The top-ranked Toronto Maple Leafs skated onto the ice at PNC Arena in Raleigh last night. Trevor van Riemsdyk of the Carolina Hurricanes was ready for their arrival and they were greeted with a lovely Holiday hello in the form of a puck through their net marking the first goal of the game in the middle of the first period. Carolina strikes first!
The Canes couldn’t help but think to themselves on the ice that their opponents were currently tied for the NHL lead in scoring with 31 points, but perhaps the Leafs were thinking twice about their chosen trade selection earlier in the year. Facing his former team as the goaltender for Carolina, Curtis McElhinney was reserved when answering pre-game questions from the reporters.
“At the end of the day, it’s a hockey game and as certain scenarios present themselves, good players take advantage of them,” said McElhinney who made 30 saves helping to send the Canes to a 5-2 victory on Thanksgiving Eve.
Carolina continued to dominate the first period with a two-goal lead and 29 shots on the net.
During the third period, Teuvo Teravainen assisted on a power-play goal made by Michael Ferland (and a broken stick for Sebastian Aho!) that put the Hurricanes ahead 3-1.
“W.” Our favorite letter of the alphabet here in Raleigh. “W”hat a great way to kick off the holiday season!
- Fan attendance was over 12,000
- Justin Williams became the 9th player in NHL history to score 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with two franchises
- The final shot total was 45-32 in favor of the Hurricanes setting a new Canes’ record
- Carolina ranked as the second-least penalized team in the NHL
- This was the first of three games between the two teams this season. The Maple Leafs return to Raleigh on Dec. 1 (see you there - ow!)