Recap: Canes Battle Past Coyotes, 5-3

GLENDALE, AZ. – The Carolina Hurricanes made it harder than it needed to be, but they pulled out a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Monday.

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Three Things:

1) No Staal, No Problem

The line of Nino Niederreiter, Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast has been Carolina’s most consistent trio all season long.

However, after suffering an injury Saturday in Colorado, the Canes Captain was declared day-to-day following morning skate Monday at Gila River Arena, out of the lineup for the final affair of the two-game road trip.

So, in his place came Max Domi.

How’d he handle the assignment? Almost flawlessly.

All three members of the line scored en route to the win, with Domi’s marker being his first as a member of the team.

Video: CAR@ARI: Domi scores first goal with Hurricanes

2) Not So Fast…

Domi’s early second period marker put Carolina up 3-0 and it felt like they were in a comfortable spot on the road to victory.

However, Arizona scored three times in the second period, coming back within one and forcing the Canes to perk up quickly.

Antti Raanta was needed for a few timely stops and while ultimately the Coyotes never found the game-tying goal, reaching the final horn was not as trouble-free as it once looked it might be for the visitors.

Near disaster for the #Canes after Raanta came out to play the puck, but he manages to stop what looked like a sure-fire goal for Travis Boyd. pic.twitter.com/OTbF5k7JZt

– Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) April 19, 2022

3) Two Points, Please!

Rod Brind’Amour said post-game that he thought his team’s performance was just okay, but they’ll take the win and two points. His club had dropped back-to-back games before coming to Glendale, last Thursday against Detroit and then Saturday at the hands of the Avalanche, so getting back in the win column was welcomed for the morale.

The Canes have just five regular season games remaining and have made it a point of emphasis to say that they want to enter the playoffs clicking on all cylinders.

Video: CAR@ARI: Aho doubles Hurricanes lead with 36th goal

They Said It:

Nino Niederreiter on having Domi at his center and what made him successful this evening…

“I think he was moving his feet well today and that’s key for his game. It was easy to play with him. We talked a lot on and off the ice and we tried to get him going.”

Max Domi touching on the importance of tonight’s two points…

“The last couple games have been tough, we know that. The games only get tougher now, so we have to find ways to chip away at ’em. We made some adjustments between the second and the third, we got the lead back and we shoved it right back down their throat essentially.”

Rod Brind’Amour touching on the third line and the performance of Domi…

They were good. All lines produced, all were effective. Obviously, with Jordan out, that’s a big hole. That’s asking a lot of Max and I thought he did a nice job.

What’s Next?:

The Canes will fly back to Raleigh Tuesday and return to work with a practice Wednesday before hosting Winnipeg on Thursday.

Bonus Notes:

  • Brett Pesce had a pair of assists tonight, his third multi-point game of the season.
  • Antti Raanta made 23 stops on 26 shots for his 13th win of the year.
  • The Canes had a season-high 51 shots in the contest.
  • Carolina moves to 49-20-8 on the season.

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