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Capitals 2, Hurricanes 1 - SO

Canes drop a pretty even game at the PNC

Washington Capitals v Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 17: Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Washington Capitals blocks a goal during the third period of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on December 17, 2023 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Capitals defeat Hurricanes 2-1.
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The Carolina Hurricanes hit the pipes a couple of times and outshot the Capitals throughout but ended up losing to their division rivals, 2-1 in a shootout on Sunday night at the PNC.

After the game Rod Brind’Amour seemed happy enough with the game and how it went.

“We did everything we wanted to do, we just didn’t score. The game went exactly how we thought it was going to go, based on how they played all year. They’ve played tight, tight games. I thought we stuck with our game plan really well. We hit a few goalposts. A couple of inches here or there and it would’ve been a different story.”

Still, this was the second game in a row where the home team could not find a way to earn the extra point.

To be fair, Washington also hit both posts and the crossbar on a play where they thought they had scored, but luckily for Carolina, the puck never crossed the goal line.

After a scoreless first period Sebastian Aho got the party started in the second when he one-timed a nice pass from Seth Jarvis. I believe that Noesen could have also picked up an assist when he kept the puck in play along the boards, but he did not get the official credit.

Less than four minutes later, the Caps tied it when Martin Fehervary found an opening in the Carolina zone and beat Pyotr Kochetkov, who played very well in net this night.

It was Fehervary’s first goal of the season.

The game went scoreless the rest of the way, including the five minutes of overtime in which each team only managed one shot on goal.

Much like regulation, the Canes could not find the twine in the shootout and Evgeny Kuznetsov’s lone goal was enough for the win.

Next up, the Hurricanes face the Golden Knights on Tuesday night at the PNC.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes went 0-5 on the powerplay, including one 4 minute opportunity.
  • Carolina outshot the visitors 29-21. They also missed the net 21 times and had 17 shots blocked. Necas led the team with six shots on goal.
  • The Canes only won 45% of the faceoffs in this one.
  • One of the dangers of playing 11 forwards and 7 defensemen is if one of those forwards get injured during the game and then you are down to 10 forwards.
  • The Canes were credited with seven hits in the game to 14 for the Caps.

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