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Hurricanes Drop Preseason Opener, 2-0 to Capitals

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Eddie Lack is impressive in debut for Carolina

Eddie Lack prepares to make a save for the Hurricanes
Eddie Lack prepares to make a save for the Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes started this preseason without lighting the lamp as they fell to the Washington Capitals, 2-0 on Monday night in Washington.

I did not watch this game in detail and cannot give an educated opinion about who stood out and who did not but newly acquired goalie Eddie Lack looked very good in his debut from what I saw.  He finished the night stopping all 22 shots he faced after two periods.

Drew MacIntyre was the hard luck goalie of record who allowed both goals in the third period on a total of 9 shots.

Tom Wilson scored the first and Derek Roy, who is fighting to earn a spot on the Caps, scored the second for the home team.

The Canes were outshot 31-26 for the game.

Carolina's penalty kill looked good and did not allow a goal in four kills but the powerplay went 0-3 for the night.

The experimental 3-on-3 after the game went well as Ryan Murphy, Eric Staal, and Kris Versteeg combined on a pretty play.

The Canes will travel to Pittsburgh and take on the Penguins Tuesday night for a back-to-back roadie.

Game Notes:

  • Danny Biega had a team high 23:25 of ice time.  He took seven shots, three of which were blocked, officially giving him four shots on goal for this game.
  • Phillip Di Giuseppe also had four shots on goal to tie Biega for the team lead.
  • The Canes won 65% of their faceoffs, (Jordan Staal 74%, Derek Ryan 56%, Riley Nash 56%, Brody Sutter 77%).