Recap: Canes Set Franchise Record, Move Point Streak To 14 Games

RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes go into the holiday break with a new franchise story, extending their points streak to 14 games with a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.


The history

Playing on home ice just 24 hours after winning 4-3 overtime in Pittsburgh, Anti Ranta was re-tabbed to hold down the fort for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Rod Brind’Amour shared this rookie sensation before the game Pyotr Kochetkov wasn’t 100%, prompting the veteran’s services for the second game in as many nights.

Although it was going to be a challenging night, the Canes would need a breakaway stop from Raanta within the first four minutes to keep the game scoreless. As it turned out, it was going to be an incredibly timely effort as the Canes were able to open the gate at the other end of the ice just 18 seconds later.

Philadelphia goaltender Samuel Ersson was hit on the very first shot of his NHL career Jesper fast for the first of what would become twice in the opening image.

Philadelphia was able to pass Raanta to level the game again, but the tie would only last 3:29.

Stefan Noesen scored his fifth power-play goal of the year as team leader to put Carolina back in front, and Fast’s second goal of the period gave the team a 3-1 lead after one goal.

Video: [email protected]: A shot quickly fires home from the circle

The trend of four goals per half would continue into the second, initially starting with a familiar face.

Former Hurricane Tony DeAngelo pulled Philadelphia back within one, but then Carolina began to retreat. Or so they thought.

Andrei Shchnikov showed his elite-level release to regain Carolina’s two-goal lead, and then Jordan Martinook extended his line’s impressive night with his third point of the evening. A power play goal out Jesperi Kotkaniemi made it 6-2 after 40 minutes of play and it looked like the Canes would be able to see the effort through to the last horn.

Video: [email protected]: Kotkaniemi disrupts traffic to score PPG

However, John Torterella’s club had other plans.

Philadelphia refused to take their foot off the gas and scored three goals in 12:24 early in the third period, making it a one-goal game.

Two came via the shorthanded variety and instead of the canes going to the finish line, they had to go the final 7:36, including over two minutes of extra attacking play.

When all was said and done, however, the Canes were able to take the final score, taking advantage of a few more timely stops from Raanta to reach the final horn.

You said so

Jesper fast his thoughts on what it says about the group to now have the franchise record for points in 14 straight games…

“It just goes to show what a group we have here. We have faith in what we’re doing, we believe in what we’re doing and we know that if we play good hockey, we’re a very difficult team to beat .”

Jordan Martinook describes his line with Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast, who scored eight points together tonight…

“worker. We are only three workers, that’s all. I love playing with these two. You know what you’re getting every night and it makes my job easy, builds team chemistry.”

Sebastian Ah on his return after missing seven games due to a lower body injury…

“It felt great. I had been absent here for a while and really wanted to fight with the boys again. I think they did a great job winning seven in a row without me, so I have to think the guys are hanging in there. It was impressive.”

bonus notes

  • With Sebastian Aho and Brady Skjei Returning to the lineup for Carolina, Jack Drury and Dylan Coghlan came out of the lineup. It was Drury’s first game since his recall in early November.
  • Philadelphia goaltender Samuel Ersson was pulled out of his first NHL game after conceding five goals on 22 shots. However, Carter Hart was injured after just 9:54, meaning Ersson had to come back into play.
  • Tonight was Jordan Martinook’s second three-point game of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • That night was only the second time in his career that Jesper Fast had scored twice in his playing time. Both have come to the PNC Arena.
  • With 26 saves, Antti Raanta moves up to 7-2-2 this season.
  • The canes now move to 22-6-6 with the win.

What’s next?

The Canes now have the next three days off for the league-mandated vacation. The team will return to action Tuesday, December 27 for their morning skate before an evening matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena.

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