The Carolina Hurricanes dropped a 3-2 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at Scottrade Center. The loss snaps a four game winning streak for the Canes and is their first loss since the 8-1 beating from the Toronto Maple Leafs before Christmas. Carter Hutton turned aside 23 shots in the win for the Blues. Scott Darling started his first game since the Toronto loss and stopped 26 of 29 shots.
Kyle Brodziak struck just a minute into the first period to give the Blues an early lead. Alexander Steen stickhandled behind the back of the net and fed the puck out to a wide open Brodziak in the slot after Justin Faulk failed to pick him up in front. Around seven minutes into the period, the line of Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner and Justin Williams had a great shift that couldn’t be completed with a goal after Faulk missed a wide open net. Midway through the period, Scott Darling made a pair of timely saves after a scramble in front to keep the game within one. A late power play for the Canes yielded no goals and the Canes headed into the first intermission down a goal.
The Hurricanes weren’t awake in the first minute of the second period either, as Patrik Berglund slipped in for the second goal of the game. After a bad pinch by the Hurricanes, Alex Pietrangelo and Berglund started a two-on-one and finished off some tic-tac-toe passing from the pair. After committing a penalty, Derek Ryan sprung out of the box and finally put the Hurricanes on the board at the 12:00 mark of the second period. Ryan retrieved the puck in the offensive zone corner, than muscled past Alex Pietrangelo and slid it behind Carter Hutton. Later in the period, Lucas Wallmark tied the game and scored the first goal of his career after a feed from the goal line from Noah Hanifin.
The game remained tied at two heading into the second intermission. Shots were 19-16 in favor of St. Louis at the end of the second.
Both team swapped good chances through the first half of the third period but Scottie Upshall beat Darling five-hole to give the Blues the 3-2 lead. The Hurricanes played tired hockey through most of the period. Carolina’s luck turned in their favor as they had a late power play opportunity to finish the game following a delay-of-game penalty with a minute to go. However, Hutton stood tall with the game on the line to seal the win for St. Louis.
The Hurricanes’ next game will be against the Washington Capitals next year...well, Tuesday to be exact. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Carolinas.
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