Carolina Hurricanes: 3 takeaways from big W in Tampa Bay

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MAY 27: Martin Necas #88 and Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with teammates after a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 27, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MAY 27: Martin Necas #88 and Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with teammates after a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 27, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 27: Martin Necas #88 and Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with teammates after a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 27, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 27: Martin Necas #88 and Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with teammates after a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 27, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

Carolina’s hit and miss powerplay

I do not think I’ve seen a powerplay ever have a night where it fluctuates so much between good and bad as the Carolina Hurricanes did in this game. They were 1/5 and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on a beautiful set play with a perfect cross-crease pass, but they also had some… other adventures, and mainly in the 2nd period with the quick offensive line change.

Carolina had a five-on-three in the second period with an injured defenseman on the ice and a goalie without a skate blade. There were two sitting ducks on the ice for Carolina to expose and they just didn’t. It became a spinning like a hula-hoop around the boards and blueline. It was not exactly how it was drawn up in the locker room, but it works.

Carolina’s powerplay would find its deadly touch in the third when they tied the game, but at the same time, the Hurricanes had all the ingredients to win this game in regulation with the 5-on-3 goal that never came because of the ensuing chaos from the Tampa Bay net, to even the powerplays in the first. This game should have been out of reach by the end of 60 minutes.

But that’s it for this one. Carolina wins in Tampa Bay 2-1 in overtime to improve to 10-1 on the season. Their next game is on Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers back at PNC Arena with a 7 PM EST start. There will be a preview for that on Cardiac Cane here soon, but until then, thank you for reading, and LET’S GO CANES!

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