Hurricanes need an extra frame to beat the Philadelphia Flyers

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 10: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a 6-0 victory against the Boston Bruins with teammate Sebastian Aho #20 at the TD Garden on February 10, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 10: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a 6-0 victory against the Boston Bruins with teammate Sebastian Aho #20 at the TD Garden on February 10, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 10: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a 6-0 victory against the Boston Bruins with teammate Sebastian Aho #20 at the TD Garden on February 10, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 10: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a 6-0 victory against the Boston Bruins with teammate Sebastian Aho #20 at the TD Garden on February 10, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) /

This was a back and forth game and it was painfully hard stopping. I appreciate that the website is called Cardiac Cane, but this was a game that I could have done without the stress. In the end, the Hurricanes needed the extra five minutes of overtime but they complete the sweep of Pennsylvania in convincing fashion as they score a highlight-reel goal in the extra frame to claim the extra point.

This was a game where we saw the best of the Carolina Hurricanes and we saw a lot of what the team will need to clean up if they want to progress deep into the playoffs. It was not a clean game, and in the end, it was the Canes’ pure top-end talent that bailed them out in this game. Carolina’s issues in front of their net with a tip and two rebounds. I’m in no way blaming the goaltending, that was great.

There were goals for each of the top three lines, with the checking line getting things started, the SAT line restoring the lead, and the second line adding the third. Obviously, the blueline would get the deciding goal in 3-on-3 overtime, but it was nice to see some spread-out scoring. There are a few players that need a goal, and they couldn’t quite grab them in this one, but it is what it is and the team keeps rolling on.

When the Canes’ goaltenders have to be as good as Frederik Andersen was in this game, you know you have defensive issues. Something isn’t right back there. For some reason, the Canes seem to feel more secure defensively on a penalty kill than they do with five skaters, at least from the outside looking in. With the trade deadline less than a month away, we will see what the team has in mind to address the issue.

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