WHATCHA GONNA DO, BROTHER?!
Alright, maybe Carolina didn’t run that wild on Minnesota. I really just wanted to work that play on words into the title. But the Hurricanes did score a 3-1 win at home Thursday night over Eric Staal and the Wild. If you haven’t been paying attention, despite being mired in a three-game losing streak, the Wild are good. So good, in fact, they are one point out of the Western Conference lead.
But they were no match for the mighty 13th place Canes! Let’s get to the highlights!
Clad in the black alternate uniforms that Fitz designed back during the 2002 playoffs — a fact the organization needs to acknowledge publicly — it was the Canes who drew first blood.
Derek Ryan picked up his 11th goal of the season during a first-period power play. He stuffed in a rebound off a Noah Hanifan shot.
Minnesota tied it up later in the period. Carolina owned a man advantage but turned it over in the Wild’s zone, leading to a pretty sick Mikael Granland goal off an assist from Mikko Koivu.
Neither team could find the back of the net in second and most of the third. But with 3:24 to go in the game, Victor Rask wove through traffic and beat Devan Dubnyk with the game-winner:
Tuevo Teravainen added an empty-netter to finish Minnesota off.
Category 4. This was a tough, gritty win against a really good opponent. Credit the Canes for not packing it in this season and battling. There is talent on this team and they can hang. Just have to put it all together for an entire season.
Cane of the Game
Goaltender Eddie Lack. Really strong performance from the back-up goalie tonight. 31 saves, including this absolute monster that probably saved the game early in the third:
The Nashville Predators at PNC Saturday night. We’ll see ya then.
Eddie Lack photo credit Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes.