With Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm back in the fold, the Carolina Hurricanes’ offense is now sneaky-deep. There was nothing sneaky about their win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, though.
Just consider the flow of this game:
First period: Carolina goes up 1-0, game gets tied, Hurricanes regain lead at 2-1. No big deal.
Second period:Sven Baertschi scores his second goal of the game, gets an assist and Vancouver rattles off four unanswered goals for a 5-2 lead. Vancouver scored three times in less than five minutes.
Third period: The Hurricanes scored four goals through the first six minutes, then Jordan Staal scored what would be the game-winner 12:38 into the third. Brandon Sutter made it closer at 7-6, but Lee Stempniak‘s empty-netter ended it at 8-6. There was only one penalty in this period, too, so this wasn’t just weird because of special teams.
The “deep” thing does carry over, too.
Yes, there were some multi-point nights, but seven different Hurricanes scored a goal. From Justin Faulk (goal, two assists) to Derek Ryan (three assists) and Jeff Skinner (two goals), plenty of promising young players reminded us of why this team is considered an interesting “dark horse” in the East.
As far as the Canucks are concerned? PHT’s own Cam Tucker wonders if this is one of those explosive games that could cost someone their job.
I remember that embarrassing third-period loss to the Islanders near end of Gillis Era. This collapse every bit as epic. What happens next?
You could argue that the Chicago Blackhawks allowed Raanta to leave because they were confident in Darling, and you could also argue that Darling got the best of Raanta in a 2-1 win for the Blackhawks against the Rangers on Tuesday.
Darling made some daring saves, stopping 33 of 34 shots, while Raanta gave up that one extra goal. In the case of tonight, it was this silky, soupy pass by Brian Campbell leading to a nice Artem Anisimov game-winner:
These Blackhawks – Rangers games have been tight at MSG lately, and this game was no exception.
It certainly wasn’t a bad night from Raanta, but chances are pretty strong that the Rangers will go back to Henrik Lundqvist after this loss. Darling simply was just that good, and he’s been a rock for Chicago with Corey Crawford out in a less voluntary fashion.