Last night the Carolina Hurricanes were able to record their second win since the All-Star break against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite having a terrible, awful first period, they were able to come away with a win.
If you looked up at the shot clock at about 8:15 left in the first, you would have seen a discomforting and embarrassing sight. The Carolina Hurricanes were being outshot 8 to 2. No way no how will you have any chance to win with only a deuce on the shot clock. Because the Hurricanes decided to play catch instead of shooting the puck on a powerplay, they surrendered a powerplay goal.
Nonetheless, the Hurricanes looked almost lymphatic in the first with their sloppy play. LA was obviously out hustling them in the first 20 minutes, but Kirk Muller's words between periods and Tim Gleason's fight before the end of the period may have sparked some fire inside the Canes. Carolina came out in the second period getting a shot on net within the first 30 seconds. About four minutes left the period Jiri Tlusty snaps it over Bernier's shoulder with a very nice goal.
The third period also belonged to Carolina with Jeff Skinner tallying the final goal for the Hurricanes on a backhand about 3 minutes into the period. It was doubtful that the Canes would rally back after such a poor performance in the first, but they managed to do so. If the Canes continue to play the way they did last night and before the break, we might see some more wins on the score sheet.