2. Did the Canes Play a Tight Defensive Game?
No. Nein. Nyet. Ei. The Carolina Hurricanes played a relatively solid, albeit quite boring, 55 minutes or so last night. The penalty killers did their job well, and the Canes’ defense seemed to keep up with the Bruins on the whole last night.
Until they didn’t. Opinions aside about who specifically was responsible for letting the Bruins pull ahead in the waning minutes of the game, both goals were on the defense.
There isn’t much to say about this key. The defense was there until it wasn’t, and when it failed to show up, the tables turned immediately.
Great defense is great until it fails to show up when it is most needed. That isn’t to say that every single Hurricanes defenseman had a bad night; most of them played a pretty solid game, specifically Jaccob Slavin.
That being said, the Carolina Hurricanes absolutely cannot continue putting 7 defensemen in the lineup in lieu of an extra forward. But that is a whole separate discussion in and of itself.