The Canes finished with a 2-1 record in round-robin play and are riding a two-game winning streak with a 5-4 overtime decision over Dallas and a 7-5 barnburner against Chicago.
“I’m looking at this game as a learning experience for us,” head coach Mark Morris said after Sunday’s wild match. “Hopefully our guys will take a good look at themselves and realize that, in order to play at a high level, you’ve got to find ways to finish off games when you get a start like we had.”
That start included a 3-0 lead after the first period and a 5-0 advantage after 40 minutes. Chicago stormed back in the third period, but the Hurricanes were able to fend off their attack – and get back a couple of their own, both off the stick of Phil Di Giuseppe, including an empty netter.
“We were able to weather the storm. We got away from our systems. We got away from what worked for us. We seemed to get back on our heels,” Morris said. “The other team was free-wheeling through the neutral zone, and our coverage was a little suspect. They were coming hard, we didn’t pick guys up and they got second chances. It paid off for them.”
“I think we kind of took our foot off the pedal for a bit, but that power-play goal was big,” said Haydn Fleury, who recorded three assists. “It gave us a little bit of momentum back, and we ended up needing it.”
St. Louis is also 2-1, having won two in a row as well, both in regulation. Their tournament slate opened with a 5-2 loss to Columbus, but they’ve since shut out the Rangers 2-0 and pummeled the Wild 7-1.
The Canes will adjust their lineup slightly heading into tonight’s finale. Brock McGinn will not play, while Matt Willows draws back in. Erik Karlsson will slide over on the left side, with Clark Bishop and Willows to his right. Chris Marchese won't play due to an upper-body concern, so the team will dress Tyler Ganly as a seventh defenseman. Callum Booth gets the nod in net.
Once again, we’ll be at David’s Rink at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City to bring you live game updates on @Canes_Gameday around 6:30 p.m.
Extras: Marchese (upper body), McGinn
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