RALEIGH — There’s a buzz around the ice of PNC Arena that’s largely been absent over the last couple of seasons.
The W-word is being used.
Not weary, not woeful, not wretched.
As passengers got on the elevator before Friday night’s game against Vancouver, John, a silver-haired elevator operator, sat on his perch by the buttons, confidently remarking to his riders that there was a ‘winning mood’ around the place.
And it’s no wonder, Hurricanes entered the game riding a four-game win streak, including a 4-1 victory on the road against the St. Louis Blues Thursday night.
That streak and perhaps some of that ‘winning mood’ came to an end Friday as the Canucks skated out of PNC Arena with a 3-2 overtime win, despite the Hurricanes’ 40-22 edge in shots on goal.
And, for the fourth time this year, the Hurricanes were not assessed a penalty. Carolina is 1-1-2 in games where the team was not assessed any penalties.