For the second straight game the Hurricanes start slow but come out firing in the second period to cut down the Sabres 5-2. Jeff Skinner tied it up 1-1 two minutes into the second and then ripped another goal a minute later to take the lead. Cam Ward had another stellar performance stopping 36 shots and improving his save percentage to .914. The Canes improve their record to 20-15-7.
The Canes didn’t play well defensively but were able to ratchet it up on the offensive end. The Skinner-Rask-Ryan line continues to dominate by tallying 5 points. I think a lot of credit needs to go to Bill Peters and his staff. It seems they are able to make solid adjustments during the intermissions.
Storm Level: Category 4 Hurricane. Only thing keeping them from a 5 is we gave up 36 shots. Man I love it when we score goals!
Assist of The Game: Elias Lindholm
Lindholm ducks under a defender and fires a shot where Brock McGinn sweeps in the rebound. Nasty moves by Lindholm.
Player of The Game: Cam Ward
Cam was under fire the whole fire game but was able to make save after save. It’s refreshing to see the love for Ward is back. All he needed was a blue line that could give him a chance.
What’s Up With That?:
What was up with all the Sabres chippiness towards Sebastian Aho? He doesn’t seem like the type to start stuff unless they are tired of getting embarrassed by his stick skills. Actually you know what?… that’s probably it.
Bros of The Game: Elon Bros
They bused in from Elon and pumped energy to our section. These guys were of the friendly bro variety. ‘Ron Johnson’ was down there high fiving, chatting it up, and chugging beers. Probably frowned upon by most fans but I’d get a real kick out of a ‘Bro Night’ at the PNC. Hurricanes get on it! If only there were colleges in the area….
The Canes still sit three points out of the final playoff spot with New York Islanders coming to town Saturday night (7 pm) at the PNC. Solid crowd last night but it can always be better. We’ll see you out there!