The Carolina Hurricanes had plenty of good moments to build upon.
Not everything in this game was terrible. If it was, this would have ended in regulation. Instead, we got to see some excellent players step up and show a tenacity that has become the central identity of the team.
Consider the three goal-scorers; Joel Edmundson, Brock McGinn, and Haydn Fleury. Not exactly the usual suspects night in and night out. But when the best players seemed rusty and not in the game, these three helped step up in various situations and keep Carolina in the game.
Let’s start with the ice-breaker goal scored by Edmundson:
This play starts with Dougie Hamilton who feeds it to Warren Foegele who has the insight to hold the offensive zone and wait for numbers. Aho receives the puck and drops it to his kin in the form of Teuvo Teravainen or further drops it to Edmundson. Eddy has the vision then to see Tuukka Rask slide out of position and he just rockets it into the net for the first goal.
My favorite score of the night, however, belongs to Brock McGinn:
The vision on the penalty kill by McGinn here is absolutely incredible. He sees the puck well, takes it down the ice and uses his speed and shows off some stick handling to dunk it beautifully past Rask for the second of the night erasing a lead handed to Boston by the boys in black and white (I promise we will get to them).
That showed the tenacity and survival of this team to fight another period. But none showed it better than Haydn Fleury with his first NHL playoff goal in his career:
Fleury doesn’t get this puck without some serious forechecking, and down by a goal halfway through the third, he also has the same intuition that Rask was out of position and just rockets this thing at the net and over the shoulder of Rask who never saw the puck coming.
These amazing things need to continue moving forward if this team wants to beat the Bruins over the next few games. But they also need to eliminate the bad takeaways from the game.