Prospects Recap: Hurricanes 5, Red Wings 3
The Hurricanes’ rookie squad takes to the ice for their second game of the NHL Prospects Camp in Traverse City, MI, at 6:30 p.m., this time against the tournament host Detroit Red Wings. Monday has gone a lot like Sunday, just with things running a bit later in the day. The team’s relatively intense morning skate started at 11:30 a.m., as opposed to 9:30 on Sunday, and the team got a much longer mid-day nap with the 6:30 p.m. start time of today’s game.
As expected, there is a larger and more vibrant crowd for today’s game as Carolina is taking on the tournament-host Red Wings. Plus, it’s Labor Day – the assembled crowd likely enjoyed their day off, spending some time on the water or at a neighborhood cookout. What better way to top off Labor Day than with a hockey game featuring some of hockey’s best young players?
- Coach Jeff Daniels made no lineup changes following the team’s successful opening game against the Rangers, though it bears noting that forward Justin McCrae, while listed on the fourth line Sunday, did not play due to an injury suffered during the team’s practice on Saturday. He will sit out again today, so the Canes are skating with 19 – 11 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
- For anyone wondering – yes, defenseman Rasmus Rissanen, Carolina’s sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, is with the team and participating in practices, but he will not play in games due to a recent shoulder procedure.
- As expected, Mike Murphy will mind the nets in the Canes’ second game of the tournament. Murphy played well against the Rangers, and, with a few more quality outings here, should earn a trip to Carolina’s training camp and, more than likely, a spot on Albany’s roster to start 2009-10.
- Mike Murphy earned his meal money in the first period, stopping all 15 of the Red Wings’ shots. Detroit out-shot Carolina 15-5 in the opening frame, but Carolina arguably managed the best scoring chance of period when Zach Boychuk entered the zone and connected with Brandon Sutter at the top of the crease. Detroit (and former Notre Dame) goalie Jordan Pearce made the stop – luck of the (Fighting) Irish.
- Detroit strikes first at 4:39 of the second period. Johan Ryno from Dick Axelsson. Shots: Detroit 22, Carolina 8 at the time of the goal. Canes seem to be having a tough time generating offense.
- Detroit scores a power-play goal 6:31 into the second period with Canes defenseman Jamie McBain in the box for hooking – Brian Lashoff from Tomas Tatar and Jan Mursak.
- Carolina camp invitee Beau Schmitz takes a two-minute tripping penalty. Penalties strung so closely together often indicate fatigue, and the way Detroit has been skating in the first eight minutes of the second period, it seems Canes are back on their heels.
- Canes strike! Matthew Pistilli from Brandon Sutter at 10:56 of second (Shots 26-10 Detroit). 2-1 Detroit, but the tides seem to be turning a bit.
- Tomas Tatar takes an interference penalty 13:32 of second, giving the Canes their second power play of the period. Matt Kennedy scores as he tips a shot on the way through to Pearce’s net on the power play at 14:38 – assists to Stefan Chaput and Beau Schmitz.
- Tomas Tatar scores with 2.6 seconds remaining in the second frame to make it 3-2 Wings after two periods. The goal was unassisted, as Tatar skated around Carolina’s net, controlling the puck all the way, and unleashed a wrist shot from 15 feet to the left of Murphy.
- All things considered, the Hurricanes owned the second half of the second period, scoring twice and managing to hold the Wings to six shots in the final 15 minutes of the frame. Despite Detroit’s three goals, Murphy continues to play well and Carolina’s blueliners seem to have picked up their games.
- Harrison Reed from Stefan Chaput 1:34 of the third makes it 3-3!
- Drayson Bowman backhanded pass from behind the goal line to Zach Boychuk in the slot on the power play at 3:32 to make it 4-3 Canes! Defenseman Jamie McBain with the second assist. That was pretty.
- Chris Terry puts a bow on things with a goal at 18:38, giving Carolina a 5-3 win and moving the first-year tournament entrants to 2-0.
- Final shots: Carolina 20, Red Wings 36. Official score sheet
- The Hurricanes will have a practice at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday – an off day for tournament games. Carolina and Atlanta will face off in a Southeast Showdown, rookie tournament style, on the Huntington Bank rink on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.