Carolina’s stars wake up
I have been calling on the Canes to wake their stars up, and in this one, the two came to play. Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho were not going to be denied in this one. Both had multiple points on the night, and Aho took home the 1st-star honors. Carolina’s top line showed up in a big way in this game, and really showed why they are some of the best players in the league.
This line also had a disallowed goal. Not for offsides, or goalie interference. Not for a high stick or a kicking motion. It was disallowed because St Louis touched the puck on a delayed penalty, promptly before Carolina smashed the puck into the net. A tough pill to swallow, but they got the win regardless. But it did confuse me why they took the goal off the board when the league wants to encourage scoring.
Anyhow, this was the first game in a while that we saw Sebastian Aho really step up and take over as only the Finn can. He came through big time when the team needed him, and he was the main reason Carolina was able to run the show against St Louis all night. Aho got the better of his opponents, and they dominated St Louis all night long.
Svechnikov hasn’t seemed to falter as Aho has. But there’s always going to be the same criticism of Svech. Stay out of the box. He took two more minors in this one, and I don’t even want to look up when the last time was that the Carolina Hurricanes had a game where he didn’t take a penalty. Otherwise, Svechnikov is still one of the premier players on the team, and he proved it in this one.