RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes put on a controlling performance Thursday, shutting out the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-0.
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1) Grabbing Control Of The Game Early
So often we hear about teams being ready to go from the opening puck drop and tonight the Canes were that.
Kicked off by a strong shift from the line of Nino Niederreiter, Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast, the Canes were able to seemingly execute their game plan exactly how they hoped. They dictated where the game was played, when the game was played and how it was played over the entirety of the first 40 minutes.
TO sebastian aho power play goal 3:48 in was the only offense the team would have needed all night, but the foot remained on the gas, adding another first period marker from Andrey Svechnikov.
In the second they produced a single-period season high 26 shots on goal, peppering Jake Allen from all angles.
While the third period wasn’t quite the same as the first two, they’d done enough to essentially have it in cruise control until the finish.
Video: MTL@CAR: Aho tips in Teravainen’s shot for PPG
2) Show Love For The Goalies
Calm, cool and consistent throughout, frederik andersen made the exceptional feel regular once again tonight.
With his team controlling possession at the other end of the ice for the majority of the first 40 minutes, the All-Star’s tests were sporadic, but when he was needed, he was there.
Then in the final frame of regulation the game kind of flipped upside on Andersen, forced to backstop three penalty kills and turn away seven of Montreal’s ten high danger chances on the night.
But when the final horn sounded it was 32/32 for #31, claiming his fourth shutout of the season.
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3) Points In Six Straight
Dating back to last Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team has now taken at least a point in their last six contests.
Although there was the hardship last Thursday night against Dallas, there’s been a consistency in the way that the team has played of late, which is incredibly encouraging as we now enter the final calendar month of the regular season.
The goal scoring is certainly there, scoring an average of over four per night during the stretch.
The defence? Allowing an average of just two.
And as tonight exemplified, the goaltending is certainly rolling as well.
Not a bad way to go into April.
Video: MTL@CAR: Teravainen buries Aho’s short pass
They Said It:
Tony DeAngelo on what he liked about tonight’s effort:
“It all starts with Jordo’s line and the way they hold the puck down low. It starts tiring other teams out and then the next line comes out and they do it and the next line comes out and they do it. It’s a lot of volume , right? When it happens to you, you’re getting tired. We do a really good job of it and I think we did a really good job at the start tonight. That’s our identity and we stuck to it.”
Rod Brind’Amour offering his thoughts on another outstanding evening from Andersen:
“We want to get to where we want to get to and that position needs to be solid as rock. He’s been great, Rants has been great. It’s comforting. You’re going to have your breakdowns and you’re going to have your mistakes, when you can suddenly cover them up, that’s big. Even tonight. We didn’t give up much, but there’s little things and those are going to happen. He shuts the door and we keep moving on. He was big.”
frederik andersen touching on the penalty kill and what’s made them so successful:
“Everyone is buying in and that’s huge. Everyone’s out there with a purpose. You see a lot of times [the opposing team’s power play] doesn’t even get to get in the zone and set up. We’re already on them and denying their entries. Those have been big keys. Some good blocked shots don’t hurt either.
The Canes are scheduled to practice Friday before taking on the Minnesota Wild Saturday for Military Appreciation Night.
- An empty net goal by Svechnikov to conclude the effort was his 200th National Hockey League point.
- Tonight’s tally for Aho moved him into a tie with Jeff O’Neill for the third-most goals all-time in franchise history with 176. Next up? Jeff Skinner at 204.
- Both Aho and Teravainen moved their point streaks to six games.
- Tonight was the second time the Canes have shut out Montreal this season. Antti Raanta had a 26-save clean sheet back on December 30.
- With the win Carolina also completed the season sweep of Montreal, outscoring them 12-1.
- The Canes now move to 45-15-8 on the year.
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