Carolina finished their season in a game that had the same scoreline as the season opener. 6-3 victors the Hurricanes emerged from another game against a team from the New York City area, and in doing so, the Carolina Hurricanes claimed some silverware for their netminders. Carolina confirmed they are the winners of the William M Jennings Trophy for lowest goals against in a season. But enough to talk about Carolina’s accomplishments, let’s talk about the game.
With that, I ask; what did Jesperi Kotkaniemi eat before this one? This was a player that was flying around all night long, recorded his first ever three point game, set a new career high in goals despite missing a month of the season, and that was just the first period. Kotkaniemi was incredible all game, he played very well, and he’s making the Canes look incredibly intelligent for issuing that offer sheet.
Carolina’s fourth line was a big factor in this one. We’ve already touched on KK being an absoulte menace in this game, but the entire line were determined to be the three starts of the game due to their performances and being responsible for half of the offensive outburst the Canes showed in this one. They were up to it and they helped the Canes progress in a game that could have been difficult otherwise.
Carolina also confirmed that they will be walking into the playoffs on the back of a six game winning streak. They will be the hottest team in hockey when the post-season starts. We know that momentum can be a big factor in the playoffs and the Canes have taken their momentum to ride deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Depending on the health of their netminders, this Canes team could go a long way if they can continue to stay hot.