Tracking the Storm: Analysis
-- For the second time in five days, the Detroit Red Wings edged the Carolina Hurricanes, this time by a score of 2-0, as they claim victory in the three-game season series.
"It’s a tight game both ways," Ron Hainsey said. "You saw that Tuesday, and you saw that tonight.”
"Didn’t score. Obviously no chance to win if you don’t score," head coach Bill Peters said. "Give them credit. They played hard and defended well."
-- The Hurricanes were aiming to finish the season on a positive note, but the Red Wings, who are bound for their astonishing 24th consecutive postseason appearance, had different ideas.
The Red Wings dented the scoreboard early in the game – 48 seconds to be exact – and that would be all they would need to secure two points tonight. Landon Ferraro, playing in his seventh career NHL game, scored his first NHL goal on a wrap-around play, as he tucked the puck in near side past Cam Ward.
"Our start wasn’t the best, but I thought we came back pretty good to create a lot of chances to at least tie the game and maybe win it, too," Elias Lindholm said.
"We had enough chances to score. It was pretty competitive," Eric Staal said. "They checked hard, and we got better as the game went on."
Joakim Andersson added an empty-net tally with still over two minutes left to play to seal Detroit’s victory.
-- The Hurricanes kept pace with the Red Wings as far as shot attempts were concerned, as the two were virtually equal for much of the game (66-58 edge for the Hurricanes). Petr Mrazek was the difference, as he stopped 25 shots in his 16th win of the season.
"I don’t think we made it hard enough on their goalie. He obviously played pretty good, but I had a couple chances there. He was pretty good, but we’ve got to make it tougher for him," Lindholm said. "There’s not a lot of room out there. They play a pretty similar game. You have to be aware and know what to do with the puck before you get it. It was a tight game."
"It was just a tight game. Not a lot of room. We had to execute better with our passing and create more zone time in their end. They did a good job of playing the way they wanted, and we didn’t make enough passes to get down to their end," Staal said. "I still think we created enough chances to score. We just didn’t."
The Canes had a power play late in the third period, their second of two on the night, but they could not locate the game-tying tally.
"It was a good effort," Hainsey said. "We have to get one to win a game. Their goaltender played well, but we had plenty of opportunities to score. We just weren’t able to beat the goaltender when we had the opportunity."
"There were some chances," Peters said. "I don’t think there were a ton either way, but we had enough to get on the board and go from there."
-- So ends the 2014-15 regular season. The Hurricanes finish at 30-41-11 with 71 points. Thanks to all who followed along on the web throughout the season. Stay tuned to CarolinaHurricanes.com during the summer for plenty more, and we hope to see you back in October for more Hurricanes hockey.