Don’t have much to say about this dumpster fire, folks.
The only good thing to come out of Monday’s 6-1 loss in Washington is that the Hurricanes’ 4-game journey through hell and back is mercifully over. After enduring losses at Columbus, home against Pittsburgh, at Columbus again and tonight, the ‘Canes will welcome the mediocre LA Kings on Thursday. It would be nice to start earning some points again — we’ve been stuck on 49 for what seems like forever.
Quick Recap: Don’t want to spend a lot of time rehashing that one. Jordan Staal scored Carolina’s only goal of the game on a power play in the first period on a one-timer from Elias Lindholm. See below.
From there, it was ALL CAPS. See what I did there?
Washington scored on a power play later in the period, compliments of Dmitry Orlov. Our old friend Justin Williams added another one to make it 2-1 after the first.
The second period wasn’t any better. Orlov scored again, as did Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Neither was the third. T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller scored, too. Yay.
Storm Warning: Stationary front. Flying is a hobby so I know a lot about weather. Washington is red hot right now, riding 14-game point streak … including 12 wins. But after the first goal we just fell apart. Six unanswered? Come on.
What’s Next?: The Kings are what’s next. It’s really critical to stop the bleeding at home.
Despite losing four in a row, the Hurricanes (49 points) are still within three points of Philadelphia (52). Boston (52) is the other team in front of us.
But this Eastern Conference Wild Card race is getting awfully crowded. In fact, EVERYONE ELSE in the conference is within five points of Philly.
We’re tied with Florida and New Jersey. Detroit is just one point back at 48. Then the Islander, Buffalo and Tampa Bay round things out at 47.
Jordan Staal Photo Credit – Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes