Though Justin Peters has played just three games for the Carolina Hurricanes, he’s been able to help the ‘canes keep the lead in the Southeast Division race despite being without the services of injured typical starter Cam Ward. His budding record of 2-1-0 includes the show he put on last night as Carolina shut the Washington Capitals out 4-0.
That win, by the way, was his second career shutout–he got his first one last season in a call-up to Carolina. Interestingly, that inaugural shutout was also against Washington.
“”It’s a lot of fun just to get an opportunity to play in this league, and every time I get an opportunity I want to try and take advantage of it,” he said postgame. He’s been shuttling between Raleigh and Charlotte, NHL and AHL, for a while now and what’s bad for the Ward is good for the Peters since he at least gets a more extended audition.
While Peters was keeping the door slammed shut and padlocked on the other end, the Hurricanes were helping him out by getting scoring from some unlikely sources. As the sticks of team top scorers like Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner remained silent, Riley Nash scored his second and third of the season in the second period, coming incredibly close to a hat trick. Joe Corvo actually got the scoring started–which is a bit of a shock to me because I remember his less-than-fantastic time with the Boston Bruins–and Patrick Dwyer got a shorthanded empty net goal.
Peters has played fewer games than the other Ward substitute, Dan Ellis, but in that time he’s amassed a better record, higher save percentage and lower goals-against average than Ellis’ numbers. A game like the one last night, though, might help him get the nod from the coach even more often.