After a heartbreaking loss last night at home for the Carolina Hurricanes against the New York Rangers, the Hurricanes looked to bounce back vs. the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey but ended up just finding more heartbreak.
Down 4-1 to the Devils in the second period, the Hurricanes were able to score a goal to make it 4-2 before the end of the period. Then in the third period the Hurricanes scored two more goals, three unanswered goals, to come all the way back and tie the Devils at four in the later stages of the third period.
However, not even a minute after the Hurricanes’ game-tying goal, the Hurricanes luck took a huge turn for the worse. The Devils’ newest addition from the Hurricanes during the trade deadline, Tuomo Ruutu, scored to give the Devils a 5-4 lead. The goal turned out to be the game winner.
You just cannot make this stuff up. The Hurricanes came all the way back, from a three-goal deficit to tie the game, just to lose and not even get a point in the standings. The player who did them in was on their team just a week ago.
With this loss, the Hurricanes are now eight points out of a playoff spot with only 18 games remaining. These last two heartbreaking losses could prove to be very costly to the Hurricanes’ season as they are running out of time. There is really no margin for error so if the Hurricanes want to make the playoffs this season they will have to start some type of a run beginning next game because while eight points with 18 games left sounds very possible, you have to take into account that the Hurricanes have to jump over five teams as well to capture the last playoff spot.
The Hurricanes definitely have their work cut out for them, and blowing leads and coming back to only lose and not even get a point is not the way to go.