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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game 2 Preview and Storm Advisory

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Despite a Game 1 loss, the Canes are still in the playoffs! They’ll look to build on their strong second and third period in Thursday night’s loss.

Jamie Kellner

Thursday night’s Game 1 loss was deflating, but it was very encouraging to see the team respond to what was a first period disaster. Now that the team has their sea legs under them, this afternoon’s game should be a good one.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes lost Game 1 of the playoff series on Thursday night in Washington. The team looked a little shellshocked in the first period, which lead to an early lead for the calm and experienced Capitals. The Canes would slowly crawl back into the game over the final 40 minutes, but they ultimately couldn’t overcome their early game mistakes.
  • Dougie Hamilton tallied an assist and a team leading four shots on goal in Game 1. He led the team during the regular season in shots.
  • The Hurricanes trail 1-0 in a playoff series for the fourth consecutive series and the 13th time in their franchise history. They’re 5-7 in Game 2s following Game 1 losses.
  • After what was a very shaky first period for the Hurricanes, they tightened up significantly and allowed only an empty net goal in the remaining 40 minutes. Petr Mrazek was a big part of that.
  • Rookie Andrei Svechnikov led the team, tallying their only two goals. He became the eight youngest player in NHL history to score two NHL playoff goals.

Storm Advisory

  • Sir Walt is on board.
  • Here’s a first look at the fancy new video board coming to PNC next season.
  • And here’s a piece about it. [NHL]
  • In case you’re headed to the game in DC today.
  • The Charlotte Checkers closed out their series on a good note.

Playoff Scoreboard

Here’s what happened as half of the playoff pack faced off in Game 2 of their postseason last night:

  • The Blue Jackets are shaping up to be the biggest story of the year. They got out to an early lead in Tampa Bay and never looked back, shocking the Lightning by a score of 5-1 and taking both games (!) in enemy territory. They travel back to Ohio with a close them out on home ice. What a series.
  • The Islanders are a team with some serious character. They took the second game of the series in an absolutely electric Nassau Coliseum and carry a 2-0 lead into Pittsburgh.
  • The Blues did it again, defeating the Jets in Winnipeg to take a commanding lead in the series as both teams fly down to St. Louis. Plenty of people picked the streaking Blues in this series, but I don’t think many expected for them to blank Winnipeg in enemy territory.
  • A back-and-fourth game in California ultimately went to the Golden Knights, who tied the series at 1-1. Penalties were a huge issue for Vegas, but they managed to pull through and get a win in enemy territory as they prepare to take on San Jose in Las Vegas on Sunday.