I know I’m not in the minority of people that enjoyed the demolishing of the Vancouver Canucks for the simple fact that it helped ease the pain of the Canes’ own humiliating defeat from the previous game. Now, we’re not here to talk about the Canes crushing defeats and if I wanted to, I think I could visit my therapist in the castle I helped pay for, so let’s talk about this 4-1 win instead.
A 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in a dominating performance from the Canes certainly helps rebuild some of the confidence in the team. The way the offense started to click, especially in the second period with how the second line looked, was a really promising sight for people moving forward. This game was a difficult one for the Canes and the result was the one they wanted.
Carolina’s attackers controlled this game from the off and really put it beyond all doubt in the 2nd period when the second line woke up and remembered that it was allowed to score. Carolina has been very dependant on their star center for most of the season and this game allowed the team to exercise its depth scoring while still reaping the rewards of their Finnish offensive dynamo.
Goals from two members of the second line, and a member of the third is always something worth talking about. Carolina’s depth is going to be important when the playoffs come around for the team. The more players they can get scoring goals on a consistent basis, the better it is for the team when they have to play the best of the best for Lord Stanley’s Cup in the latter half of the season.
This was a game that you can’t really complain about. Solid goaltending, good offensive depth scoring, and great special teams really headline a dominant performance by the Canes. You’d have liked to see them put more than 4 on the board, but at the end of the day, this was as near-perfect a performance as you will see in this league