After last Saturday's loss to the St. Louis Blues, I said to myself that I would be okay with that game being the low-point of the season for Carolina. They were vastly outshot in that game and generated a total of five even strength scoring chances, which is pretty abysmal no matter who you are playing. Somehow, the Hurricanes have managed to outdo themselves and follow that game with two even worse performances against Boston & Detroit respectively and their re-match with the Bruins this afternoon was on-pace to be one of their worst games of the season.
Through two periods, the Hurricanes generated only 10 shots on goal and were being outchanced 12-3. This club has had a lot of trouble creating offense, but it takes a lot of effort (or lack thereof) to have that kind of output through 40 minutes of play. The Bruins simply looked like they were in a different league than the Hurricanes for most of the game and probably should have won this game in a blowout when taking that into consideration. The Hurricanes had trouble possessing the puck, sustaining a forecheck, creating chances, getting the puck out of their own zone and pretty much everything you need to do to win hockey games. Yet, Carolina managed to escape Boston with a point and most of that is due to the play of goaltender Cam Ward.
Ward made 35 saves and managed to keep the Hurricanes in the game, most of his shining moments coming in the second period where they were under siege and outshot 12-4. Every team has a game where their goaltender needs to steal a point or two for them and Ward was able to do that tonight with his performance. The team in front of him had to step up too, which they did in the third period, but this game was all about #30. This was the Cam Ward most were hoping to see this year and while it was nice to see him dialed in, the rest of the team has a ton of issues right now and they have about 20-some games to correct them.no comments