Carolina 6, Anaheim 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Kevyn Adams recorded his second three-goal game of the season and of his career to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Mighty Ducks, 6-2, on Tuesday at the Arrowhead Pond.
“Everything that could go wrong, went wrong from our perspective, said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. “A lot of things went their way. Their game plan worked better than ours and our lack of execution resulted in maybe our worst loss of the season.”
Adams would get the first three tallies of the contest, including one of two ‘Canes’ shorthanded markers on the evening.
“We were able to score the kind of goals that my line with Craig (Adams) needs to score,” said Adams.
The Carolina center would start the scoring 2:45 into the game with his fourth goal (Adams, Staal) of season by one-timing a pass from winger Craig Adams past Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Adams’ second goal (5, Adams, Kaberle) came at the tail end of the first period when he trickled a backhander by Bryzgalov at 18:49 to give the ‘Canes the 2-0 lead going into the intermission.
With Anaheim on the power play in the second period, Adams would complete the hat trick (6, Adams) shorthanded, on a breakaway by putting his shot through Bryzgalov’s legs at 10:21.
After the ‘Canes’ and Adams’ third goal, Carlyle replaced his young goaltender with veteran JS Giguere at the 11:30 mark of the second period.
Giguere’s evening would not prove to be any more successful however.
Brett Hedican (3, Brind’Amour, Williams) scored the Hurricanes’ second shorthanded goal of the game and the period at 17:45 to give Carolina a commanding 4-0 lead.
Rob Niedermayer (6, Beauchemin) got the Ducks on the board in the second period with his sixth of the season.
Justin Williams (11, Brind’Amour, Hedican) and Eric Staal (20, Brind’Amour, Whitney) added third period goals to seal the 6-2 road win for Carolina.
“Those are not easy ones to push aside,” said Carlyle. “We got frustrated when we were down and we didn’t react like a team that’s been having success. We started to take responsibility and tried to do too much as individuals, but our lack of execution led to lots of frustration.”
The highlight of the game for Anaheim came in the late stages of the contest when defenseman Francois Beauchemin got his first career NHL goal to cut the lead to 5-2.
“Unfortunately you don’t choose when you score,” said Beauchemin. “I’ve got it behind me and now I’m focused on getting the next one.”
The Ducks will hit the road to face Buffalo on Thursday at 4 PM. Anaheim will also take-on Montreal on Saturday at 4 PM and Toronto on Monday at 4:30 PM before heading home to face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, December 14 at the Arrowhead Pond at 7:30 PM.