The back end of a back-to-back for the Carolina Hurricanes ended in victory. The Hurricanes headed to Boston for a matinee matchup on Black Friday.
A strong performance ended in defeat, losing in OT by the score of 3-2. Still a valuable point against a very good team.
However, failing to protect a two-goal lead will always dim the cheer of a road point.
A late afternoon match-up against the Calgary Flames saw the Hurricanes on the better side of a 3-2 score in regulation.
After shaking up the lines a bit on Friday, Rod Brind’Amour returned some of the lines to normal to start the contest. Specifically, the Jordan Staal line was reunited with Jordan Martinook and Jesper Fast.
Pyotr Kochetkov played a solid game in Boston but took the loss. Today, Antti Raanta got the start and was steady as usual.
The Hurricanes dominated the first period that began with a Seth Jarvis goal off a turnover to Brent Burns blasting through the slot as he came off the bench.
Burns fed it to a lonely Jarvis in front of the net for the game’s first goal. Jarvis is a player that has struggled to find the back of the net.
It would solve the depth-scoring issue if Jarvis can get moving.
Despite a dominant period, the Hurricanes let up a late goal to the Flames and let the opposition back into the game. The Hurricanes had chances to make it a two-goal lead but failed to take advantage of those chances.
The team continued to play strong in the second period but still found themselves short-handed after careless penalties.
Still, Martin Necas buried a cross-ice feed from Stefan Noesen to take back the lead.
Necas has continued to stay hot this season and is a big reason for the Hurricane’s success thus far in the young season.
Unfortunately, the Hurricanes gave up the lead shortly on a miscommunication by the defensive pairing of Calvin De Haan and Jalen Chatfield.
Chatfield pinched and De Haan could not get across the ice to cover and gave up a breakaway goal. Chatfield had a quietly solid game otherwise
Tough luck for Raanta specifically, but still the team was playing strong.
In the third period, both teams traded chances, but Brett Pesce came to the rescue scoring the game-winner.
After a frustrating string of losses, the Hurricanes finally got the W in front of a great crowd at PNC Arena.
Despite losing many games, the Hurricanes were able to pick up some important points in OT and some against good teams.
With the New Jersey Devils finally losing, the Hurricanes are able to inch closer to the division leader.