Dwane Casey’s 500th career game as Toronto’s coach had plenty of moments to go sideways, especially after his team let a 15-point lead slip away in the first half.
Alshon Jeffery, working out of the slot in the red zone, puts Eagles up 24-0 with five seconds left in the half. The score, his seventh of the season, triggers a $250,000 performance clause in Jeffery’s contract, as well as an extremely good celebration.
Silfverberg roofed a wrist shot with 35 seconds left in the second period, capitalizing on a clear path to the net when Carolina defenseman Haydn Fleury fell down.
“It’s a game of mistakes, we all say,” Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk said. “It gets tough when we’re in a little bit of a tough stretch right now. Every mistake weighs on you a little bit more. You think about it more. You end up gripping your stick a little tighter, trying to bear down and make those plays.”
The Hawks have beaten Cleveland three of the last four games dating to last season, and Lue said Schroder is a major reason why.
“I think Schroder, he’s improved his jump shot, he’s shooting the three a lot better, the pull-up jumper a lot better so you can’t really go under as much because he can make that shot,” Lue said. “His speed and quickness, you try to switch one through four and it’s a mismatch. With the fives you try to blitz and they’ve got guys rolling to the basket that will finish at the rim.
“Then they’ve got shooters all around him, (Kent) Bazemore and (Luke) Babbit, those guys can make shots but also put the ball on the floor. When you have four or five guys on the floor that can shoot but also put the ball on the floor, it makes it tough.”