Preseason Recap: Canes comeback falls short in 3-2 loss to Capitals
Rod Brind’Amour went so far as to describe it as “disgusting.” The Hurricanes played the first period like a fire drill, without much structure or puck management, and in so doing found themselves in a 3-0 hole to the Washington Capitals through two periods in DC on Saturday night. Their game began to come around by the third period but by that time it was too late and they fell 3-2 for their first loss of the preseason (and first regulation preseason loss in Brind’Amour’s head coaching career).
Brian Pinho scored twice, intercepting a Fredrick Claesson pass to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead, then with a knuckleball that ricocheted off Jake Bean’s stick and glove during a second period power play for what would stand as the eventual game-winner. Brett Leason opened the scoring for the Capitals, also off a Claesson turnover.
Noted Caps killer Brock McGinn finally put the Canes on the board in the third (prompting a “we don’t like him very much” from the Caps broadcast crew), and Janne Kuokkanen also added a goal on a rebound of a Jake Bean shot. Anton Forsberg (eight saves on 10 shots) and James Reimer (nine saves on 10 shots) split duties in net.
Julien Gauthier continued to make his case for a spot on the NHL roster. He was credited with four hits and five shot attempts, the most notable on a breakaway which required nothing less than an amazing save on the part of Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (read about it from our friends at RMNB).
By the way, if you have access to NHL Network, they’ll be broadcasting a replay of the game as we speak (9:00 am).
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Hurricanes announced a few training camp roster changes, bringing the current roster total to 47 players. Goaltenders Callum Booth and Jeremy Helvig have been assigned to the Charlotte Checkers, and forward Stelio Mattheos (see more on him in Storm Advisory) has been added to the training camp roster (you can find an updated roster and schedule here).
The Canes have a scheduled day off from practice on Sunday, and we should expect to hear more roster updates shortly, perhaps later today?
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- The highly anticipated 2019-20 Hurricanes season preview by The Athletic’s analytics guru Dom Luszczyszyn is finally here. See where he ranks the Canes against the rest of the league (spoiler, it’s pretty good) and why. [The Athletic $]
- The Canes had an offseason that could certainly be described as “eventful” — perhaps being in the news so frequently was part of the master plan — and there are a few remaining questions to be answered as the season begins. [NHL.com]
- What a welcome sight! Prospect Stelio Matteos, who recently underwent treatment for testicular cancer, resumed practice on Saturday and has been added to the training camp roster.
VIDEO: Canes' Stelio Mattheos shares his story of dealing with his cancer scare and his determination to return to hockeyhttps://t.co/HMT8hDeFuP— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) September 21, 2019
I’d like to thank everyone for all the support and well wishes. Im excited to be back and ready to get to work. pic.twitter.com/AJdvgaljiz— Stelio Mattheos (@smattheos7) September 21, 2019
- Former Hurricanes prospect Aleksi Saarela is probably destined for the AHL again this season, but the Blackhawks remain convinced he was a steal for their organization. [The Athletic $]
- Looks like someone has a present on the way:
- And in the process, a bit of history was made (which is pretty cool, tbh):
Thank you for pointing this out Hannah. Seeing it for the first time today. Very meaningful to me. https://t.co/kn4vIolHJt— Tera Black (@terablack) September 20, 2019
- In conjunction with the arrival of Booth and Helvig, the Charlotte Checkers have announced their training camp roster, which includes a number of camp invitees. [Checkers.com]
- I mean, it is just across the parking lot from practice.
- The Jets have suspended defenseman Dustin Byfuglien without pay for refusing to show up at training camp, but the situation isn’t as acrimonious as it might sound. [TSN.ca]
- Finally... Welp, fewer alien hunters than expected hit the Nevada desert on Friday. But somewhere, the truth is still out there.