Hainsey’s overtime goal caps off successful road trip for Hurricanes

Every team in sports wants to finish off a road trip strong so they can get back home to play in front of their fans.  For the Carolina Hurricanes, they knew that they only needed a win to have themselves a winning road trip as they came into tonight’s game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders, and it would be Ron Hainsey that would be the catalyst to help get the win for the Canes in overtime tonight, as his game-winner in the extra frame would give Carolina 3-2 win over New York to cap off a 4-3-0 road trip away from PNC Arena in Raleigh, and improving their record on the season to 4-6-0(10 points).

“We were pleased with the trip and now we got to just make an effort as a group of 23 guys to do it each and everyday.” said Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on how his team wanted to come away with some good results on a successful road trip.

The first period would consist of both squads trading goals, and the Islanders would get things going when Matt Martin deflected a slap shot attempt from Nick Leddy from the blue line and got it in past Carolina starter Eddie Lack(W, 1-2-0, 17 saves on 19 shots) to put New York on the board 1-0.  In the later part of the period, Carolina would even up the game at 1-1, as Brock McGinn netted his 2nd goal of the campaign, as the puck would bounce over the stick of Martin and went to McGinn, who snapped one home past goaltender Thomas Greiss, who got the start in place of Jaroslav Halak, who was under the weather, with 5 minutes remaining in the opening period of play.

New York would get the lead back in the second period on the power-play, after the Hurricanes were assessed a hi-sticking penalty. and Frans Nielsen would skate from his own blue line into the Carolina zone, cut to the net and to took a high backhander that got past Lack to make it 2-1 at 12:50 of the second, but Peters would know that Eddie would be very good between the pipes in tonight’s win for Carolina. “I thought he was better here tonight. I thought he tracked pucks better, had a little bit better rebound control, and we know he’s all about.” Peters said.

With under 5 minutes remaining in regulation, Carolina had to look for an equalizing goal to give them an opportunity to send it into overtime, and they would get it as Chris Terry would finish a 3-on-2 rush into the New York zone, snapping a pass from Jordan Staal that found its way into the goal and making it 3-3, as the plan would pay off for Carolina, sending this one into an 3-on-3 overtime session.

2:21 into the frame, Jordan Staal would force a turnover in the Hurricanes offensive zone, and carried it into the New York zone and found Hainsey, who would end it with a backhander to seal the deal for Carolina to win it 3-2.  “Ronnie’s a real good skater, he’s a big man who skates well, and those are the types of D that I think should be playing in overtime for us, so instead of going 3 forwards, we go 2 forwards and a defenseman, but those D have the green light to get up and jump into the play.”

The long road trip away from PNC Arena is officially in the books for the Hurricanes, as they will finally return home on Friday to face the Colorado Avalanche at 7:00 p.m., as Carolina will play 10 of their next 12 games inside the confines of PNC Arena in Raleigh.

NOTES: Brad Malone, Joakim Nordstrom, and Michal Jordan were all scratches for Carolina tonight.