On Tuesday, March 2, The Carolina Hurricanes faced the Nashville Predators in Tennessee. This was the Hurricane’s third win in a row. (Photo courtesy of 22Bet News)
The first period started off fast and competitive. Neither team could seem to score early on, but the Hurricanes challenged the Predator’s goalie, Juuse Saros, constantly.
Saros had many great saves, but the Hurricanes finally scored after 7 shot attempts and 7:25 left in the first period. This goal was assisted by Martin Necas with a fantastic pass to the middle. Wide-open, Sebastian Aho received this pass and scored to make it 1-0.
The Hurricanes did not waste any time before scoring their next goal. With about 4 minutes left in the first period, Dougie Hamilton scored from the middle of the ice on a power play.
The Predators didn’t give up though — with only a few minutes left in the first period, they kept challenging the Hurricanes defense. They had multiple very close shot attempts, but they couldn’t seem to score before the end of the first period.
The Predator’s offense came out strong in the second period, applying a lot of pressure on the Hurricanes. However, they could not secure a goal, and the Hurricanes utilized their great transition game to fight back.
Steven Lorentz scored a goal for the Hurricanes after only 5 minutes in the second period, increasing the team’s lead to 3. This was the first goal of his NHL career.
The rest of the second period was fairly uneventful, besides multiple fantastic saves by the Predator’s other goalie, Pekka Rinne.
Both teams started off aggressive in the third period, and the Predator’s defense was able to hold off the Hurricanes until they got a goal of their own.
The Predators scored on a power play with 14 minutes left in the third period. The goal was tipped in by Calle Jarnkrok after an amazing passing sequence and an assist by Nick Cousins.
The Hurricanes almost fired right back, but the Predators’ defense stopped them once again.
Wasting no time, Predators player Mattias Ekholm launched the puck into the goal crease. Here, the puck skimmed multiple players and went in, thanks to a screen by Cousins. This made the score 3-2 with 12 minutes left in the game.
After a Hurricanes-dominated first and second period, this match flowed with competition as the score got close.
The Predators kept fighting for the remainder of the third period and had multiple close shot attempts. The only reason the Hurricanes sustained their lead was because of their goalie, James Reimer.
With 10 seconds left in the game, Hurricanes player Sebastian Aho secured the win by scoring his second goal of the night. The final score was 4-2.
The Hurricanes will now head home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, March 4.
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