1. Track Meet
Well, that was fun, right?
"It was an entertaining game for the fans, which is great, but not so much for the coaching aspect of it," head coach Rod Brind'Amour chuckled. "It was pretty loosely played. But it's also good that we can win games like that. It goes up and down, a little bit of a track meet, but we were able to put enough in the net, obviously."
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The 7-3 final was a score that more resembled a first-quarter football game than the style of hockey Brind'Amour likes to see his team play, but a win is a win, and two points are two points.
"We can go run-and-gun, too, but it's just not sustainable long-term," Brind'Amour said. "Good for the guys that we buckled down. At the end of the day, that's two points, and we won't even be talking about this tomorrow."
2. Svech Still Doing Svech Things
After Andrei Svechnikov scored a ridiculous, lacrosse-style goal and followed it up with a more conventional game-winner on the power play against Calgary on Tuesday, Brian Gibbons laughed and shook his head in disbelief.
"Just Svech doing Svech thing," he said.
Three nights later, Svech is still doing Svech things - scoring. The sophomore Russian forward got the Canes on the board first with a backhander in the slot. The goal was the result of some nice work from the Canes' defensive pair of Hamilton and Slavin. Hamilton spun off a defender at the point and kept the zone to spot a pinching Slavin, who moved around a poking stick in attempt to get a shot off. The puck, though, seemed to magnetize to Svechnikov's stick, and he backhanded home his sixth goal of the season to extend his goal scoring streak to a career-best three games.
Video: DET@CAR: Svechnikov nets Slavin's nice pass
Hamilton's secondary assist extended his point streak to a career-long six games (2g, 6a).
3. Bananas Second Period
With the scoreboard reading 1-1, the second period at 8:30 Eastern Daylight Time (remember to set those clocks back on Saturday night!). Forty-five minutes, six combined goals, two coach's challenges and one video review later, the horn sounded to end the period. The scoreboard read 5-3 in favor of the Canes.
I felt like I needed a nap.
"We don't want to be trading chance for chance, but our goalie was really solid," Brind'Amour said. "Petr did a great job holding us in and allowing us to, at times, get to our game."
The Canes' first two goals of the period were scrutinized through video review, the first by a Detroit coach's challenge for goaltender interference and the second by the officials taking a look at a call they made on the ice.
On Aho's period-opening goal, scored just 27 seconds deep, the Red Wings challenged for goaltender interference. Warren Foegele made contact with Jimmy Howard's left pad, but a somewhat lengthy review process determined that Red Wings defenseman Mike Green was the cause of this contact. Good goal.
Video: DET@CAR: Aho shovels home rebound in front
On the ensuing power play following Detroit's failed challenge - a new wrinkle to challenges this season - Nino Niederreiter banged a puck in at the top of the crease. Referee Eric Furlatt blew his whistle and signaled no goal, but after a conversation with the war room in Toronto and consulting replays on the designated iPad, the power-play marker was awarded to Niederreiter, adding insult to injury after the coach's challenge.
Video: DET@CAR: Niederreiter credited with PPG down low
It then appeared the Canes stretched their lead to 4-1 when Aho dished to Foegele for his first of the season on a 2-on-1 rush. A very brief review process after another coach's challenge, though, determined Foegele was offside.
"He's so fast," Aho laughed. "I couldn't catch him."
"I thought the refs got it right - all of them, so that was good," Brind'Amour said.
All of that within the first six minutes and three seconds of the period.
Video: DET@CAR: Necas goes top shelf on one-timer
Anthony Mantha's second of the game and sixth in eight career games against the Canes made it a one-goal game, but just 26 seconds later, Martin Necas restored his team's two-goal advantage. Aho and Tyler Bertuzzi traded goals in the back, quieter (in comparison) half of the period that refused to be sane.
4. Aho Scores Two
Aho's two goals, his fourth and fifth of the season, bookended a chaotic second period, and both were the result of him hanging out around the net.
"I thought he had a good game. I thought he was a lot more impactful. We're going to be hard on him because we expect so much, but I think it's good that he's getting on the scoresheet," Brind'Amour said. "He's around the net, and that's where you've got to get to eventually if you want to put pucks in the net."
Aho was in the right place at the right time - the near side of the net - to score his first of the period just 27 seconds into the second frame. About 11 minutes later, he was the beneficiary of Hamilton's shot taking a lively bounce off the end boards. Svechnikov got a brief stick on it, but it was Aho that swiped the loose change into the net.
Video: DET@CAR: Aho nets loose puck for second goal
Aho now has eight points (4g, 4a) in his last eight games after recording just a point in the first six games of the season.
"We've been winning, so it helps. You don't put that much pressure on yourself," Aho said. "I'm not going to lie, it's always nice to score."
"When he gets hot, he gets hot," Brock McGinn said. "This is just the start for him, and he's going to continue to light it up."
Brocktober might be over, but Brockvember is just getting started.
Brock McGinn tallied his first goal of the season at the 1:49 of the third period was big, both personally for him and also situationally for his team. The Canes, leading 5-3 at the time, were on the penalty kill; a power-play goal could have easily reenergized the Red Wings. Instead, McGinn delivered a shorthanded dagger that pushed the Canes' lead to 6-3.
Video: DET@CAR: McGinn nets SHG with crafty toe drag
"That was a good swing. I was really happy for him. He was really good this morning in warm-ups. I had a feeling, and he probably had a good feeling," Hamilton said. "It was nice for him to get rewarded."
"That was a big moment in the game because it could have gone the other way," Brind'Amour said. "The momentum might have switched, but that kind of put the game away. That was a huge play."
The Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils less than 24 hours from now to close out this four-game homestand.
"We've had a good homestand here," McGinn said. "We have to come out and play hard in the first period tomorrow to carry on the energy."