The Carolina Hurricanes lost again tonight.
This time, they fell to the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 5-3, falling below NHL .500 at 4-5-2 with their third consecutive loss and fifth in six games.
After 20 minutes, the Canes and Avs were knotted up at two. Victor Rask opened the scoring just 50 seconds in on a goal that Semyon Varlamov would certainly want back.
The Avalanche responded with two of their own, starting at the 7:31 mark with Carl Soderberg and just five minutes later with Patrick Nemeth netting his first goal of the season.
Elias Lindholm tied the game late in the period, receiving a feed from Sebastian Aho, who had a marvelous game, and slid it along the ice and past Varlamov.
The second period was not fun. Blake Comeau opened the scoring in the middle frame, followed shortly thereafter Gabriel Landeskog’s fourth of the year to make it 4-2.
Then, the always successful goal challenger Bill Peters decided to challenge for offsides. The play was not offside. And for his bad challenge, Peters and his club were punished with a penalty.
You already know what happened.
Mikko Rantanen scored on the powerplay to extend the home team’s lead to 5-2.
Derek Ryan scored late in the second period, but who cares, because the Hurricanes would fall by that same 5-3 score.
I’ll give this recap as much effort as the Hurricanes displayed on Thursday night.
The Canes were sloppy, lazy, and they were burned by a team was historically bad a season ago.
A 57-27 shot differential tells us very little about the offensive charge from Carolina at the Pepsi Center. A vast, vast majority of those shots were from the perimeter and this game was largely just a stat padder for Varlamov’s save percentage, but give him credit where the credit is due, he played well.
We are getting to the point where some tough questions have to be asked about this team. The players don’t play like they care, the coaching staff is making some very questionable decisions, and the powerplay is still a hot mess. No progress has been made in any of those areas and their embarrassing effort in Denver is a clear example of that. This isn’t anything new, either. It’s been happening for 3+ years.
If they lose to a 1-12-1 Arizona team on Saturday, it won’t be too early for some hard decisions to be made.
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