The Carolina Hurricanes, the NHL’s newest ~$500 million team, proved yet again on Friday that, despite their monetary value as an entity, they still have a way to go on the ice,
A first period 3-0 lead and a second period 4-1 lead just weren’t enough for the Canes as they blew yet another game, this time in the form of a 5-4 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks
The Hurricanes showed promise and got on the board several times in a big first period on the road.
A great cycling shift was capped off by Sebastian Aho, who was at the right place at the right time, ripping home a misfire from Noah Hanifin that essentially acted as a pass right to the Fin who scored his sixth of the year, making it a 1-0 hockey game.
Just a tick over two and a half minutes later, Victor Rask found the back of the net for the second time since his return from being healthy scratched in November, giving his club a 2-0 lead just over halfway through the opening frame.
He was on the receiving end of an absolutely gorgeous pass from countryman Elias Lindholm.
The good times kept rolling in period one for Carolina as Aho found twine once again, receiving a pass from Teuvo Teravainen and ripping one home from the slot.
Half-way through the second period, the Sharks found a hole in Cam Ward, exposing Carolina’s sub-par powerplay by scoring a shorthanded goal for themselves. Melker Karlsson put the home team on the board, making it 3-1.
Four minutes later, Jeff Skinner scored what should have been the back-breaking goal, hammering one home after a nifty play by Justin Williams in tight. It was Skinner’s team-leading 11th of the year.
Then, everything fell apart.
With just over two minutes to go in the second period, Joe Thornton cut the lead to two on the man advantage. In the third period, Logan Couture ripped a one-timer home, again on the powerplay.
Then, in a one-goal game, the Hurricanes fully blew it, allowing the game-tying shorthanded goal.
Then, like three nanoseconds into overtime, Brent Burns scored and the Hurricanes lost in truly inexplicable, inexcusable fashion.
Cam Ward was on the verge of win #300, but he will have to wait. He did stop 28 of 33, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks turned it on and the Canes mailed it in down the stretch.
The Hurricanes finished the night with a +4 scoring differential at 5-on-5 play, -4 in special teams, and of course, a -1 at 3-on-3.
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