14:00 9 3 1:10 1 0 0:01 0 0 5 Bryan Allen
18:30 7 5 0:07 0 0 4:47 0 5 6 Tim Gleason
19:11 8 8 0:07 0 0 4:37 0 5 8 Jaro Spacek
14:24 8 4 0:56 1 0 0:04 0 0 12 Eric Staal
18:27 6 4 2:17 0 0 2:28 0 1 13 Anthony Stewart
7:39 3 2 0:39 1 0 0:00 0 0 14 Andreas Nodl
15:36 7 5 0:49 0 0 0:00 0 0 16 Brandon Sutter
16:12 8 5 0:00 0 0 2:50 0 1 19 Jiri Tlusty
17:14 5 3 1:52 0 0 2:21 0 3 21 Drayson Bowman
10:07 8 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 27 Derek Joslin
8:25 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 28 Justin Faulk
20:07 6 5 2:03 0 0 3:42 0 1 35 Justin Peters
53:20 23 16 3:20 1 0 8:20 0 6 36 Jussi Jokinen
12:31 7 6 1:28 1 0 4:25 0 1 37 Tim Brent
8:34 3 3 2:17 0 0 0:00 0 0 39 Patrick Dwyer
13:23 4 8 0:00 0 0 2:54 0 2 44 Jay Harrison
19:41 7 7 0:00 0 0 3:29 0 1 53 Jeff Skinner
12:34 8 4 1:03 1 0 1:38 0 4 71 Jerome Samson
15:05 6 2 1:52 0 0 0:04 0 0 Best EV Forward: Drayson Bowman +5
Worst EV Forward: Patrick Dwyer -4
Best EV Defenseman: Jamie McBain +6
Worst EV Defensemen: Jay Harrison & Tim Gleason EVEN Bowman had a hell of a night and could have easily had a goal but Hiller made a rather unorthodox save on him. The kid has played well and earned the promotion into the top-six but he just can't buy a goal right now for whatever reason. The good news is that if he keeps playing like this then he should be able to put a few in the back of the net. He's been improving his all-around game ever since his call-up in December and he showed that tonight by forcing a turnover in the first period and springing Andreas Nodl for an odd-man rush. Unfortunately, Hiller shut down that chance, as well. He eventually replaced Dwyer on the second line, who had a very poor night defensively and didn't make up for it at the other end. Seems like the experiment of him in the top-six was over before it even started. Speaking of Nodl, his offensive game has impressed me a bit the last two games as he's been shooting the puck a lot more and is more aggressive in the offensive zone. Unfortunatley, he's got hands of stone and can only do so much when he has the puck so his goal and point total are still underwhelming. If he keeps getting it on net, good things should happen, especially since he's playing with Sutter now. The first line was good tonight and their hard work in the first period is what led to the opening goal. Staal and Tlusty have shown some surprisingly good chemistry the last couple of months and Samson's played very well on this line for the last couple of games. It was nice to see him get a goal tonight as he's like Bowman where he has been playing well but the results hadn't shown yet. Aside from that horrendous game against San Jose, it should be noted that Jamie McBain has been fantastic the last week or so. Yes, he's playing mainly offensive minutes but I will not complain if he keeps producing like he has. Being on ice for nine even strength scoring chances and 19 in the last three games is a sign that you're doing your job as an offensive defenseman. My concerns about Justin Faulk being hurt were all for naught as he played over 23 minutes tonight and was solid at defending the Ryan-Koivu-Blake line. Those three were held off the scoresheet completely and had only three even strength scoring chances. Despite that, Faulk and Harrison seemed to give up quite a bit in their own end even though they ended up outchancing their competition. Gleason and Allen also gave up more in the defensive zone than I would have liked to see, especially Gleason. These two were also torched on the penalty kill giving up five of the six powerplay chances Carolina allowed. Oh, and speaking of gettng torched on the PK, Jeff Skinner played less than two minutes on the penalty kill and somehow gave up four scoring chances. I don't want to question the coach or anything, but I don't think Skinner's the best guy have out there for killing penalties when you have capable defensive players like Nodl on the roster. Just a thought. Head-to-head at five-on-five
- Much to my surprise, the one line that Carolina had trouble defending all night was Anaheim's third line. Nick Bonnino created quite a few chances and he seemed to be all over the place in the offensive zone and the Canes couldn't seem to stop him. It's odd because he was one of the last guys I expected to make an impact in this game but he did.
- I'm wondering where Gleason gave up eight chances against because according to this, he played very well against most of what the Ducks threw at him. I hope it's not Bonnino because being able to outchance Getzlaf's line but not his would be kind of embarrassing.
- Luca Sbisa had a great night. Kept Staal's line at bay whenver he was matched up with him and did well against pretty much all of Carolina's top players.
- Drayson Bowman won all of his matchups.
- Francois Beauchemin and Cam Fowler had a rough night for the Ducks. Not only were they outchanced by almost everyone the Canes matched up against them, they were outchacned by a wide margin. They were also matched up with Staal & Skinner's lines for parts of the game and this is why those lines were able to get right into Hiller's grill for the first two periods.
TEAMS: Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks
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