The Qualifying Round continued the legend of the Carolina Hurricanes
Although I wrote about how the top line of Sebastian Aho, Tuevo Teravainen, and Andrei Svechnikov had struggled through several slumps during the regular season, the Qualifying Series against the Rangers has only cemented the status of this line as one of the best in the NHL.
Andrei Svechnikov pulled off the first hat trick in Canes’ playoff history in Game 2 on Tuesday. Quietly, Sebastian Aho gained five points in two games and then wowed Caniacs as he led the Canes to victory with two goals and one assist in game three. Tuevo Teravainen gave the Hurricanes the equalizer in game three and also assisted Aho for an additional point.
Other offensive standouts include the aforementioned Sami Vatanen, who showed his excellence as a duel threat player with three assists. Defenceman Brady Skjei also gained a point with an excellent shot from outside of the blue line that was tipped in by Warren Foegle.
With this scoring foundation, the Carolina Hurricanes have set themselves up for a prime position in the first round. Some notable Canes remain off of the scoreboard, including Captain Jordan Staal, veteran Justin Williams, and newly acquired forward Vincent Trocheck. If these players can increase their production, the offensive scoring depth will match the depth of the defense.