The Hurricanes managed to put together one of their best defensive efforts of the season last night and they somehow did it with a depleted blue-line corps. They held the Maple Leafs to only seven scoring chances at even strength (six excluding empty net situations) and only 10 chances overall. Part of the reason for their success was having their top-nine be relentless on the forecheck for most of the game and trapping the Leafs in their own zone. The plan worked out quite well as Toronto's offensive chances were very limited and the Hurricanes dominated both the shot and chance count.
Carolina played a terrific game but the Leafs were also horrible in their own regard and that has to be taken into account. Sure, a reason why the Leafs played so poorly is because of how well Carolina was able to bottle them up at even strength but you'll struggle to find a team who played worse than Toronto did last night. On the bright side, the Hurricanes won a few games on the road trip despite not playing their best hockey and last night, they played went back to dominating their opponent at even strength and played one of their best games of the season.no comments