RALEIGH, NC -- If the Carolina Hurricanes are going to establish themselves as a contender to make a push in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they better address their special teams issues, and fast.
On Monday night at PNC Arena, the Canes had an opportunity to see what a Cup-holding penalty kill looks like in the form of the visiting Boston Bruins, and it was the difference in Boston's 5-3 victory.
The Hurricanes showed grit and battled the Bruins, even while often playing their game, and were positioned quite well, tied with two minutes left in the contest. But two Boston goals -- one an empty netter with 7 seconds left -- sealed Carolina's fate.
The Canes got goals again from Jeff Skinner (his fifth on the season), who has scored in four consecutive games, and Eric Staal (fourth) in bang-bang fashion to tie the game late in the second period. But that they were even in such a hole is the real tale of this game's story.
Carolina quickly found itself behind 2-0 because o...