Comments and postgame notes from the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena on Sunday evening...
From the Coach
Same story. We scored enough to win. Three is the magic number typically in this league. We just gave up too much. It’s not the way to win. It’s not a recipe for success, short term or long term.
We need to get 18 guys going. We don’t have 18 guys going right now. We’re losing shifts on a consistent basis with certain people on the ice and it can’t continue.
We won a d-zone faceoff, we didn’t execute, we’re hemmed in for a period of time, next thing you know we take a penalty, they score as a guy comes out of the box. That all started with a d-zone faceoff with a winger wide open that we didn’t make a play with. puck management is the biggest thing we have to address.
Inside the Room
Obviously that last one hurt. We made a few errors that ended up In our net. The game was in our hands and we found a way to give them that one.
We're still a young team that’s definitely learning. It’s a five man defensive unit. It takes one little bump, one little mistake from a guy in the wrong spot, and everything breaks down. You have to have everyone on the same page. That’s not easy to do. We need to continue to work on that.
We’re close. We’re getting better. We need to tighten up in our D zone and execute a little better. When we can get more confidence, we’ll get in these spots late in games and be able to close them out.
As the season goes along, the systems get tighter and tighter, and guys read off each other better. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be at that point now. We’re far enough into the season, we’ve been together long enough, we know the system. We need to tighten it up a little bit. We have a lot of talent that can take over. We’ll be fine if we can get that going.
- With assists on the Canes’ first two goals, Ron Hainsey had his first multiple-assist game since February 26, 2013, when he was with the Winnipeg Jets. His last two-point game was February 28 of this year, a one-goal, one-assist performance against the St. Louis Blues.
- Victor Rask’s eight-game point streak to start the season put him one ahead of Keith Primeau in the Hurricanes’ record book, and broke a four-way tie for second place in franchise history. As mentioned in the recap, Rask has three games to go to catch Ron Francis for the franchise record of 11 straight games with a point to start a season.
- The Hurricanes have totaled 64 points as a team this season (24 goals, 40 assists). The line of Skinner, Rask and Lee Stempniak have combined for 27 of those points (13 G, 14 A).
- The Flyers’ 1-for-3 performance on the power play saw them leapfrog the Canes into third place in the NHL in power-play performance. The shorthanded game-winner by Brandon Manning was the first the Canes have allowed while on the power play this season.
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