Within the seventeenth assembly between the 2 groups, simply in 2021 alone — counting common season, playoffs and preseason video games — it was principally the identical storyline that you simply’ve come to count on.
A bodily and onerous fought match, tightly performed, the place irritating saves are being made left and proper by the goaltenders, and with each inch of ice of the ice having to be earned.
Nevertheless it was the Carolina Hurricanes that emerged victoriously from the quagmire, snatching a late go-ahead objective and staving off the final minute push by the Nashville Predators to flee with a 3-2 win Saturday night time at Bridgestone Enviornment.
The Canes had settled into the sport pretty shortly, killing off an early penalty just some minutes into the sport they usually wasted no time taking it to the Preds.
It was famous offensive specialist, Jesper Quick, with the quick tally as he entered the zone, stored the puck and sniped it, prime nook, bar down.
From there, the Canes and Preds performed a good interval, exchanging probabilities backwards and forwards, however the on-ice standouts had been far and away the netminders.
Frederik Andersen, who had a little bit of rebound points Thursday in opposition to the Islanders, was utterly dialed in, monitoring pucks properly and developing large with stops time and time once more.
And his counterpart in yellow, Juuse Saros, was simply as as much as the duty. The Finnish netminder has been the lifeblood of the Nashville Predators of late and he continued to indicate why, placing on a dominant efficiency in entrance of the raucous Bridgestone Enviornment crowd.
Andrei Svechnikov, who had a dominant efficiency within the season opener on Thursday, gifted Nashville the puck on the blueline the place Ryan Johansen picked it up, cut up the Canes’ protection and roofed a backhander over Andersen.
After that, the ice started to tilt in direction of Nashville and Andersen was doing all he might to maintain his workforce within the sport.
It was a uncommon dud general for Carolina who was outshot 40-32 within the sport, the place nobody however the Jordan Staal line with Quick and Nino Niederreiter was having a lot success.
Rod Brind’Amour even ended up going to the road blender pretty early into the third interval looking for a spark for his workforce.
And he managed to search out one late within the third.
After the Hurricanes survived one other wave of Nashville offense, Brett Pesce aerialed a puck out of the zone the place it corralled by Martin Necas who fed it to Svechnikov for a lovely quick aspect objective.
With time ticking down, Nashville pulled Saros for the additional attacker, however Teuvo Teravainen managed to nail the lengthy vary clear into the empty web for a 3-1 lead.
The Predators pushed once more, and a late objective by Filip Forsberg made it attention-grabbing, however Andersen and the Canes shut it down the remainder of the way in which to safe the win, their first time beginning a season 2-0 with each wins coming in regulation since 2001. (CC: @bdleblanc).
The Hurricanes have received their first two video games in regulation for the primary time in TWENTY YEARS.
No joke. You’ll be able to look it up. Final time it occurred was 2001. Loopy.
— Brian LeBlanc (@bdleblanc) October 17, 2021
The Canes will proceed on the street journey and head north to face their greatest associates the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night time.