The Carolina Hurricanes arguably played their best game of the young season as they defeated last year’s Stanley Cup finalists San Jose Sharks, 1-0 in front of 8,960 at the PNC Arena on Tuesday night.
Cam Ward earned his first shutout of the season with a 22 save performance. Ward is now 3-1-2 in his last six starts with a .941 save percentage and a GAA of 1.62.
The goalie gave credit to the defense in front of him and deservedly so as they were tight on the Sharks all night long. They did not allow a single breakaway all night, which has been an Achilles heel for the team earlier this season.
The Canes outshot the Sharks in each period and ended up with a 33-22 advantage for the game.
Teuvo Teravainen led the way with six shots on goal. The line of Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho and Teravainen played a dominating game again this night. At one time they held possession in the San Jose end for over 2 minutes in the first period.
After two scoreless periods, Joakim Nordstrom followed up his own rebound and backhanded it past goalie, Aaron Dell, who was making just his second career start, (third overall game played).
Dell played an outstanding game himself and was praised by his coach, Peter Deboer.
“He was excellent. He gave us a chance to hang around in a game we didn’t deserve to be in and that’s all you can ask for.”
The Hurricanes dominated possession at times in this game and also had a deciding advantage in the faceoff circle as they won 69% of their faceoffs.
Bill Peters was happy with what he saw tonight.
“I like the way we are playing. I thought we built off of our last game against Washington and now we have got to continue to do that moving forward.”
Next up on this homestand will be the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.