As Paul Maurice said in his postgame comments
, last night’s game in Florida was indeed unusual, but it wasn’t the first. The Canes’ two games there this season, both losses, have been statistically two of the strangest games in team history.
The first one, which Florida won by a 3-2 score, was the franchise's first penalty-free game on the road since 1980. Last night’s game, a 4-2 win for the Panthers, was the first time Hartford/Carolina didn’t have a power play on the road since 1981. Each of this year's games had just two total penalties.
As someone who worked briefly in the media relations department as an intern and kept track of these things as part of my job, I never really expected either of those old records to be updated, especially since my tenure there was during the post-lockout year where each team routinely had eight power plays a game.
Now, they’ve both occurred in the same year and in the same building: Florida’s BankAtlantic Center.
What does that mean? I have no idea. Different referees each time, and during the course of either game I never felt like anyone was getting away with murder. Just bizarre.
Here are some other feats previously thought to be untouchable that could occur during the Canes’ final visit to
The Twilight Zone Florida on March 23. The Hurricanes franchise has never accomplished any of these on the road:
- Erased a four goal deficit
- Scored 10 goals
- Took 50 shots
- Had a player score four goals
If I had to pick one, it would be scoring four goals. Much to my podcast co-host Kyle Hanlin's dismay, the Hurricanes haven't had a four-goal game of any kind since Ron Francis potted four against Edmonton at home in 1984. Plenty of hat tricks, but never the elusive fourth.
Take note, Eric Staal