Carolina Hurricanes Teuvo Teravainen – Cannes Country
It was one of those nights for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, as the Canes fell 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild at home at PNC Arena.
The loss ended a six-game point streak for the Canes, as Carolina could never quite get enough to top a big effort into the Minnesota net from veteran Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 37 of 38 shots in the face of the impressive victory. .
Teuvo Teravainen scored the Hurricanes’ lone tally in the third period to cut a 3-0 deficit to 3-1, but it was too little, too late as the Wild stayed warm and earned a big road win against Frederik Andersen, who made just 16 saves, and the Canes.
Mats Zuccarello, Dmitry Kulikov and Kirill Kaprizov scored all three goals against Andersen in the game, with Minnesota scoring one in each period.
The Hurricanes didn’t necessarily play badly, beating the Wild 38-19 while outscoring Minnesota 30-20. The Canes had a 12-7 lead over the high-risk odds while posting a 63.06 CF%, but they didn’t quite have that finishing touch against a vintage performance from Fleury.
The Wild took a 1-0 power play lead, as Max Domi headed to the box for hooking and Zuccarello fired a shot into traffic and past Andersen.
Minnesota then made it 2-0 in the second period immediately after a Hurricanes power play, as the Wild found Kulikov coming out of the box to beat Andersen and double the lead.
As for the Canes in the first two periods, the results weren’t quite there but the process wasn’t great, which was a theme in March. The Canes were ahead of the Wild 28-15 after 40 minutes, but some inability to finish mixed with some brilliance from Fleury in net prevented the home side from scoring.
The Canes also went 0-for-2 on the power play in the first two periods, and neither advantage was particularly large. The second was better but the result was the same, and it proved costly, as the Canes completely misinterpreted Kulikov’s exit from the box.
Minnesota made it 3-0 in the third on a somewhat broken play. Kaprizov tried to drop a pass to Zuccarello between the legs behind the net, and although the pass didn’t quite work, the puck eventually found its way back to Kaprizov as Brady Skjei couldn’t intervene. Kaprizov fired one from a tight angle to extend the Wild’s lead.
The Hurricanes pulled one back later in the third, as Teravainen, who had missed about a period with a bloody lip, camped in front of the crease and put one in. Sebastian Aho made a great pass from the boards to Teravainen in the middle, as the Finnish connection ended Fleury’s shutout offer.
Carolina retired Andersen with over 3:30 left in the game, and it looked like the Hurricanes had picked up another one with 37.2 seconds left. Goalkeeper interference was called, however, as the score remained at 3-1.
The Canes will get back to it Tuesday night in Buffalo.