Damn did we need that one.
The Carolina Hurricanes stomped the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 at PNC Arena Tuesday, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Canes looked well-rested after the All-Star Break — some time off that Coach Bill Peters said his club could benefit from.
They definitely needed something to change the karma from the past few weeks, especially after last Thursday’s late collapse against the Los Angeles Kings at home.
Phenom Sebastian Aho jumped all over Philly early, notching two goals in the first period alone. He then added another in the second for his first career hat trick. Congrats Sea Bass!
Jeff Skinner scored his 18th on the season in the second. And our very own All-Star Justin Faulk knocked one in on a power play in the third.
The Flyers — more like LOSERS — got their only score of the game from Brayden Schenn in the third on PP. Psh.
Cliff Notes: Well, I’m so excited we finally won again that I pretty much told you the whole story. The Canes were in the driver’s seat throughout. But I should also mention the defense played lights out, too.
Philly only managed 16 shots on the net the whole night, a marked improvement from the 30+ a game we were allowing during that five-game slide. And it seemed to get under their skin, too.
Player of the Game: C’maaaan. No question. Take a look:
Aho also tallied an assist with Teuvo on Faulk’s goal for his fourth point of the game. Oustanding, young man, outstanding.
Storm Category: 5. Yep. A devastating five. The team was firing on all cylinders. They are tough to beat when they combine that kind of offense with smothering D.
Forecast: From here on out, I’m just going to obsessively look at the Wild Card race after each game. The Hurricanes are now 22-20-7.
So as you may remember from my speculative piece last week, the Flyers were sitting on the final Wild Card spot. That is still the case, but we are now two points closer.
Here’s where things stand. It’s 10:30 at night and I’m too lazy to create a table.
- PHL – 56 points
- TOR – 55 points
- FLA – 54 points
- NYI – 53 points
- CAR – 51 points
- NJ – 51 points
- TB – 50 points
- BUF – 49 points
- DET – 49 points
Playoff chances took a hit thanks to that losing streak — 17% chance of getting in compared to high 20s last week.
Next up are our old friends from 2006, the Edmonton Oilers, Friday at 7:30 at PNC. Keep it up.
Sebastian Aho photo credit Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes.