3. Did the Carolina Hurricanes Show Patience?
Yes, indeed, they did. Sebastian Aho recorded his 3rd career hat trick, and posted his first ever five-point game with 3 goals and 2 assists last night.
Aho, alongside Teuvo Teravainen, showed tremendous patience last night, in both setting up and finishing plays and offensive opportunities in their offensive zone.
One play in particular, between Teravainen and Aho, was an incredibly precise and is easily one of the prettiest passing plays the Canes have managed to put together this season; this play led to Aho’s first goal of the game (Carolina’s 3rd of the evening), which is seemingly where the air got let out of Minnesota’s sails.
Mats Zuccarello scored four minutes or so after Aho’s first goal, but the Wild looked tired and beaten even up to that point.
Aho managed to score another beauty, again set up by Teravainen, and scored the empty netter shorthanded in the 3rd period to put the nail in the coffin, and fully secure the win over the Minnesota Wild at home on Star Wars Night, all because he and his linemates had the patience to wait for the right opportunities and capitalize on them when they materialized.
The Carolina Hurricanes had an incredible outing last night, and it was definitely a fitting game for the Bunch of Jedi to win by such a large margin on Star Wars Night. Let’s hope the momentum continues and follows the Canes on their upcoming five-game road trip.
Question for CC Readers: What was your favorite moment from last night’s matchup?