Recap: Fleury frustrates the Canes, Wild wins 3-1
RALEIGH, North Carolina. – Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 37 shots on Saturday, thwarting the Carolina Hurricanes en route to a 3-1 win.
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1) Flower power
Minnesota’s acquisition of Trade Deadline was the difference from start to finish in the contest, keeping Carolina off the board until 6:19 into the third period. By then his team had already built a 3-0 lead, so the only repercussion was that he had to wait at least one more outing for his first shutout as a member of the Wild.
The Canes had more shots and possession time throughout, but aside Teuvo Teravainenof the 18th goal of the season, they failed to clinch the defending winner of the Vézina Trophy.
There were redirects, high danger chances, lunge shots, etc., but Fleury was just able to get it all.
I wish MAF had stayed in Chicago, tbh
– Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) April 3, 2022
2) The points streak continues for the dynamic duo
Teravainen’s tally came after he missed most of the night’s second period after taking a puck in the air. A pool of blood was left behind as he walked off the ice with head athletic trainer Doug Bennett, giving him a gash above his upper lip that required medical attention.
When he returned to the ice, another connection with Sebastien Aho put his club on the board, also moving his two point streaks to seven games.
#86 now has two goals and eight assists since March 22, while Aho has four goals and four assists in the same span.
Video: [email protected]: Teravainen gets a pass and deflects it
3) This is not always the result
Despite the regulation loss, Rod Brind’Amour was happy with how his team played in the game. He praised Fleury, but also said his team had done a lot of what they wanted to do.
Minnesota capitalized on an early power play to start the scoring, took advantage of a player coming out of the penalty box mid-run for their second, and scored a third goal of the night by Andersen, but structurally, the Carolina coach was happy with the way his team handled business.
They said it:
Rod Brind’Amour on Marc-André Fleury’s performance:
“He’s still very athletic. Tonight, what we forget is that the saves he made, there were about three that were deflected and he made the adjustment of the tip. That doesn’t happen very often with a goalkeeper. “I’m there, they’re in one place and it’s overturning. He was pretty quick to make the adjustments and it was impressive to see, honestly. Unfortunately for us, we just couldn’t get enough of him. “
Rod Brind’Amour referring to the exit of his club:
“We played hard. Everybody did. We did what we wanted to do, we just didn’t execute the power play. Even the one we gave up, it was basically a penalty kill , it was a three-one, we just missed the pass, the guy comes out of the box and they capitalize. It’s tough. The breaks just weren’t good tonight, that’s for sure.
Jordan Staal providing his assessment of what made Minnesota successful past Fleury tonight:
“They played well. They played very smart hockey with their heads. They really eliminated our big chances. I thought we still created a lot of chaos and tried to get some rebounds. In the third they locked it down a little better and we weren’t able to create a lot of A-grades.”
The team is due to leave on Sunday. They will then practice Monday before flying to Buffalo for a game Tuesday night.
- Brady Skjei led all skaters with seven shots on goal tonight, matching his career high.
- Jacob Slavin got a secondary assist on Teravainen’s goal, now giving him five assists in his last five games.
- The Canes go to 45-16-8 with the loss.
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