A Better Second
With the intermission a chance to regroup and 40 minutes left to play, the start to the second period was going to be crucial if the Hurricanes wanted any chance to get back into the game. Starting off a bit slow once again, it was Mrazek that kept the score at 3-0 with a few timely saves, giving the Canes a chance to get back into the game.
A little over half way through the second the Rangers would get caught with too many men on the ice. On what was their third power player of the game, Dougie Hamilton made an excellent play to keep the puck in the zone before finding Ryan Dzingel’s stick in the slot for a tip in goal. On the play Svechnikov would earn the secondary assist, extending his point streak to nine games.
Just as the Rangers did in the first, Carolina would strike again just 1:28 later. This time Warren Foegele never gave up on the play around the net, squeaking the puck past Lundqvist on what was his sixth shot on the game. Driving the net hard, Foegele followed up his own rebound to conclude a hard working, solid checking shift from both he and Niederreiter.
For a decent portion of the game Foegele looked more like the player he was in the playoffs last season. Often around in the dirty areas around the net, he had numerous quality chances only to be bested by Lundqvist. After some line juggling, he elevated his game even more, resulting in his goal. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Warren after a bit of a rocky start to his sophomore season.
The game could have been easily tied moments later if it wasn’t for Lundqvist robbing Martin Necas from a yawning cage. This statement seems to be very telling of every time these two team meet. Now 9-1 in his last ten against Carolina, Lundqvist has proven once again to be a Canes killer. With their solid push back in the second half of the second and throughout the third, Carolina had several opportunities to get back in the game if it wasn’t for the play of Henrik.