If last night was supposed to be a new "chapter" in Carolina's season, then it got off to a lousy start. The story about this game will likely be focused around Cam Ward's struggles and the team's third period collapse, but they were on life support even before allowing four goals in that frame. New Jersey significantly outplayed them for 2/3 of the game and eventually got rewarded for it in the third when the Hurricanes were on their heels and could not handle anything the Devils brought at them. The Hurricanes had extreme difficulty getting the puck out of their zone and the times they did, they were either clogged up in the middle of the ice or had to play dump-and-chase to get through the Devils defense. Their play away from the puck in the defensive zone was also atrocious, as they were losing puck battles left and right and leaving New Jersey forwards open in the process. They had some stretches of good play, but the Hurricanes were mostly a comedy of errors last night and the third period was the icing on the leftover Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
It's easy to pin this one on Ward because he let in a couple of soft goals and was far from being in form, but the team in front of him was twice as bad and it's hard to put 100% of the blame on him when you look at how poorly the Hurricanes were outplayed.no comments