Once again it was Charlotte’s red-hot power play that paved the way, with the unit converting on two of five man advantages, plus adding a third goal that came just as Hartford’s penalty expired.
Martin Necas continued his scoring tear on the man advantage, punching home a rebound from a play created by Tomas Jurco and Jake Bean for his fifth goal in five games. Bean and Necas also combined to set up Julien Gauthier later for another power-play tally, securing their second straight multi-point game each.
Alex Nedeljkovic took his spot between the pipes for the third consecutive game and came away with another win, stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced on the night, including 14 in the final frame alone.
I didn’t like the start. They were taking it to us a little bit early and we got a big power-play goal. We have to play better at five-on-five tomorrow. We gave them way too many chances. They out-chanced us five-on-five and we really got three power-play goals there because the guy was still in the box (for the second). We’ve got to be better at five-on-five.
Vellucci on the power play
The first one was a good shot and a rebound with Marty getting down low, which we’ve talked about for a long time. The second one with Brownie we talk about taking it to the net and he did a good job there. On the third one was a great pass by Beaner to Goat, and one-on-one he had all the time in the world and made a great play
Vellucci on Alex Nedeljkovic
The coaches were just talking about it. He’s played a lot of big games but he was focused today and really kept us in there. They had six chances to our two in the third period and could have made it 3-2 really easy because we gave them too many looks, but he was really steady.