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Slavin and Di Giuseppe score career first goals and Faulk adds two in tough Carolina loss

Phil Di Giuseppe scores his career first
Phil Di Giuseppe scores his career first
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The Carolina Hurricanes fell behind 4-0, eventually caught up to tie the game, 5-5, but ended up losing, 6-5 to the Stars in a wild and crazy game in Dallas on Tuesday night.

The Canes actually started out pretty well and got the first few shots on goal early in the game, but Dallas scored on their very first shot, and then on their second shot, just 26 seconds later to take early control.

Things didn't get better for Carolina starter Cam Ward, who allowed two more goals in the first period before leaving the game with a stat line of four goals allowed on just eight shots.

Down 4-0 to start the second period, one might think that the Canes would go through the motions and head on to the next game, but the young group fought on.  First Jaccob Slavin scored his first NHL career goal off of a rebound to make it 4-1.

Then Dallas scored again, to jump up 5-1, but once again the visitors would fight back.

The Hurricanes scored four consecutive goals in the third period, including two Justin Faulk powerplay goals and one even strength score by Phil Di Giuseppe, also his NHL career first.  Jeff Skinner tied up the game and the home crowd looked worried, but the Stars ramped back up the pressure and eventually beat Eddie Lack with just 18 seconds left in the game.

Lack entered the game to start the second period and ended up allowing two goals on 12 shots.

The Canes will next take on the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night and should be looking for some goaltending from somewhere.

Game notes:

  • The Hurricanes outshot the Stars 30-20 and finally were rewarded for their hard work on offense.  Again, Faulk's two powerplay goals puts him back in the league's lead for that category.  He also led the team with five shots on goal and had a team high three blocked shots.
  • Victor Rask had a team best three assists.  Noah Hanifin chipped in with two.  The rookie also had four shots on goal.
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