After a bad first period, the Carolina Hurricanes fought to get back in the game with the help of their top players. Despite this effort, the Hurricanes crumbled in the third period and lost their seventh game in a row against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was not happy after the team’s sixth loss in a row against the Winnipeg Jets. Staal went into the game determined and ready to put up the effort the team needed. After the Canes were down by two, Staal scored a beautiful shorthanded goal on a breakaway. It looked almost exactly like his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning when he used the same five hole shot on the breakaway.
The pressure was put on Alexander Semin this week when he agreed to a five year $35 million deal to extend his contract. Semin was definitely worth the money tonight with a goal and an assist. He fed Staal a perfect pass for his shorthanded breakaway goal and sniped a fantastic power play goal to tie the game.
Jordan Staal followed his brother’s footsteps roofing a nice wrist shot to give the Canes their first lead of the night. Staal used his speed to beat the Maple Leafs forwards and strength to hold the puck past the defensemen. Tuomo Ruutu earned his first point of the season on the goal after being held out most of the season due to a lower body injury.
Although there were multiple positives that came out of the game, the Hurricanes have continued their downward spiral. If things don’t change soon, they may not be able to claim the playoff spot they were expected to earn this season.