The Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Bruins in double-overtime
The Carolina Hurricanes dropped a controversial double-overtime early morning match-up against the Boston Bruins surrendering a 1-0 lead in the series.
This game was not by far the best game played by Carolina. It has to have been the worst performance by this team. Understandable considering they weren’t at 100% with both Justin Williams and Sami Vatanen declared “unfit to play” only hours before a puck drop that was delayed 15 hours thanks to a five-overtime game between Tampa and Columbus last night.
Add on a team that hasn’t played in just about a full week after stomping the Rangers, with a freshly returned Dougie Hamilton to the lineup and I just might excuse the results of a game that happened to drag into a second extra frame.
But with perhaps a bit more effort and perhaps some consistent officiating (we will get to that in a bit) this Carolina Hurricanes team could have extended their winning streak that extends back to March (if you don’t count the exhibition game against Washington) to seven games.
As it stands, the Carolina Hurricanes are going to need at least five games to move on to the next round. That means building upon the good takeaways from this game that allowed them to stay in it, avoiding the bad takeaways and perhaps learning from them, and praying to the hockey gods that the ugly takeaways do not rear their heads once again.