I re-watched the game and thought the Tigers played a pretty good first half of the game. Their defensive game I thought was a lot better than in game 2. Unfortunately it was their offensive game that suffered a little bit.
Hurricanes were 2/4 in the PP while the Tigers were 0/1. They need to be better disciplined and get their power-play clicking.
Kristians Rubins had a weak interference called against him. Unfortunately it was that bad call that changed the momentum of the game.
A canes player basically cut Rubins off, slowed down and fell over on light body contact.
Hurricanes managed to generate a lot of momentum off that powerplay and scored twice soon after.
The canes are attacking the Tigers at the blue-lines. Almost every time the Tigers come up the ice they have 3 players at each blueline attacking the puck carrier. Hopefully the Tigers can notice this and have their players spread out or activate their defenceman to get through the muck.
The Tigers generate a lot of speed coming out of their zone from their own blueline and the canes have a good strategy to try and slow them down.
Activating Defenceman East & West
One thing that the Tigers are really good at, that has disappeared a little, is with their east/west passing in the offensive zone.
The Tigers didn't do a good enough job going around the horn D to D and back down low to open up passing lanes and getting the canes out of position.
The canes were pretty content collapsing down really low giving up the point sometimes and the Tigers didn't do a good enough job to generate chances off that.
Faceoffs in Hurricanes zone.
They have a set play going where upon puck control their forwards are taking off down the ice near the boards for long stretch passes to get out of their zone. I guess that is a fairly common play but the Tiger forwards need to be aware of that and try and get into the middle of those passing zones to make those passes difficult.
Wishing the Tigers best of Luck in game 4!