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Mistakes hurt Canes against Blue Shirts

JT Miller scores against Carolina
JT Miller scores against Carolina
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The Carolina Hurricanes seemed a step slow on Friday night and lost to the New York Rangers, 4-1 in front of 14,102 at the PNC.

The Rangers took advantage of multiple turnovers by the Carolina defense to dominate the scoreboard in this game.

The Hurricanes traveled home from Toronto late the previous night and looked like a tired team.

At 14:01 into the first period, Ryan McDonagh stole a John-Michael Liles pass at center ice and skated it in, then beat Eddie Lack high on his pad side to make it 1-0.

Shortly afterward, Kevin Hayes stole the puck from Noah Hanifin, took it behind the Carolina net, and passed it to Oscar Lindberg.  Keith Yandle broke to the net and Lindberg found him for another open shot and easy score.

The Hurricanes got on the board early in the second when Joakim Nordstrom lit the lamp, but the Rangers would come right back.

J.T. Miller scored twice, once with a nice pass from Jesper Fast after a Justin Faulk turnover and next unassisted after pick-pocketing Jaccob Slavin.

The Rangers were dominating at this time and had racked up 31 shots on goal in the first two periods.

The third period was uneventful.

The Canes will next play again at home on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.

Game Notes:

  • In the first two periods the Canes just had 19 shots on goal but racked up 12 in the third period for a game total of 31.  Justin Faulk led the way with five.
  • The Hurricanes are now 0-14-0 when trailing after the first period.
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