Carolina’s scoring issues disappeared last night as the Hurricanes hammered the St Louis Blues 7-2 in Missouri. It was a game that the Hurricanes needed to win to keep pace with the rest of the Metropolitan Division. With the Hurricanes putting up a touchdown on St Louis, we can talk about the Hurricanes scoring woes perhaps coming to an end, but one game is never enough to judge these things.
Andrei Svechnikov scored twice on his birthday as he grabbed his second and third goals in the last 19 games. Svechnikov set a new career-high in goals with these two as he pushed his tally for the season up to 25. He’s second on the team in goal scoring, only to Fishy, so Svechnikov is emerging more and more as a great player in this league. He’s going to hit 30 this year and he’s only 22.
Speaking of noteworthy 22-year-olds in this game, Jesperi Kotkaniemi ended this game with 19 penalty minutes after he got a fighting major, an instigating minor, and the 10-minute misconduct that comes with an instigator penalty. He also had an assist on the game-winning goal, so it was quite the game for Carolina’s number 82.
Carolina’s youngest member also had a game to remember as Seth Jarvis started this game the same way he’s been playing as of late. Carolina’s most efficient forward in the recent scoring drought, Jarvis was rewarded in a big way tonight as the rookie sensation tallied two of the Canes’ seven goals in this one, and the kid is starting to heat up again.
This was not an easy game for the Hurricanes, but they won and did it in a convincing way. It was said after the game that the coaching staff believed that the Hurricanes didn’t play any better in this game than they had done in their previous games. It’s just that in this one, the puck ended up in the back of the net and the Hurricanes were able to reap the rewards of their relentless efforts.