to finish. This is the type of game we all know the Canes can play. The most impressive part of all of this is that the Canes are managing to string together wins, and snag points in the standings without Erik Haula.
If the Carolina Hurricanes can keep up the pace while he’s out, they’ll only be setting themselves up for that much more success when he finally draws back into the lineup full-time.
In the meantime, let’s keep our fingers crossed that Andrei Svechnikov‘s point streak continues (he has more points than Alex Ovechkin at the moment, by the way), Martin Necas continues to make an excellent case for the Calder Trophy, and Joel Edmundson keeps using Bauer sticks. (RIP to his point streak, though).
Question for CC Readers: Do you think the Canes can continue the style of play we saw last night?