The Carolina Hurricanes played host to the New York Rangers on Sunday evening. After a promising pre-season Canes fans were rightfully optimistic, but after two early goals they wouldn’t be blamed for thinking they were watching the same team from last season.
The big difference between the team of yesteryear and this season’s is that they no longer give up. After the initial two goals, anytime Carolina went a goal down they’d work to get one back. The variant being Rod Brind’Amour as head coach, you can clearly see his playing style coming through his team. By the end of the second it was four-a-piece.
Rod Brind’Amour has taken the approach of letting his players play the game the way they are and then sorting out the mistakes post-game, as to not distract the team whilst they’re on the ice. It seems to have worked as the Canes came out in the third period to score four goals to the Rangers one.
New York opened the scoring in the final period of play but couldn’t capitalize on a resurgent Hurricanes. Lucas Wallmark tied the game 5-5 with a wrist shot assisted by Jordan Martinook and second overall draft pick Andrei Svechnikov.
Five minutes later the 18 year old scored his first ever NHL goal and the PNC Arena went crazy. Less than a minute after than Warren Foegele added his second of the night before Teveo Teravainen scored an empty-netter for his first goal of the season and the Canes’ eight of the night. By the end of the night 13 different players had earned at least one point.
Hurricanes fans have waited years for their team to look as promising as this one, but they have stuck by their side and were rewarded last night when the players lined up on the blue line to perform a stick salute, before rushing the south end and banging against the sides in celebration.