Normally, a 2-1 win in shootout would not be deemed an embarrassing defeat.  I mean, it could be worse, one point is better than none, right? 

But when the team you lose to is without three of their top four forwards, you have to look at it as an opportunity lost. 

"We deserved to lose that one.  We got outplayed by Noel Acciari and Kyle Turris for crying out loud," stated Canes captain John Tavares. 

Evgeni Malkin (spleen),  Sidney Crosby (ribs), and Brandon Hagel (concussion) watched the game from the press box, cheering on the boys every step of the way. 

"The fellas really dug deep tonight.  Happy to see them steal two points," Crosby smiled. 

Goaltender Jordan Binnington was absolutely lights out, stopping 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.  The 29 year old netminder is on a hot streak as of late, playing his best hockey of the season.  Over the last five games, Binnington has only surrendered an impressive 6 goals during that time.

"I think I am starting to get into a bit of groove.  The boys are playing well in front for me.  They are keeping them [the opposition] to the outside.  If I can see it, I can save it," said the Richmond Hill native. 

The Hurricanes held onto the lead for the first 30 minutes of the of the game before Acciari tickled the twine at the halfway point.  Shortly following the unassisted game tying goal, Noel sustained a groin injury and is being further evaluated by team staff. 

"He's a little banged up and could be questionable for Friday.  We will see what the docs say and go from there," added coach Berube. 

The Penguins have a date with the Islanders on the 23rd.   New York should not be taken lightly despite their depleted, youthful line up.  

The Islanders have proved once again this season that they suck at both winning and losing.  


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