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Canes come up flat in important game against Pens

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes were due for a stinker of a game and that's what happened against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon as they lost, 5-0 at the Consol Energy Center.

The Canes were outshot, out-skated, out-special-teamed, and out-scored as the Penguins jumped over them in the standings with the easy win.

Eddie Lack was busy as he made 27 saves on 32 shots.  Several of the goals were off of grade "A" chances because of turnovers in the Carolina zone but he did have some moments where he looked lost as well.

The opposition seems to have the book on Carolina's goalies.  All three of Vancouver's goals against Cam Ward on Friday night were scored on the short side while three or four of the five goals scored in this contest were high, far side over Lack's blocker.

The Hurricanes had a few chances on the powerplay, including over 40 seconds of 5-on-3, but did not generate much if anything during those opportunities.

The team looked tired so fortunately they will have some time off to rest if that is needed as their next game will be against the Leafs on Thursday night.

Game Notes:

  • Carolina did win the faceoff battle with a 65% winning percentage in this game.
  • During the team's successful stretch, they played with the lead.  They are 0-13-0 when trailing after the first period.
  • The Canes were outshot 32-22.  Noah Hanifin and Andrej Nestrasil led the way with three each.
  • Jaccob Slavin had a team high 24:31 of ice time and led the club with three hits. He also had two shots on goal and two blocked shots.
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