RALEIGH, NC -- The second period of the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-2 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night may have been the team's best of the season.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to propel Carolina to a victory. But, it was evidence of this team's potential explosiveness, and if it can figure out a way to play with more consistency, the Hurricanes' ceiling is pretty high.
The Canes, who will remain in first place in the Southeast Division even with this defeat, entered having won four consecutive games, including a 6-2 victory over Florida last Saturday that saw them score three times in the opening period. They did that on 13 shots on goal, though.
Against the stingy Canadiens, who came into the affair first in the Northeast Division at 15-5-4 and with 34 points, Carolina's second period resulted in goals by Jordan Staal and Drayson Bowman but on 21 shots on goal. For the period, the Canes outshot the Habs 21-5 and went into the second intermission tied at 2-...