Recap: Canes fail Pittsburgh despite third-period surge
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania. – Although the Carolina Hurricanes had 43 shots on goal Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 4-2 victory.
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1) Tristan Jarry played like an All-Star on Sunday
Cannes fans know it well Frederic Andersen represented the Metropolitan Division at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in February. The other subway guard? Jarry from Pittsburgh, who was fantastic all the way.
Facing a two-on-one just ten seconds later, the Penguins’ number one goaltender set the tone for a strong afternoon, turning away Jordan Staal with his blocker. Eventually highlighted by a save on a grade A chance by Sebastien Aho on a power play in the second period, Jarry made the difference by allowing his team to claim victory.
In the end, his afternoon ended with 41 saves.
2) Antti Raanta Was also fantastic again
After picking up wins over the Pens in the previous two meetings this season, Raanta was selected for his third start of the season against Pittsburgh.
While it wasn’t his busiest afternoon of the series, the Finn made some timely saves when he needed to, including this sprawling side-by-side save on Evan Rodrigues. If not for Raanta’s efforts early in the contest, the Penguins might have run away with the contest early on.
Video: [email protected]: Raanta saves money on Rodrigues
3) Don’t discredit the third period effort
In what was the third game in four days for the Canes, the second in 22 hours, the best period of the nine may have been the third on Sunday. Outscoring the Penguins 20-4 on shot, pressure from the visiting team inspired confidence that a second goal of the afternoon was to come. He did, but only after Pittsburgh hit the empty net for the first time.
Sebastian Aho brought home a wraparound to bring his side within one, but the equalizing goal was never found. Result aside, Carolina’s production in the final 20 minutes had the home side on their heels for virtually the entirety of the final frame.
Video: [email protected]: Aho drops the puck on a wrap
What they said:
Rod Brind’Amour first discussing Jarry’s game and then addressing the side of his team:
“He played very well. He made some big saves for them. He didn’t have a lot of difficult ones, I don’t think, but he was certainly very good when needed, especially in the beginning. We had a few odd rushes early in the game and he had to make a few saves to keep them in the game. We kind of had to chase the game and I don’t mean they sat in front, but they had nothing to do because they were in front. It was a good effort. I’m not at all disappointed with the way we played.”
Brett Pesce offering his thoughts on whether he saw anything in particular that led to the third-period push:
“I think it was just the way the game went. Honestly, I thought we played a good game [as a whole]. Obviously we didn’t have any rebounds, but we had a lot of chances to win this game.”
Sebastien Aho if there are lessons to be learned from playing close games against good opponents like today:
“Absolutely. All season you’re going to learn from every game. There’s a lot of little details, no matter if it’s six-on-five or five-on-six. You obviously want to scout a little bit about what they’re doing. “, but at the same time you have to find your own plays and try them. It really helps when you get the experience of those close games. Pittsburgh is a great team too, so that helps.
The team returns to Raleigh tonight and is expected to have the day off Monday. They will then return to training on Tuesday before a Wednesday flight to Toronto.
- Brett Pesce had a career-high seven shots on goal in today’s game. He also scored Carolina’s first goal in the third period.
- 20 of Carolina’s 43 shots came from a field of five defensemen today (Bear, Chatfield, Pesce, Skjei, Slavin).
- Aho’s empty-netter brings his current point streak to five games (3G, 2A).
- Raanta finished with 18 saves at the end of the afternoon.
- Carolina goes 41-13-5 this season.
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