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Recap: Ducks 2, Hurricanes 1

Canes dominate at times but come up short

Jeff Skinner gets his shot past John Gibson to score for Carolina
Jeff Skinner gets his shot past John Gibson to score for Carolina
James Guillory

The Carolina Hurricanes completely dominated play at times but ended up losing to the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1 in front of 11,991 at the PNC Arena on Thursday night.

The Canes outshot the Ducks 14-5 in the first period, 15-8 in the second, and 36 to 17 for the game, but failed to capitalize on their multitude of shots.

The visitors on the other hand crashed the net to score their two goals late in the second period and pretty much hung on the rest of the way.

After a scoreless first period, Carolina was awarded a powerplay chance midway through the second and Jeff Skinner broke his scoreless streak with a tricky shot that fooled John Gibson, who had stoned the Canes up to that point.  Gibson was solid and looked like the goalie who won gold for USA hockey in the World Junior Championships in 2013.

Shortly after that goal, Tim Gleason and Tim Jackman dropped the gloves and according to coach Bill Peters, the Canes were different after the fight.  The Canes were controlling play at the time and there was no reason for Gleason to fight there, as Jackman was trying to fire up his teammates.

Afterward, the Ducks would go on to score two goals in a three minute period.

The first one was when Corey Perry stole a puck at the blue line and skated it in on Cam Ward.  There was some contact and Ward ended up out of the net.  The puck was centered and it looked like Matt Beleskey scored, but the goal was awarded to Francois Beauchemin, who apparently got his stick on it before it went into the net.

Not to be denied, Beleskey would score the next goal when he chipped it in the net off of Victor Rask's stick, right in front of Ward.  Both goals were scored because of players crashing the net, something the Carolina team has lacked this season.

The third period was a tightly checked one and Carolina did not seem to have their earlier energy.  The Hurricanes managed only seven shots on goal while the Ducks got four.

The Canes had one penalty to kill off and they were successful doing it.  They continue to have the second best kill percentage in the league and have killed off the last 45 out of 47 penalties.

After the game, Peters said that he was happy with the pace of the game early, but not at the end.

"We had a good start, obviously.  We had a false sense of security offensively.  Especially in the third, we looked at all our chances and there isn't a grade-A in the third.  The puck speed went away, we started to play slow.

"We quit moving the puck and started skating with it and when you're skating with it you're moving it slower than when moving (passing) it.  "

The Canes next travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Saturday night.

  • Of the 36 shots on goal, Skinner led the way with seven and his linemate Rask was next with six.  The line of Rask/Skinner/Lindholm looked very good at times.
  • The Ducks outhit the Canes, 42 to 31 in a fairly physical game.  Justin Faulk had a team high five hits followed by Brett Bellemore and Patrick Dwyer with four each.
  • Cam Ward finished with 15 saves on 17 shots while Gibson had 35 saves on 36 shots. 
  • The Canes also had 18 shots blocked and missed the net 17 times for a grand total of 71 shot attempts.  The Ducks had 37 attempts for the game. 
  • Faulk had a team high 26:45 of TOI.  Not only did he lead the way with five hits, he also had a team high four takeaways.
  • Andrej Sekera had a team high four blocked shots.