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Andersen’s shutout leads Hurricanes to first 6-0 start in franchise history

Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots in his first shutout as a Hurricane.

Frederik Andersen readies for the play during the game against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in PNC Arena. The Canes shutout the Bruins, 3-0, and improved their season record to 6-0-0.
Kaydee Gawlik

The Carolina Hurricanes set out to make some franchise history on Thursday night against the Boston Bruins, one win away from their first-ever 6-0 start to a season.

That mission was accomplished, albeit in messy fashion at times throughout the night, thanks in large part to a great start from Frederik Andersen and another rock-solid penalty-killing performance.

The intensity was ramped up from the very start. Ethan Bear leveled Brad Marchand right off of the opening faceoff, which set the tone for the evening.

More tempers flared just before the halfway point of the first period when Sebastian Aho finished a hit on David Pastrnak and helped guide his helmet off of his head. Pastrnak took exception to the hit, and the two stars went back and forth as play stopped. 42 hits were thrown (22 by Boston, 20 by Carolina) in the first 20 minutes.

Both clubs had grade-A chances in the early stages of the game, including Jesper Fast’s bid for his fourth goal of the season that got kicked out by Jeremy Swayman. A flurry of chances for Boston later in the period was nullified by Frederik Andersen.

The first goal came at 15:16 of the opening period, and it came off of the stick of Tony DeAngelo. DeAngelo let a big blast fly from the point, and the puck bounced off of Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo before finding its way past Swayman to break the ice. Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s neutral zone transition and net-front presence made the difference.

DeAngelo’s tally was Carolina’s first goal by a defenseman on the season and, of course, his first goal as a Hurricane.

A back and forth period full of action ended with the Canes in front by a goal and the shots knotted up at 11 apiece.

The physicality stayed present in the first shift of the second period. Nino Niederreiter and Marchand went back and forth at the tail end of a player and drew matching minor penalties.

The Hurricanes dominated the 4-on-4 sequence, hemming the Bruins in their own zone before eventually giving way for a flurry of chances the other way right before the penalties expired.

Carolina got the first power play of the evening when Niederreiter, again heavily involved in the physical game, drew a roughing penalty from Mike Reilly.

Nothing happened for the Hurricanes on the power play as the first unit continuously turned the puck over and had to retrieve it from their own zone. Martin Necas had the best chance, but he whiffed on a one-time chance at the end of the man advantage.

The Canes got a do-over at 13:17 of the second period when Andrei Svechnikov’s hard play on the puck drew a tripping penalty.

Niederreiter’s active period continued early in that power play. He carried the puck into the offensive zone and attempted to fire a cross-seam pass to Necas, but the puck deflected off of defenseman Derek Forbort and under the blocker of Swayman to extend the Carolina lead to 2-0.

A pair of penalties against the Hurricanes gave the Bruins 20 seconds of 5-on-3 time late in the period, but some outstanding PK work bailed them out of the situation. Aho drew a tripping call shortly after the expiration of the 5-on-3 and paved the way to a lengthy 4-on-4 sequence.

The period ended with the Canes holding onto a two-goal lead despite a very dramatic shift in control of the game. Boston pushed back and played some excellent 5-on-5 hockey in the second period, outshooting Carolina 11-5 at 5-on-5 and generating 66.46% of the expected goals. Just 9:22 of in-game time was played at 5-on-5 in the second period, though.

The Hurricanes had an opportunity to extend their lead with an early third-period power play, but they came up empty.

The tables turned pretty quickly for Carolina, as Ian Cole and Sebastian Aho both took penalties just one minute apart, setting up a 61-second 5-on-3 chance for Boston just before the halfway point of the third.

Again, the Canes managed to kill it off, but they kept playing with fire. Jordan Staal laid a bad hit on McAvoy in the corner of the Boston zone, and just like that, it was time for another Bruins power play.

Nothing happened for the B’s yet again, and at the very end of the man advantage, they got whistled for too many men on the ice and gifted the Hurricanes a power play of their own. Carolina followed Boston’s lead and did nothing on the power play.

A hectic final five minutes saw Boston flirt with getting some quality chances, but the combination of Carolina’s defense and tremendous work from Andersen kept the B’s at bay before Svechnikov rifled a one-time pass from Teravainen into the empty net to close out a 3-0 win.

For the first time in franchise history, the Carolina Hurricanes are 6-0 to start the season. They did it behind yet another stellar performance from Frederik Andersen, who stopped all 33 shots he saw for his first shutout with the team. The Canes’ penalty kill was busy again on Thursday, but they went a perfect five-for-five.

The Canes will hit the ice again tomorrow night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.