CANES WIN!!! For this 1st time in the 2014-2015 NHL season the Hurricanes get a win and its the first win since April 13, 2014! Coming off a rough road trip; the Hurricanes returned home for the first time since hosting Buffalo on October 14th. After a couple days of rest the Hurricanes welcomed Patrick Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe back to the lineup and saw Alexander Semin as a healthy extra when they hosted Arizona for the 3rd home game of the season.
Right from puck drop the Hurricanes were playing like they had something to prove and looked like a different team and the message from the coaching staff on performance was well received. Hurricanes put a total of 35 shots on goal, had an effective penalty kill and power play, as well as a huge net presence on the offense and defense ends. Elias Lindholm got his first 2 goals of the season and Juri Tlusty got a power play goal to make the 3-0 and that was also his 6th of the season and team leading goal.
|Cam Ward #1 Star|
Cam Ward looked like the Cam Ward of old; stopping all 25 shots and getting his first shutout since March 2012. This was a big confidence booster not only for Ward but for the team as a whole. Another standout performance tonight was that of Justin Faulk; tonight was one of his better nights of the season. He finished the game with 2 assists and 4 takeaways. That was after take a puck to the chin;
going to the dressing room to get repairs and coming back with a full cage.
Quick turn around the Hurricanes will host the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings in a back-to-back situation tomorrow at 5pm.
Three Stars of the Night
1. Cam Ward – Shutout
2. Elias Lindholm – 2 goals
3. Justin Faulk – 2 Assist
1st Period: Elias Lindholm (1) ASST Bellemore (1) Gerbe (1)
Elias Lindholm (2) ASST Nash (4) Faulk (3)
2nd Period: Juri Tlusty (6) ASST E. Staal (3) Faulk (4)
3rd Period: None