When two of the better goalies in the NHL square off you might expect a low scoring game with plethora of athletic saves. That was the story line of the game in Raleigh on Friday night when Cam Ward and the Carolina Hurricanes welcomed Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings. Sixty-five minutes of play wasn’t enough to determine which team skated into the weekend two points higher in the standings. In the shootout, Jeff Carter scored the only goal for L.A. while Jonathan Quick turned away three of Carolina’s best shooters.
The game was scoreless going into the third period and with six minutes left Carolina went on a man advantage when Jarret Stoll was sent to the penalty box for Hooking. The Hurricanes got sloppy with the puck and Dwight King stole an arrant pass and was able to slide a back-hand through Cam Ward’s legs. Forty seconds later and in the same power play Jeff Skinner netted his first goal of the season re-tying the game at one.
Los Angeles had their opportunity in OT when Carolina defenseman, Jay Harrison was sat down 2 minutes for Hooking. Cam Ward and the Carolina Penalty Kill stood tall and sent the game to the shootout. Jonathan Quick turned away Jeff Skinner, Alexander Semin and Nathan Gerbe while Cam Ward stopped Anze Kopitar but was unable to stop the back-hand of Jeff Carter.
Carolina stays at home and welcomes in the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday while L.A. stays on the road and heads to Florida to battle the Panthers.
STAAL PLAYS IN 695th CAREER GAME
Eric Staal moved into sole possession of 4th place in the franchise’s all-time games played list passing former player and current assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour.
Carolina’s first round pick (5th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Elias Lindholm, recorded his first career NHL point with a goal on Thursday night against Washington. The goal made him the youngest Swedish-born player to score a goal. (18 years 312 days)
The Kings out shot the Hurricanes, 37-28.
Carolina is now 0-1-2 when being out shot by its opponents. This record also mirrors the starts by goalie Cam Ward.