King of the Jungle bails Canes out
Carolina managed to get perhaps the best NHL performance ever seen from Alex Lyon in this one. A great guy, Lyon showed a lot of poise and maturity between the pipes. His lateral movement and ability to read the game and know what the next move is really paid dividends for the Canes tonight. He was the 3rd star in this game and thoroughly deserved it.
Carolina’s goaltender on this night put in as good a performance as you can justifiably ask for from a 3rd choice guy. He was everything you could have asked for. He was good with his rebound control most of the night, he was playing the puck well, he was seeing shots and he was stopping pucks. He even made a highlight level save in this one.
I’m not going to say anything ridiculous like “make Lyon the starter”. That would be insane and Lyon’s patience and skill have the ability to be his downfall as well as his best friend. But I’m saying now that there’s no reason to panic or shudder when Alex Lyon is at the crease behind you. Be calm, he stops pucks and he can do it by any means.
We will see Carolina’s Great Dane for the most part on this road trip, but should the organization ever find the need to turn to Lyon during this trip, the option to do it is certainly there. Carolina has even more depth in the organization than you’ve seen before. Lyon we all know has consistency issues, but he’s certainly