Two nights ago, the Eric Staal was in town with the Wild with the Canes winning that game. And this night, Peter Laviolette, coach of the Canes in 2006 when they won the Stanley Cup, was in town as the Canes were hosting another playoff bound team, the Nashville Predators.
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Eric Staal and his Minnesota Wild team are one of the top teams in the west and if they win their game against the Canes, they would have leap frogged Chicago as the top team in the west. This was EStaal’s second trip to the PNC Arena wearing a visitor’s uniform, the first being last year shortly after he was traded to the NY Rangers with the Canes winning that game 4-1. Once again, the Canes beat EStaal’s team, this time by a 3-1 score.
The Carolina Hurricanes and NY Islanders played the back end of a home-and-home series Tuesday at the PNC Arena after a wild 8-4 Canes win the night before. Jaccob Slavin scored a hat trick with Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk added two goals each and Joakim Nordstrom adding a solo shot. Tuesday saw the Canes go up by two goals only to squander the lead and eventually lose in overtime.
The Carolina Hurricanes last game at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs was a poor outing in a 4-0 loss so both pride, and possibly a few words from the coaching staff, would hopefully have a different outcome. The effort was certainly there but the execution came just that short as the Canes lost 3-2 in overtime.
The Carolina Hurricanes had a forgetful two-game road trip out west, losing to two of the worst teams in the NHL, only to return to the PNC Arena to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in an exciting game Thursday, March 9, 2017. The Rangers beefed up their team for a deep playoff run and it’s not that they took the Canes lightly, it’s more that the Canes again played to the level of their opponents.
It wasn’t the prettiest or most physical game you’ll ever see but the effort was present on some players while lacking for others.
While the Carolina Hurricanes got one victory over the weekend, their chances of going to the playoffs melted with one loss too many on Sunday.
The Carolina Hurricanes lost to the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1 for their fifth straight loss and dimming the light on any chance of making the wild card spot for the playoffs.
The Carolina Hurricanes had a hard weekend with two losses, including one particularly nasty one against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Canes held on after an early leady for a tight 2-1 win over the same franchise they won the Stanley Cup over back in 2006.