Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals 3/6/12

Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals goes down as one of the most exciting Carolina games I have seen this year. With 85 combined shots and 44 scoring chances between both teams, you would expect an exciting contest. However, “exciting” and “good hockey” are not synonymous and this certainly was a sloppy played game by both teams. There was a lot of bad defense, poor puck-handling (although it was par for the course for Verizon Center) and careless turnovers that led to odd-man rushes. It makes for an entertaining game but it’s not the kind of hockey I would like to see Carolina play on a regular basis. In the end, the Canes took advantage of their opportunities and got the job done in overtime despite being outchanced 25-19.

Washington is not the team you want to give up 25 scoring chances against but Cam Ward came up big when he needed to and Carolina turned just about every Washington miscue into something positive, including three goals. The final one being Justin Faulk’s game-winner. It was a thrilling game and a nice win but the Hurricanes are going to need to clean up their play in the defensive zone because giving up 40+ shots and 20+ chances at even strength per game isn’t going to lead to many win streaks. 

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 10 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 6 6 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 9 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 19 26 18 25 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Carolina’s chances are in red, Washington’s are in white

The Hurricanes offensive play was actually very good in this game, as generating 18 even strength chances is normally enough to have the advantage, but the problem was they could not slow down the Caps’ offense. Washington did not spend a gross amount of time in Carolina’s zone, but they were able to create scoring chances at ease in the first and third period. Washington Post writer, Neil Greenberg said on his twitter that 11 of the 13 shots Washington had in the first period all came from within 20 feet of the net. That sums things up pretty well since the Caps seemed to be getting right in Cam Ward’s grill for the entire period. Luckily for the Canes, they were only trailing 1-0 at the end of the first and were able to turn things in their favor in the second period thanks to some careless mistakes by Washington and a better defensive effort. They sure played with fire when they had a 3-2 lead, though. The Canes did not record a scoring chance for the last 12 minutes of the game and allowed Washington to have five unanswered before Brooks Laich’s game tying goal. Like I said in the introduction, Carolina’s defensive play in this game left a lot to be desired and with the way they were playing in their own zone, sitting back on a one-goal lead in the third period was not the best strategy. It’s a good thing they tightened things up in overtime.

Individual Scoring Chances

# Player EV PP SH
4 Jamie McBain 17:55 5 7 0:40 0 0 0:32 0 1
5 Bryan Allen 20:36 6 14 0:02 0 0 1:28 0 0
6 Tim Gleason 21:35 6 14 0:02 0 0 0:00 0 0
8 Jaroslav Spacek 15:51 5 7 0:54 0 0 0:09 0 0
12 Eric Staal 19:22 5 10 2:57 1 0 0:41 0 1
13 Anthony Stewart 6:49 1 4 1:25 0 0 0:00 0 0
14 Andreas Nodl 14:50 5 4 0:02 0 0 0:00 0 0
16 Brandon Sutter 17:23 5 6 0:16 0 0 1:09 0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty 18:10 5 8 2:09 1 0 0:23 0 1
27 Derek Joslin 4:10 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
28 Justin Faulk 19:35 7 4 3:18 1 0 1:28 0 0
30 Cam Ward 57:38 18 25 4:00 1 0 2:00 0 1
36 Jussi Jokinen 16:37 7 7 2:06 1 0 1:00 0 0
37 Tim Brent 13:12 2 8 3:04 1 0 0:09 0 0
39 Patrick Dwyer 14:16 2 5 0:02 0 0 0:29 0 0
44 Jay Harrison 20:09 7 4 0:00 0 0 0:23 0 1
53 Jeff Skinner 18:21 7 9 0:47 0 0 0:00 0 0
59 Chad LaRose 17:22 8 7 2:02 0 0 0:09 0 0
71 Jerome Samson 8:19 4 4 0:14 0 0 0:00 0 0

Best EV Forward: Chad LaRose & Andreas Nodl +1

Worst EV Forward: Tim Brent -6

Best EV Defenseman: Justin Faulk & Jay Harrison +3

Worst EV Defenseman: Bryan Allen & Tim Gleason -8

The never-ending search for a right winger on Eric Staal’s line continues as neither Tim Brent or Anthony Stewart were very effective on Tuesday night and quite frankly, I’m not surprised. Jerome Samson did have some moderate success there compared to the rest of the team, though and I was surprised that he wasn’t kept on that line for the Buffalo game. Staal may have kept his point streak alive but this definitely was not one of his better games. The play from his line in their own end was very spotty to say the least.

Carolina’s best line was easily LaRose-Jokinen-Skinner as they combined for eight total scoring chances at even strength and LaRose scored a goal in his first game back. Granted, he got a bit of a good bounce with a rebound coming right to him, but he did exactly what he was supposed to do in that situation by crashing the net. He was probably our best forward that night as both scoring chances and possession were going in the Canes favor when he was on the ice. That wasn’t the case for either of his linemates, but Jussi Jokinen had a good night, as well. This line also had 14 total shots on goal with Jokinen & LaRose having six a piece.

Compared to the rest of the team, the line of Dwyer, Sutter & Nodl played pretty well in their own end and did not let the Ovechkin line completely run them over in the third period. I keep seeing improvements in Nodl’s offensive game, too which isn’t saying that much but he has been playing great for the last couple of months.

Tim Brent got a promotion to the top line for the third period and he didn’t play well at all in that role. I know that some players tend to perform better on special teams but the contrast that Brent has is pretty staggering. Anthony Stewart’s days on the top line might be numbered, too and Derek Joslin had one of his better games as a forward.

Bryan Allen and Tim Gleason have defended Ovechkin well this season but this game was not one of those cases. They were absolutely torched by him, Brooks Laich and Marcus Johansson. That line generated about half of the scoring chances Washington had in the first period. Gleason may have had two points but he did not have a good night when it came to defensive play and neither did Bryan Allen. This has been happening quite a bit lately.

On a more positive note, Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison were outstanding as they were able to keep Alexander Semin’s line out of the dangerous scoring areas for most of the game. Those there had a lot of shots on net but not many of them were high quality. I was glad that Faulk scored the game-winner in overtime because he was one of our best players that night and it is always great to see hard work get rewarded like that.

Head-to-head at five-on-five

  • The Ovechkin line steamrolled the Staal line, Gleason/Allen and McBain/Spacek. That Laich goal was coming from a mile away with how much pressure the Caps had in the third period. Carolina could not seem to get the puck out of their own zone during that time and a large part of that was due to how much pressure that line was generating.
  • It’s pretty easy to figure out what the matchups were when you look at this table. Carlson/Alzner took care of the Staal line while Skinner’s line put up a crooked number against Washington’s fourth line and the Green/Schultz pairing. They played well but it was partially due to them getting some more favorable matchups.
  • Carlson/Alzner were terrific while Green/Schultz were the opposite.
  • None of our lines could do much against Troy Brouwer’s line which is pretty sad when you look at his linemates.
  • While not dominant, Sutter, Dwyer & Nodl played their roles fine in this game.
  • Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison were the only players who had a positive rating against the Ovechkin line, aside from Jerome Samson.

    eam Period Time Note CAR Opponent
    CAR 1 17:29 Sutter 5 6 14 16 30 59 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    WSH 1 17:03 Laich 4 8 14 16 30 39 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    WSH 1 17:01 Ovechkin 4 8 14 16 30 39 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    WSH 1 14:34 Laich 5 6 30 36 53 59 8 21 27 30 74 90 5v5
    WSH 1 14:31 Laich 5 6 30 36 53 59 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    CAR 1 14:24 LaRose 5 6 30 36 53 59 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    WSH 1 14:40 Hendricks 5 6 30 36 53 59 20 21 26 27 30 74 5v5
    CAR 1 12:56 Joslin 4 8 27 30 37 71 6 25 28 30 81 85 5v5
    CAR 1 11:08 Jokinen 4 8 30 36 53 59 15 23 30 42 52 55 5v5
    CAR 1 10:45 Staal 12 13 19 28 30 44 23 30 42 52 81 83 5v5
    CAR 1 9:31 Dwyer 5 6 14 16 30 39 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    WSH 1 7:53 Wideman 4 12 19 30 44 6 20 30 52 85 90 4v5
    WSH 1 6:17 Ward 4 8 12 13 30 53 15 23 30 42 52 55 5v5
    WSH 1 6:01 Brouwer – GOAL 5 6 12 13 19 30 20 23 30 52 55 83 5v5
    WSH 1 2:25 Orlov 12 27 28 30 44 71 6 8 28 30 81 85 5v5
    WSH 1 1:35 Chimera 4 8 30 36 53 59 25 27 28 30 74 85 5v5
    WSH 2 17:38 Beagle 4 8 12 19 30 37 6 20 26 30 81 83 5v5
    CAR 2 17:05 Jokinen 28 30 36 44 53 59 21 26 27 30 74 90 5v5
    WSH 2 15:49 Beagle – GOAL 5 6 13 27 30 37 6 8 30 81 83 90 5v5
    CAR 2 15:10 Tlusty – GOAL 4 8 12 19 30 71 15 20 26 27 30 74 5v5
    CAR 2 11:31 LaRose – GOAL 5 6 30 36 53 59 8 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
    WSH 2 9:37 Carlson 5 6 14 16 30 71 20 26 27 30 74 83 5v5
    CAR 2 9:28 Nodl 5 6 14 16 30 71 15 23 30 42 52 74 5v5
    CAR 2 8:31 LaRose 14 28 30 36 44 59 15 23 30 42 52 55 5v5
    CAR 2 7:26 Faulk 12 19 28 30 36 37 20 21 27 30 52 5v4
    WSH 2 5:36 Ovechkin 4 8 13 16 30 71 8 21 27 30 52 90 5v5
    WSH 2 5:01 Johansson 5 6 30 36 53 59 6 8 21 27 30 90 5v5
    WSH 2 0:41 Ovechkin 5 6 12 19 30 37 6 8 21 27 30 90 5v5
    WSH 3 18:25 Ovechkin 5 6 16 30 39 53 6 8 21 30 52 90 5v5
    CAR 3 18:17 Sutter – GOAL 5 6 16 30 39 53 6 8 21 30 52 90 5v5
    CAR 3 17:22 Staal 4 8 12 19 30 37 20 26 27 30 74 83 5v5
    WSH 3 15:46 Perreault 5 6 30 36 53 59 6 25 28 30 81 85 5v5
    CAR 3 14:36 Skinner 28 30 36 44 53 59 8 21 28 30 52 55 5v5
    WSH 3 13:56 Carlson 12 19 28 30 44 71 20 26 27 30 74 83 5v5
    CAR 3 13:35 Samson 12 19 28 30 44 71 8 21 27 30 74 90 5v5
    CAR 3 12:37 LaRose 14 28 30 36 44 59 6 8 30 81 85 90 5v5
    WSH 3 11:15 Halpern 4 8 12 19 30 37 15 27 30 42 74 83 5v5
    WSH 3 9:25 Chimera 12 19 28 30 37 44 6 25 28 30 81 85 5v5
    WSH 3 6:23 Laich 5 6 14 16 30 39 6 8 21 30 81 90 5v5
    WSH 3 5:22 Carlson 5 6 12 19 30 37 8 21 30 52 74 90 5v5
    WSH 3 5:09 Ovechkin 5 6 12 19 30 37 8 21 30 52 74 90 5v5
    WSH 3 2:52 Laich – GOAL 5 6 30 36 53 59 6 8 21 30 52 90 5v5
    CAR 4 4:40 Spacek 4 8 12 19 30 20 27 30 74 83 4v4
    WSH 4 2:32 Green 28 30 37 39 44 6 28 30 52 85 4v4
    CAR 4 1:22 Faulk – GOAL 16 28 30 44 53 6 25 30 52 90 4v4
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