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Kings 5, Hurricanes 2

After an emotional ceremony for Justin Williams, the Canes lose a clunker to the Kings

Los Angeles Kings v Carolina Hurricanes
 RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 15: Former Hurricanes Captain right wing Justin Williams #14 (3rd L) is inducted into the Hurricanes Hall of Fame, with Tracy Tripp (L) presenting prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings at PNC Arena on January 15, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Also pictured are Cam Ward (2nd L), GM Don Waddell, GM (2nd R) and Justin Staal #11 (R).
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It was hard to hold back the tears while Justin Williams thanked everyone during his ceremony as he was inducted into the Hurricanes Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, the Hurricanes did not win the game in his honor as they fell to the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2 on Monday afternoon at the PNC Arena.

The Kings jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 6:24 into the first period. The Canes tied it on a Jordan Martinook goal at 5:38 into the second.

But the third period was mostly owned by the Kings as they scored three unanswered goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead in the first five minutes and change of the period.

At this point, Rod Brind’Amour decided it was a good time to give rookie goalie, Yaniv Perets some time so he took Antti Raanta out.

The Hurricanes tightened up play in their end a bit and held the visitors to just one shot on goal the rest of the way, but it was too little too late.

Perets finished the game making one save and allowing zero goals.

In the locker room after making his NHL debut, he said that he felt like he needed to call his parents or something.

The pairing of Stefan Noesen and Jack Drury would strike again to make the score 4-2 but that was as close as the home team would get as the Kings would score an empty netter before the end.

It was Drury’s eighth goal of the season and Noesen’s 15th assist.

The Canes will look to put this one behind them quickly. They will next face the Red Wings on Friday night.

Game Notes -

  • The Canes outshot the Kings 32-26. Brent Burns had nine shots on goal.
  • The Kings had 18 blocked shots to nine for Carolina.
  • Surprisingly, Seth Jarvis had a team high 23:23 of ice time.

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