The Hurricanes win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night installed a lot of confidence in this team, they showed what they are capable of doing when everyone is playing to their ability. Despite underperforming for most of the season, the Hurricanes showed that they can be a team capable of hanging with some of the best clubs in the league and contending for a playoff spot. We've been down this road before, though because even in their worst seasons, the Canes had games where they were able to outplay some of the NHL's elite, but they never played at that level every night. This is what makes the rest of this road trip so important and more importantly, Monday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.
While their record doesn't show it, the Canucks are one of the better teams in the Western Conference and how the Hurricanes played them would be a good indicator of where this club is and if they can build on what they did on Friday night. They already played one game against Vancouver and managed to win the five-on-five battle but were brought down by terrible special teams. Did Monday's game have a better ending?
Unfortunately, no. Once again, the Hurricanes outshot and outchanced the Canucks at even strength but were shutout by rookie goaltender Eddie Lack. The Hurricanes didn't play as poorly as the final score indicates, but their offensive struggles reared their ugly head again and they had a difficult time getting through Vancouver's defense. Carolina played well enough to earn a point on Monday night, but a rocky first period and a goal that came off a bit of a fluky play had them going home empty-handed. There are worse losses, but this one was pretty frustrating to watch, much like the last game against Vancouver.no comments