Canes stun Sharks in Carolina

The Carolina Hurricanes are back at the top of the Metropolitan division, 1pt ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Canes’ night didn’t start as well as they’d hoped for, their first period was a torrid one, going in to the first intermission two goals down, thanks to Antti Suomela and Timo Meier.

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They came out for the second period looking like a completely different team, whatever head coach Rod Brind’Amour said in the locker room sure made them step up a gear.

Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal for the Carolina Hurricanes early in the second period to bring his team within one. Tomas Hertl scored shortly after to make Carolina chase a 3-1 deficit.

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Canes fans were not to worry though as Brock McGinn added a second for the home team after a defensive mistake from the visitors. Teuvo Teravainen then slotted home from Sebastian Aho to level things up. The assist means Aho has scored at least a point in all 10 of their games, leaving him a game shy of tying Ron Francis’ franchise record of 11 consecutive point scoring games.

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Neither team could capitalize in the third period resulting in overtime. Despite many close calls from both sides neither could win in that either, alas it was time for a shootout. Both goaltenders made some big saves, both seeing, to their horror and then relief, an effort hit off the piping. It was McGinn who saved the day, being the only player to score their penalty, leading the Canes to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

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Carolina play host to the NY Islanders on Sunday in a Metropolitan Division battle, whilst the San Jose Sharks travel to Anaheim to face the Ducks the same day.

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