Tracking the Storm: Analysis
-- After securing two points in Washington with a game-winning goal in the third period, the Carolina Hurricanes flew back on Raleigh to face the Los Angeles Kings for the first time since Feb. 4, 2012. The shootout decided the extra point for the Kings in a 2-1 victory for the visitors, but the Canes will gladly take the one point, as they’ve collected six now through five games. “I thought it was a real gutsy effort for our guys coming off that hard-fought game in Washington last night,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “We didn’t get the extra point, but three out of four is pretty good.”
-- For 53 minutes and 26 seconds, the game was scoreless, with either team not giving up much in terms of time or space with the puck. Then, Dwight King took a strange bounce off the boards in the neutral zone and capitalized on a shorthanded goal to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. Exactly 40 seconds later, Jeff Skinner scored on the same man advantage to tie the game. “It’s been tough the last couple of games. We haven’t been able to create much on the PP,” Skinner said. “If you don’t score, you at least want to get momentum.”
-- After Skinner scored – he deposited a rebound off an Andrej Sekera point shot in the back of the net – he skated over to Ron Hainsey, who unintentionally clotheslined him. “I’ve got to keep my head up on celebrations, I guess,” Skinner joked.
-- Cam Ward made 36 saves in his third start of the season, raising his save percentage to .920 and dipping his goals-against average down to 2.87. “I felt real good. I gave us a chance, and that’s what I need to do,” he said. “I needed to rebound after Pittsburgh, and you’ve got to earn your ice time. I would have liked to have gotten the win, but we’ll strive for that next time.”
-- Muller said that being able to roll out too very capable goaltenders in a back-to-back situation is most certainly a positive. “Our goaltending has been really strong the last two nights. Because of it, we had an opportunity to win both games,” he said. “That’s a great one-two punch, and that was a really good hockey game tonight.”
-- The Canes’ penalty kill remains perfect at home: 3-for-3 tonight and 8-for-8 on the season. The team had a humungous big kill in overtime with Jay Harrison being whistled for hooking. “We had a solid PK all throughout the game,” Jordan Staal said. “We’re happy with the effort to get the one (point).”
-- After being healthy extras in Carolina’s first four games of the season, Kevin Westgarth and Mike Komisarek drew into the lineup tonight in place of Riley Nash and Ryan Murphy. Westgarth logged over six-and-a-half minutes of ice time, and Komisarek played 14:14 and was credited with two hits, both of the vintage hip variety. “We’re trying to get everyone feeling like they’re engaged and a part of it, and it was good to get them in because they’re good team guys, and I thought they did a good job tonight,” Muller said.
-- Elias Lindholm left the game twice with what looked to be a shoulder injury. The second time he was hit and skated off the ice, he did not return. Officially, it’s an upper-body malady, and Muller did not provide an update on the 18-year-old after the game.
-- Having secured three of four points in the team’s first of 20 back-to-back scenarios this season, the Canes now look to hosting another Western Conference opponent in Phoenix on Sunday. “Just picking up points here and there is key. But it’s the way we did it,” Muller said. “These games are what your teams grow on and build together. I was really pleased with the effort.”
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeff Carter scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center on Friday night.
Quick improved to 32-18 lifetime in shootouts; Ward is 11-23.
The Kings had a 4-on-3 power play in overtime after Jay Harrison was whistled for hooking Mike Richards. But Carolina cleared the puck four times and held the Kings without a shot on goal.
Ward (36 saves) and Quick (27 saves) staged a goaltending duel for more than 53 minutes before each team scored in a 40-second span.
Dwight King put the Kings ahead when he shorthanded at 13:26 of the third period, but Carolina's Jeff Skinner banged home a rebound for a power-play goal at 14:06. Both goals came with L.A.'s Jarret Stoll in the penalty box for hooking.
The teams played a scoreless first period. The Kings had an early 6-2 advantage in shots on goal, but the game quickly bogged down. Each team had one power play but had trouble generating offense.
The second period didn't result in many more scoring chances, although the Kings held a 13-8 advantage in shots on goal. The Hurricanes had the only power-play chance of the period, but Quick stopped two shots to keep the game scoreless through 40 minutes.
Hurricanes rookie Elias Lindholm, who scored his first NHL goal Thursday night in Washington, left the game early in the second period after a hard check in the corner and did not return.
Friday night's game marked the first time that Hurricanes forward Brett Sutter played against a team coached by his father, Darryl Sutter. Brett, chosen in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Draft, has played 42 games in five seasons with the Flames and Hurricanes.
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