Well, that game was insane. That is the most goals the Canes have allowed in a win this year, but the Canes manage to pull out a 5-4 win in the City of Angels as they top the Kings at Staple Center, move to the top of the NHL standings, and progress their lead at the top of the Metropolitan division. This game hurt everyone to watch, but the Canes pull out a major win.
This Los Angeles Kings team is a strong opponent, and the Canes managed to outgun this promising young team. When the Kings get older and become healthy, they will be a very good team in this league and the Canes did a great job in matching their offensive talent until the pure skating ability of their young Czech winger took over and saw them weather the Kings attacks.
Carolina is now certain to finish the long west coast road trip above .500. They have 2 wins in the California gauntlet already. This was far from a good performance but it was good enough to get the team two points in a tricky building and escape Tinseltown. This was a difficult game, but they got the desired result and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.
This was the first time in a while that this Carolina Hurricanes team was actually tested, and it became obvious early that this game was going to be difficult. In the end, the team found a way as good teams do. They are now sitting as the best team in the league and pending the result of the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild, they could stay there.