Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals goes down as one of the most exciting Carolina games I have seen this year. With 85 combined shots and 44 scoring chances between both teams, you would expect an exciting contest. However, "exciting" and "good hockey" are not synonymous and this certainly was a sloppy played game by both teams. There was a lot of bad defense, poor puck-handling (although it was par for the course for Verizon Center) and careless turnovers that led to odd-man rushes. It makes for an entertaining game but it's not the kind of hockey I would like to see Carolina play on a regular basis. In the end, the Canes took advantage of their opportunities and got the job done in overtime despite being outchanced 25-19.
Washington is not the team you want to give up 25 scoring chances against but Cam Ward came up big when he needed to and Carolina turned just about every Washington miscue into something positive, including three goals. The final one being Justin Faulk's game-winner. It was a thrilling game and a nice win but the Hurricanes are going to need to clean up their play in the defensive zone because giving up 40+ shots and 20+ chances at even strength per game isn't going to lead to many win streaks.no comments