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When the Hurricanes named Eric Staal captain last Wednesday, there was an unrelated but simultaneous shift, moving him back to his natural position of center. All he’s done in the three games since then is score five goals, and for the first time all season, he has a three game goal streak. More importantly, he looks fully healthy and is shooting the puck with authority.
As an added bonus, his teammates are finding him in open ice with great scoring opportunities. And he’s not missing. In the last three games, he’s recorded 14 shots and has scored on five of those shots. I’ll take that any day of the week. With 31 games left, he needs 15 more goals to keep his streak of 30+ goal seasons alive. He’s up to speed, and I think he’ll make it. Just.
Alex Oveckin, and Dany Heatley have already hit the 30 goal plateau for the fifth straight season. Ilya Kovalchuk has done it for the seventh straight season. Jerome Iginla hasn’t yet, but will. When Iggy hits 30 goals, it’ll be his ninth straight NHL season hitting that mark. At 12 goals and currently as cold as ice, Henrik Zetterberg is going to have a tough time extending his streak of four seasons of 30+ goals.
On Tuesday morning, the Canes had a share of the division lead in the SE. By the end of the night, they were crushed 5-1 by the Capitals and they had waved goodbye to their share of the division lead. The way the team looks right now, that may be the last time they are that close to a playoff spot.
Without getting too analytical, the game boils down to this: Washington’s best players did their jobs; Carolina’s best players did not.
Alexander Semin had two goals and three assists. Alexander Ovechkin had one goal and three assists. Niclas Basckstrom had one goal and three assists.
After the Hurricanes swept the home-and-home series against the Leafs, they returned to intra-division play on Thursday with a game at Washington. Carolina played well enough to win for 57 minutes, but lost it in the end.
The upside for Carolina is that they very nearly put together their first 60-minute effort of the season. They’ve played well for a period or two at a time, but have yet to look good for an entire game, despite their seven wins. The downside is that the effort was for naught, as they let a win, then a guaranteed point slip away in the closing moments.
Alexander Semin had the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period at 17:17 and 19:49 respectively. Alexander Ovechkin assisted on all three Capitals goals.