Generally speaking, the Hurricanes have done a pretty good job of outplaying their opponents this year or at least keeping things relatively even against them. The wins haven't been coming as often as fans would like but the Canes have had more good games than bad this year by my account. Tonight's game against Ottawa had all the makings of being one of the worst games the Canes have played all year. They gave up 47 shots, were outplayed at even strength and struggled to get the puck out of their zone for most of the game. Despite all of that, they were able to tie the game late in the third period on the back of a goal by Alexander Semin and finish off Ottawa in overtime.
The Hurricanes have been on the losing end of games likes this before, where they outplay the opposition for the majority of the game but end up taking the loss thanks to either bad luck, poor special teams or running into a hot goalie. Tonight, the Canes were outshot 47-26 but went perfect on the penalty kill, went 1/2 on the powerplay and Cam Ward came up big more than a few times in stopping 45 shots. It was definitely what most people would consider an "ugly win" but it's been awhile since the Hurricanes have won a game like this.
You don't want to make a habit out of winning games like this but the Hurricanes will take the two points regardless and move onwards towards a re-match with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.no comments