Tracking the Storm: Analysis
-- The Carolina Hurricanes found a way. Despite seeing an apparent goal taken off the board and finding the back of the net on just one of their seven power plays, the Canes extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask scored the team’s first two goals, while Elias Lindholm tallied in the game-winning goal in the last 40 seconds of overtime. Cam Ward the game-winning tally. Cam Ward made 29 saves in his fourth straight win.
"We knew they were going to come back hungry, and they were. They played hard. It was physical and tight at times, but I liked the resiliency we showed. We stayed with it and continued to battle," Eric Staal said. "We were able to come out with an important two points.
-- The Canes’ power play was 0-for-6 on the night heading into overtime. Then Elias Lindholm came streaking down the wing on an odd-man rush and beat Curtis McElhinney on a 4-on-3 man advantage to secure the victory. Lindholm now has points (4g, 2a) in four straight games, and Jay Harrison passed along the fireman's helmet to the 19-year-old.
"He's a real smart player. If you continue to work and work through your troubles, you get rewarded in the end. He didn't take any shortcuts, and he was physical tonight," Peters said. "You do good things and you get rewarded."
Lindholm said he thought about passing on the odd-man rush but knew he had to shoot once the defenseman took away the passing lane.
"That was our best period, the third period," Peters said. "Roddy had a good idea there [on the power play in overtime]. He wanted to go with four forwards and we used our timeout. It paid off."
-- Victor Rask scored a beauty of a goal to knot this game at two. He dangled with the puck up to the top of the far circle and scored on a bullet of a wrist shot that found its way through a screen.
"Victor I thought was real good here tonight and possibly our best forward," Peters said.
Jeff Skinner scored his second goal of the season in the second period to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead, marking the fourth consecutive game in which Carolina has netted the first goal of the game. After defenseman Dalton Prout brutally misplayed the puck in front of his own net, Skinner picked his pocket and deposited a backhander behind McElhinney.
"It was nice to have a lot of guys involved, and we came out with a big one," Staal said.
"I think we are working harder. We've got a couple guys back, and that's given us a boost," Lindholm said. "Wardo has been playing unbelievably in net."
-- The Hurricanes appeared to score first-period power-play goal when Alexander Semin poked in a loose puck in the crease. It was indeed initially ruled a goal, but the officials conferred and wiped the scoreboard clean, asserting (as we would discover later) that Semin had pushed McElhinney into the net along with the puck. It’s play that’s not reviewable, so that was that, and the game remained scoreless for the time being.
The rule cited on the decision was 78.5, which states: “Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save.” I think the argument could be made that the puck was simply loose in the crease – which it was – and it was poked in, with or without McElhinney following suit.
-- Tim Gleason was not in the lineup due to an upper-body injury, becoming the sixth different Hurricane to miss a game this season due to injury.
-- Tonight was the first half of a back-to-back set for the Canes, their fourth of 14 this season. They’ll take on the Capitals on Saturday night in Washington in an 8 p.m. faceoff.