1. Did the Canes Keep Up Offensive Pressure for a Full 60 Minutes?
Once they got the offensive pressure going maybe 25% of the way through the first period, absolutely.
The only problem is that Jacob Markstrom was in goal, and had an incredible night. Every single one of Carolina’s 43 shots on goal (minus the wrongfully disallowed goal), he stopped.
Now, about that disallowed goal. The Carolina Hurricanes were on the man advantage via a delayed penalty. Sebastian Aho shot the puck, and the refs blew the whistle as it crossed the line. Possession was not gained by Vancouver, despite a Canuck player ‘grazing’ the puck just before it crossed the goal line.
According to the (very green) referee, the whistle should never have been blown, and the goal should’ve counted; this wasn’t admitted until after the game, when it really didn’t matter anymore.
Saltiness aside, Markstrom still played a tremendous game despite the Carolina Hurricanes absolutely pouring on the offensive pressure nearly all night. Now, to focus on the powerplay. Or lack thereof.