The "first" game at the newly christened PNC Arena was a great one as the Hurricanes and Blues had themselves a good old fashioned goaltender duel between Cam Ward and Brian Elliott. Both netminders were tested plenty and played well enough to give their teams a chance to win but in the end, Carolina came out on top and Ward earned his 200th win with a 40-save shutout performance. He certainly did his part to keep this game tied at zero for the first two periods and the offense eventually came through for him in the third period with two goals.
This was a pretty odd game because despite a quarter of it being played at special teams, nothing too drastic happened as a result. The Blues and Hurricanes both had five powerplays a piece and neither scored on any of them. That doesn't happen too often so both teams should consider themselves lucky to get out of that mess relatively unscathed, and the Hurricanes should be glad that going 0/5 of the powerplay didn't come back to hurt them in the end like it has many times this year.
Solid win for the Canes against one of the best possession teams in the league. They were outshot 40-30 but they lowered the amount of chances they were giving up at even strength, got the goaltending they needed and the offense showed up at the right time. They also got a solid performance from the top line for the first time in about a week. Lots of things to feel good about with this win that we'll dive into after the jump.no comments