Carolina Hurricanes: Takeaways from OT Loss in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 12: Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save against Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 12, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Vancouver Canucks last night in overtime by a score of 1-0. Here’s how they stacked up to our three keys to the game.

Last night’s game was frustrating, to say the least. The Carolina Hurricanes walked away with a point in the standings, but you can’t help but feel like they were robbed of a win last night. More on that later.

The Vancouver Canucks were blessed with absolutely phenomenal goaltending (and some shoddy refereeing) last night from Jacob Markstrom. The 29 year-old goalkeeper stopped all (read: most) 43 shots to earn a shutout win in overtime against the Canes.

Aside from the disallowed goal (which absolutely should’ve been a goal), Markstrom stood on his head and kept the Carolina Hurricanes off the scoresheet. Markstrom was on fire last night, stopping multiple breakaways, 2-on-1 chances; everything the Canes threw at him, he was on top of.

Petr Mrazek played very similarly for the Carolina Hurricanes, despite facing a much lower number of shots; Mrazek found himself alone on more than one occasion, and stopped all of those chances in regulation time.

Aside from the goalie battle that last night’s game ended up being, did the Carolina Hurricanes live up to any of our three keys to the game from yesterday? Let’s find out.

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