The Carolina Hurricanes were outplayed at times but still hung in the game until late as they lost to the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2 on Thursday night. Cam Ward made 36 saves on 39 shots for the visitors, a season high for him.
The Canes skated an extra attacker in the final two minutes of the game and Elias Lindholm had a great chance to tie the game late, but Jonathan Quick made a tremendous save with the flash of his glove to preserve the win as the Swede shook his head in disbelief.
The Kings outshot their opponents 11-5 in the first period and 18-11 in the second, but the Canes hung in there and kept it close.
After Jarret Stoll scored a powerplay goal to give the home team the lead in the opening period, Jeff Skinner tied it up, 1-1 late in the period on his patented wrist shot.
Trevor Lewis made the score 2-1 just 37 seconds into the second period, but Eric Staal scored a powerplay goal himself though when he knocked in a Skinner rebound 2:21 into the period to tie the game once again. It was Staal's 700th career point.
Tanner Pearson scored just 38 seconds later and that would be the eventual game-winner as both teams battled throughout a scoreless third.
The Canes were outshot for the game, 39-27.
The team will travel to Colorado next for a match against the Avs on Saturday night.
- The team had a rough night in the faceoff circle and won just 43% for the night.
- Gerbe and Lindholm each had a team high six shots on goal out of the team's 27 for the game.
- The Canes actually outhit the Kings, 33-24. Tim Gleason led the way with eight. Brett Bellemore was credited with three, but had a couple of nice ones that were noticeable.
- Justin Faulk once again had the most ice time for the club with 23:12 of TOI. Sekera was right behind him.
- Skinner had a two point night with his fifth goal of the season and assist.
- Event Summary stat sheet