While seeing the Carolina Hurricanes finally snag a win in regulation is a good thing, it comes with a little disappointment.
With their defeat of the New York Rangers, Carolina has done a little to prevent a collapse in team morale. It was finally a game where the Hurricanes were forechecking, making passes and playing with confidence in transition. These keys have been the simple things missing from Carolina’s game. Furthermore, Cam Ward actually looked competent in net, something that hasn’t happened in a long time.
Where this becomes bittersweet is when one asks, “Where has this been all this time?”
Carolina looked fluid and calculated as they solved Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with little trouble. So why was this so much trouble in the past? Why have they been taking awful penalties, wasting power plays and refusing to play with any sort of chemistry?
It’s a win like this one over the Rangers that should make Hurricanes fans kick the nearest sofa. For the same team — save for an injured Justin Faulk — to play like they just learned how to skate for three weeks and then come out and get a win like this one is unacceptable.
The win should be a boost for both team and fans, however, it cannot be another flash in the pan. As streaky as the Hurricanes have been, this style of play needs to continue all the way through the rest of the season. The last Metropolitan Division playoff spot is still not out of reach, and being at the top of the top of their game is the only way the Hurricanes will end up there.
With the Buffalo Sabres coming to Raleigh on Friday night, it’s an easy opportunity to turn one win into two and start another roll that could easily carry into the playoffs.