Moments the Carolina Hurricanes would like to avoid in the future
Now I’m not sure if this was a result of early morning pre-noon puck drop, a late-night, or perhaps bad coffee at the hotel, but the Carolina Hurricanes did not show up on time and it showed on the scoreboard and the ice.
While Carolina scored once in each regulation period, so did Boston. Even if you include the overtime winner and the non-goal goal (soon, bear with me), each goal had two things in common.
The first is an out of position Petr Mrazek, who did not bring the same level of the game as he did against the Rangers but was also challenged a lot more. The second thing is an out of position defender. Joel Edmundson, Brady Skjei, and even Jaccob Slavin were each caught sleeping and the Bruins got to celebrate soon afterward.
The worst had to be the game-winning goal.
Brady Skjei lunges for the puck while behind the attacker by five feet. Joel Edmundson just puck watches as David Pasternak passes it across the ice to Patrice Bergeron who gets a wide-open net thanks to the fact that Petr Mrazek began to slide off the ice completely. He just left the net. I wish I was exaggerating when I say that he telegraphed his defense to the point of giving up the game.
This game was a loss at all levels. The good news is that there is still plenty of hockey left to play, it is a best-of-seven, and a marathon, not a sprint. The Hurricanes will have to dig deep, look at the footage, feel a little shame, learn from it, and come back tomorrow prepared to avenge the loss.
Perhaps we need to send a care-package of all their favorite coffee flavors and brands, Whatever it is the Carolina Hurricanes need to address their bad issues so that the ugly one can’t dictate the game like it did today.