To quote the immortal Lou Brown: “It’s called a “winning streak”… It has happened before!”
Your Carolina Hurricanes are on a winning streak as of Saturday night. The #Redvolution was just too much for the soon-to-be-homeless New York Islanders. Ron Hainsey got the game-winner in OT to deliver a 5-4 win.
That makes it 6 points in three games for the Canes — a welcome turnaround following the All-Star Break. Saturday’s W was also a critical victory against a Metro division foe who had gotten past us in the Wild Card race. More on that later.
Cliff Notes: This was another high-scoring, see-saw affair. Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first thanks to Jaccob Slavin, but coughed it up less than a minute and a half alter. Anders Lee tied it up for Hartford, I mean, New York.
The action-packed second brought 5 — count ’em — 5 goals. Casey Cizikas put the Islanders ahead at 2:36. Carolina took the lead back on scores from Hainsey and Lee Stempniak. But Brock Nelson tied it up again with a minute to go in the period. BUT!
Teuvo Teravainen put the good guys in front yet again, 4-3, just before the horn.
While it seemed like momentum was on our side, Josh Bailey was able to put one in on a power play. That sent us to OT at 4-4. Then this happened:
Storm Category: 3. Good road win, but would have been nice to keep the Islanders from getting a point. Gave up too many goals, too. But, we’re keeping it rolling!
Player of the Game: Ron Hainsey.
What’s Next: I’m pleased with this bounceback streak after that ugly 5-game losing mess. The next immediate task is the damn Capitals on the road — not a great matchup for us. But let’s take a look at the wild card race as of 11:32 p.m. Saturday:
- NYR – 65
- PHL – 59
- TOR – 57
- FLA – 56
- CAR- 55
- NYI- 54
- NJ – 54
- DET – 53
- BUF – 52
- TB – 52
So tonight’s win was big — put us in front of the Islanders again and within four points of Philly, who lost in OT to the Kings Saturday. We’re right back in the thick of it but need to keep our foot on the gas.
Ron Hainsey Photo Credit: Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes