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Canes Cap Homestand with 3-2 Shootout Victory

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 11:05 PM

Tracking the Storm: Analysis

-- The Carolina Hurricanes capped off their season-long, five-game homestand in dramatic fashion on Friday night, claiming a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Canes captured nine of a possible 10 points over the last 10 days, vaulting them into sole possession of third place in the Metropolitan Division. “I’m just really proud of the effort,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “They’re playing hard and earning it.”

-- In the shootout, the Canes got goals from Riley Nash and Chris Terry, and Justin Peters “mixed in a save,” as he put it, as the team secured its first victory in the skills competition in four tries this season. It marked their first shootout win since a 4-3 decision over the Islanders on April 23, 2013. “That was an exciting one to finally get one for the boys in the shootout. I mixed in a save, and the boys came up huge,” Peters said. “The Charlotte Checkers connection there.”

-- Peters was unable to make a save against the Minnesota Wild in the shootout on Saturday, and he talked with goaltending coach Greg Stefan afterward on what adjustments he could make -- all between the ears. “I just wanted to try and relax and have a little bit more fun out there,” he said. “Sometimes you get in the shootout and get a little tense, so tonight I just tried to relax a little more.”

-- During the team’s five-game homestand, Peters stopped 138 of 144 shots (.958 save percentage), posted a 1.16 goals-against average and did not record a regulation loss in five straight games, a new career high. “He’s battled through it, and he’s playing good hockey right now. Great game tonight,” Muller said. “He found a way to get the win, and I think a lot of guys in that room are really happy for him.”

-- Terry on Peters: “I’ve known Petey for a long time, and he’s the hardest-working guy I’ve seen,” he said. “I know he can do it. I know it’s in him. It’s great to see the work ethic is paying off, and he’s playing tremendous up here.”

-- Terry has now notched goals in two straight shootouts, and it was the same move he utilized on Saturday against Minnesota: forehand, backhand, shelf. “I just told myself to go in, make your move and stick by it, whether it goes in or not,” he said. “It’s a fun time for us. You get a clear-cut breakaway. You can go in as fast or as slow as you want. One-on-one with the goalie, there’s nothing better.”

-- More Terry, on his strategy going into the skills competition: “I like to watch the first shooter go and judge from there what move is going to work on him,” he said. “II just watched how far he came out when Nasher and Semin came in. I just tried to see, laterally, which way he was going to slide, and I got to see that in Semin’s (move).”

-- In regulation, the Canes got goals from Eric Staal and Drayson Bowman. Staal’s goal came after Semin dangled at the blue line and cruised through the slot, firing a quick wrister at the net. Tuomo Ruutu provided the screen, and the puck look to glance off Staal’s midsection and in. Bowman’s goal came as a result of a power drive to the front of the net, as he stuffed the puck in past Viktor Fasth. For Bowman, it was his best game as a Hurricane this season. “It’s a process for some young guys to learn how to play the game in the NHL the right way. We’ve been pushing him, and he’s been doing a great job,” Muller said of Bowman. “When you play the right way, you usually get results if you have the skills to go with it.”

-- The Hurricanes will now take their five-game point streak on the road, as they face the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night in the second half of a back-to-back set. The key to snatching another couple of points in a cross-conference game? Being structured, disciplined and smart defensively; that’s what has worked over the last 10 days. “The details, the mindset and the mentality in here,” Peters said about what is different in the locker room. “Staalsy has been preaching it all along, Manny came in and and has been preaching it every night, drilling it into the guys. Coach has been preaching it -- stick to the process, and you get rewarded. The proof is in the pudding.”

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