The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 at PNC Arena on Thursday night in their last game before the All-Star break. The Canes dominated the final two periods, outshooting the Coyotes 32-3 after the first period.

Return Home Brings Momentum

The Carolina Hurricanes returned home after back-to-back road wins against the Bruins and Devils. They looked to continue their momentum against the Arizona Coyotes before the All-Star break. The Canes rolled with the same lineup from their previous win, including Antti Raanta in net. Connor Ingram started in goal for the Coyotes.

The first period saw back-and-forth action with both teams pushing to score first. Dmitry Orlov hit the post early for the Canes. Raanta made some tough saves to keep it scoreless. But a bad bounce and line change allowed the Coyotes’ Dylan Guenther to score late in the period for a 1-0 Arizona lead. The Canes ended the first period trailing despite Martin Necas hitting the post on a backhand chance.

Canes Control Second Period

The Hurricanes killed an early penalty before earning a rare 4-on-3 power play chance. Beautiful puck movement led to Martin Necas burying a one-timer to tie the game 1-1. The Canes started to take control, outshooting the Coyotes 14-3 in the period. But Connor Ingram kept Arizona in it, sending the game to the third period tied.

Complete Carolina Domination

The Canes completely dominated the final 20 minutes, throwing everything at Ingram. Martin Necas hit the post again off a faceoff. Despite many golden chances, including on a late power play, the Canes couldn’t break through. It felt like overtime was coming until Dmitry Orlov scored from a sharp angle with just 36 seconds left to finally put Carolina ahead 2-1. Jesper Fast added an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 victory.

Ingram Stood Tall in Defeat

The Coyotes’ Connor Ingram was excellent in defeat, keeping Arizona in it with 32 saves. He was busiest in the third period as the lone Coyote battling against Carolina’s onslaught, facing 18 shots in the period. Ingram has been one of the NHL’s best stories this season, keeping the Coyotes in playoff contention.

Orlov Rewarded in First Canes Game-Winner

The game-winning goal was Dmitry Orlov’s first since joining Carolina as a high-profile free agent last summer. His transition to the Canes’ style has been gradual. But this reward was a nice moment as he led a strong showing from Carolina’s defensemen. His partner Jalen Chatfield assisted on the goal, while Brett Pesce and Brady Skjei also had solid games. The group made life easy for Raanta, who only faced 11 shots with none in the third period.

Long Break Before Canucks Matchup

The Hurricanes now go on a 10-day break for All-Star weekend. When they return, a matchup with the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks awaits at PNC Arena on February 6. The Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils also visit Raleigh as the Canes get back into action.

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✅ Fact Checked on January 29, 2024 by Ken Weaver