TRAVERSE CITY – Rasmus Tirronen made 27 saves in his NHL Prospects Tournament debut, but the Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t find the back of the net in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit’s Tomas Nosek scored the lone goal of the game in the second period – what head coach Mark Morris called Carolina’s weakest of the three – and Jake Paterson stopped all 22 shots he saw.
“We played pretty well in the first period in spurts. I felt like our second period, we lost a lot of puck battles and lost our structure. It seemed like we looked a little fatigued,” Morris said. “In the third we reestablished our focus, and I thought we came out with good energy and got after the puck a little harder. It paid dividends for us because we had a lot more chances. That was closer to what we are after in the third period. It’s just unfortunate that we had some glorious opportunities but just couldn’t score.”
“I thought we came out and had a good effort level. We lost it a bit in the second period, I think,” team captain Brock McGinn said. “We’re starting to get used to each other. It’s our first game together … so we’re just starting to get that chemistry.”
Though they didn’t have much success on the offensive side of the puck, the Canes had a rock solid performance put forth in net by Tirronen, who the Canes signed as an undrafted free agent in March.
“It’s huge just to get your feet under you and get competing again,” the 24-year-old goaltender said. “Everyone has been on the ice, of course, during the summer, but it’s hard to find anything as competitive as a game when you’re training.”
“He was really solid, and I thought he made some great saves,” Morris said. “Especially in the first period, he kept the game close, and when they poured it on in the second period, he put on quite a show.”
The Hurricanes’ penalty kill went a perfect three-for-three in the game.
“The goal is to go out there and outwork them. You’re down a man, so that extra work ethic is big,” McGinn said. “We did a really good job working them in the corners, winning those battles and getting it down the ice.”
The Canes will soon get another chance to get in the win column, as they face the Dallas Stars at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“We just need to rebound and build off the third period. I thought we went hard to the net in the first and hard to the net in the tird, and we won a lot of puck battles in the third,” Morris said. “The second period sticks out in my mind as something we need to erase from our memory bank and get back to work.”
“I think we’re definitely an offensive team,” McGinn said. “If we keep working hard, the chances will come and we’ll start putting them in the net.”
2015-16 PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
|DATE ||VISITOR ||HOME ||TIME / RESULT |
|FRI SEP 11, 2015 ||RED WINGS ||HURRICANES ||1-0 |
|SAT SEP 12, 2015 ||HURRICANES ||STARS ||3:30 PM |
|MON SEP 14, 2015 ||BLACKHAWKS ||HURRICANES ||6:30 PM |
|TUE SEP 15, 2015 ||TBD ||TBD ||TBD |
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