Carolina Hurricanes: Three takeaways from 4-1 win over Toronto

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on October 23, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on October 23, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JUNE 01: Jaccob Slavin #74 of the Carolina Hurricanes attempts a shot during the third period in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena on June 01, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JUNE 01: Jaccob Slavin #74 of the Carolina Hurricanes attempts a shot during the third period in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena on June 01, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Slavin domination

Jaccob Slavin is one of the most dominant defensemen in the history of the Carolina Hurricanes and at this point, this game against Toronto just goes to further express how fantastic the Colorado native is. He completely dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs talented forward core last night, shutting down one of the best centers in the NHL by doing so.

Slavin did commit a stick infraction for the first time in more than a season. If you were to fine him for every stick infraction he takes during his career, he’d still likely be a millionaire so to say it’s very uncharacteristic is an understatement. Yet, that doesn’t even remotely come close to explaining how dominant Slavin was in this game.

Not only did the alternate captain lead the team in terms of time on ice with 22:25, but also had 2 takeaways, a block, a hit, three shots, and two assists. On top of that, he was a +2, and while +/- is not the best of stats, it’s worth noting that. Carolina’s blueline leader was a very large part of why the Carolina Hurricanes were able to dominate this game.

With Carolina’s star defensive defenseman performing like this, it was a special performance from one of the most underrated defensemen in the NHL. Slavin always gets labeled as a defensive guru, and he is. However, people say that this almost to insist that he isn’t talented offensively, and I’ve been very guilty of that during my writing time at Cardiac Cane. He’s so much better than I think anyone outside of Raleigh realizes.

But that’s it for this game! Carolina wins again and improves to 5-0-0 with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carolina plays Boston on Thursday as they start their first back-to-back of the season with Chicago in town the following night. Until then, thank you for reading and for the 5th win of the season, LET’S GO CANES!