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Tolchinsky Lifts Canes to 5-4 OT Win Over Dallas

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes

TRAVERSE CITY – Bouncing back from a shutout loss to Detroit, the Carolina Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit en route to a 5-4 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars.

Forward Sergey Tolchinsky had two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist, and defenseman Brett Pesce netted a pair of goals, including the game-tying tally, in the Canes’ first win of the tournament.

“No one stopped working, which I think says a lot about our team and our will,” Pesce said. “It led to a good win, a big win. Very exciting.”

“I thought we deserved that win. I thought we played really well, especially on. Then we got into some precarious situations with some penalties, but we weathered the storm for the most part,” head coach Mark Morris said. “I thought that was a big part of allowing us the opportunity to fight back and claw our way back into a situation where we could win it.”

Less than 24 hours after being stymied on the scoreboard, the Hurricanes came out of the gate against Dallas with a noticeably better start, winning puck battles and getting shots to the net. Tolchinsky potted the game’s first tally early, as he cut to the middle and fired one past goaltender Brent Moran.

“The boys just got together and started to play hockey we haven’t played in this tournament yet,” Tolchinsky said. “We were great on the forecheck, we made decisions really fast and we were on them. They were on their heels.”

Providing the bookend to today’s game, Tolchinsky cleaned up a loose puck in front in three-on-three overtime to lift the Canes to victory.

“I thought it was great for him, gaining confidence on a big stage like this in front of scouts, coaches and general managers. That’s a big step for a young guy,” Morris said. “We talked a little bit before the game, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Dallas twice led the game, holding a 4-2 advantage at one point during the second period. With the game even at two, the Stars scored on the power play and then on a two-on-one rush to pad their lead.

The Hurricanes would get one back late in the period, as Pesce’s point shot found its way through a screen to the back of the net.

“We weren’t playing that badly. We had a couple tough situations with penalties. We just weathered the storm and chipped away,” Morris said. “I think that late goal in the second really was a big boost for us to make it 4-3, and then we were able to tie her up.”

It was Pesce again in the third, finishing off a nice pass from Haydn Fleury, who posted two assists.

“In today’s game, with everyone so good defensively and goaltending so good, you have to put the puck on net and create that chaos,” Morris said. “[Pesce] was able to find the back of the net on a couple of occasions, and he had a great game. He was real solid for us.”

After a day off on Sunday, the Canes will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the final game of the three-game round robin slate.

“I thought we refocused and were able to reset after yesterday’s game. The guys were attentive in the pregame talk, and they seemed to grasp exactly what we were trying to get out of them. I think that when we execute our systems, as is true with most teams, we have a pretty good result,” Morris said. “We’ve got to be happy with that. You’ve got to start winning at some point, and to see these guys get rewarded for all their hard work was good.”

2015-16 PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME / RESULT
FRI SEP 11, 2015 RED WINGS HURRICANES 1-0
SAT SEP 12, 2015 HURRICANES STARS 5-4 (OT)
MON SEP 14, 2015 BLACKHAWKS HURRICANES 6:30 PM
TUE SEP 15, 2015 TBD TBD TBD


Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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