The Los Angeles Kings erased an early 3-0 Carolina lead and eventually tied the score 5-5 late in the game, but the Canes won a dramatic nine round shootout when Jordan Martinook scored on a nifty backhander.
The Hurricanes started the game with a lot of jump and scored three goals in the first period.
Brent Burns got things started with a top shelf shot, then shortly after Sebastian Aho scored on a shorthanded breakaway.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi then beat LA goalie Pheonix Copley with a sharp angled shot which caught the goalie by surprise.
Before the end of the period, Drew Daughty made the score 3-1 with a shot from the point.
The Canes were outshot 15-9 and were also outplayed much of the period but Fred Andersen was playing well.
Carolina had a rough time getting into any flow during the game because of an almost continual parade to the penalty box. They were called for eight penalties while the Kings were called five times.
In the second period, Brendan Lemieux scored his first as a Hurricane when he took a nice long lead pass from Tony DeAngelo. At 4-1, it seemed the Canes had the game under control even if they were not playing their best, but the Kings never gave up.
After an Anze Kopitar powerplay goal, Teuvo Teravainen scored another shorthanded goal after taking a nice setup pass from Aho to make the score 5-2.
The Canes could not generate much after that goal. They only had three shots on goal in the third period.
Kopitar tied the game with his second goal with just 1:22 left in the game.
After a scoreless five minutes of overtime, the game went to a shootout.
With the pressure on, Aho would score to keep the shootout going in round three. Martin Necas also had a goal to keep things alive.
Finally in the ninth round, Martinook made his game-winner to end things.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour was unhappy with the game. They will look to move on and forget this one quickly as they play in Anaheim on Sunday evening.
They will need to tighten up on their penalties.
- The Canes had a rough night in the faceoff circle. Overall they went 47% but Aho only won four of 14 faceoffs for 29%.
- Even though he allowed five goals, Andersen had a pretty strong night in net, especially in the shootout. He made 25 saves on 30 shots.
- Aho led the team with two points, (1G 1A) and also led forwards with 21:35 of ice time.
- Burns was on the ice for 26:04, which probably brought back memories of his days in San Jose.
- Pesce and Skjei had four blocked shots each which led the team.
- Staal had a team high of 3 hits. Overall, Carolina was credited with 13. The Kings had 22.
Event Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/ES020032.HTM
Game Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/GS020032.HTM