And that is a disappointing result on hockey fights cancer night at PNC Arena. With the Carolina Hurricanes falling 4-2 to the Washington Capitals. A great third-period comeback was nipped in the bud by a stupid decision when already down a man to give the Capitals a 5-on-3 that would eventually see the game-winning goal scored seconds after returning to 5-on-4. A stinging defeat.
Carolina could have been out of sight with this game after the first period. They were making Washington’s netminder look like Bambi, and couldn’t get the puck into the netting behind him. It was infuriating as those wasted chances came back to bite the Canes in the third period. What’s annoying is that the Canes had everything in place to win this game, and they just didn’t.
A strong comeback in the third period was wasted, and the Canes lose the lead of the division, and they lose their place at the top of the NHL. This loss was costly for the organization, and I delayed the publishing of this takeaways piece to find out about the two RD that have since entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol and are not going on the trip to Dallas with the rest of the boys.
Carolina lost potentially a lot more than just two points in this one, and we will get to talking about that, but this game stings a lot. Some of it you have to chalk up to the Washington Capitals being a very good hockey team, and some of it you have to chalk up to the Carolina Hurricanes not being good enough in this game to get the win. At no point can you say the Canes deserved to win this game.