Derek Ryan and Brock McGinn combined for all of Carolina’s goals as they took down the red-hot Kings by a final score of 3-1.
A tight-checking first period between a pair of defensive-minded clubs finally gave way to the game’s first goal. Andrej Nestrasil found Derek Ryan all alone in the slot, and he made a nifty move to beat Jeff Zatkoff and give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.
The second period opened up a bit as the Kings started to throw more pucks on net, but at the tail end of a great penalty kill, Ryan combined with Brock McGinn and netted a highlight-reel goal to extend the Carolina lead to two.
The Hurricanes have had near league-worst success in the third period this season. Just 24 hours after blowing a two-goal lead in the final frame in Anaheim, they needed to jump on the Kings, and that’s what they did. Great board play from Victor Rask and a well-placed pass to Brock McGinn ended in a nice snipe from the lower slot from McGinn and the Canes took a 3-0 lead.
The Kings didn’t lie down. With 7:10 to go in the third period, defending Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty let a bomb go from the point and it found its way through bodies in front and past Cam Ward, putting an end to a shutout bid from the hot goalie.
The final seven minutes of the third period featured a strong shutdown performance from the Hurricanes as they kept the Kings at bay and finished out an immensely impressive outing in Los Angeles.
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