Charlotte Checkers call ups made their mark for the Carolina Hurricanes in the game against the Washington Capitals last night. The young guys really stepped up in the 4-1 victory as Justin Peters earned his second career shutout against the Capitals and Riley Nash also stood out as one of the team’s best players.
When Cam Ward tragically fell to a lower body injury, Peters was called up to be the Hurricanes backup goalie behind Dan Ellis. Peters has earned this chance by winning 22 games so far in the AHL and posting sweet numbers too.
Kirk Muller made a wise choice starting Peters against the Capitals since he had a shutout against them last season. This decision worked out as Peters posted another shutout and won the game 4-0. His play was solid the entire night and showed how he has improved from seasons past. With Ellis also playing like a starter, the Canes could use these two goalies as a nice tandem and keep the team at the top of the Southeast Division.
The Hurricanes offense was led by rookie Nash, who had his second two goal game of the season. After being called up earlier in the season, Nash has played like a valuable third line center with some scoring touch. He really looks like the perfect fit for a third line that has struggled to create depth scoring.
Dependable veteran Patrick Dwyer also had a goal and an assist working well with Nash. Muller added Chris Terry to the line too, a guy who had chemistry with Nash in Charlotte. Terry scored his first NHL goal the game before and provided some nice offensive talent to the line. This line had an outstanding contribution to the game and will look to do it again when the Canes play Washington again on Thursday.