There’s no place like home....especially for the Carolina Hurricanes.
After falling behind 2-0 midway through the first period, Martin Necas scored the first of his two goals for the night with just a minute and change left in the period. His linemates, Michael Bunting and Jesperi Kotkaniemi had the assists on the play.
The second period was scoreless, which was notable for Carolina. The home team looked more and more like last season’s team as the game went on.
As a matter of fact, the Canes, along with Frederik Andersen, held the Kraken scoreless the rest of the way while allowing only 26 shots for the game.
With just 4:24 left in the game, Kotkaniemi tied the score at two when he took a pretty pass from Necas and roofed a perfect shot past goalie, Joey Daccord, who had been standing on his head most of the night.
The game went to overtime and with just 10 seconds left, Tony DeAngelo took the puck toward the net, which created some space for Necas. Then he passed to the hot winger who made no mistake to win the game.
The win evened Carolina’s record to 4-4. They will next take on the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
- Kotkaniemi now has nine points in eight games. (4G 5A)
- Necas has the same numbers. (4G 5A)
- The Canes outshot the Kraken in every period except OT. The totals - 45-26
- Brent Burns and Necas led the team with six shots each.
- After the game, Brind’Amour praised the refs because of the few calls made. Each team was called for a single penalty.
- The Hurricanes won 56% of the game’s faceoffs.
- DeAngelo also led the team with three blocked shots.
- Slavin led all Carolina skaters with 23:54 of ice time. Aho was next at 23:47.
Game Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/GS020101.HTM
Event Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/ES020101.HTM