The Carolina Hurricanes have won back-to-back games on back-to-back nights. No, you’re not dreaming. The Canes topped the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 in the second game in as many nights, a feat they haven’t pulled off since December 15th & 16th.
Just like any Hurricanes hockey experience, it was riddled with a few bad moments as well. And it started late in the first period. Justin Faulk received a pass at neutral ice and tripped over Carl Soderberg’s skate and the puck went flying into the Canes defensive zone. Soderberg sent a perfect pass to teammate Gabriel Bourque who fired a shot on Cam Ward. Ward slid across the crease for what may have been a game-changing save. Had that puck gone in, the result could have been much different.
Eventually the Canes would give up a goal, but less than twenty seconds later Brock McGinn was on the case. He fired a quick wrist shot on net after a juicy feed from Elias Lindholm from behind the net.
Ward was kicking aside shots like it was the 2008-09 season. Maybe he’s ageless. Maybe he’s lucky. Whatever he is, it worked in the second period to keep the game close. The game remained tied after the second period.
The magical ginger (but second favorite behind me) struck again. Just 35 seconds into the third, McGinn scored on what was almost the exact same play as the first goal. Lindholm from behind the net. McGinn out front. Goal.
And of course, smiley Jeff Skinner scored to extend the lead to two goals. His smile is symbolic of Canes fans on how they feel now that they are in a playoff spot.
So, four out of four points in two nights is not bad. But the worst thing the team could do is become complacent. A solid Los Angeles Kings team comes into town on Tuesday night followed by four straight match-ups against Metropolitan division teams. There’s a chance to make up serious ground here but don’t get your hopes up. Because Brian just ruined everything:
.@bdleblanc: "Since the All-Star break, you haven't allowed a power-play goal."— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) February 11, 2018
Peters: *knocks on wood*