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Notes and Quotes from the Hurricanes’ 2-1 Shootout Win Over Sabres

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Cam Ward, Jordan Staal, Lee Stempniak and Bill Peters spoke to the media following Carolina’s 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo.

Jamie Kellner

From the Coach

Bill Peters:

We had the puck a lot tonight through 40, they had the puck a lot in the final 20, and we had the puck a lot in overtime. That’s the way it felt.

I thought we played better last night than we did tonight. We played better last night and lost and we played not as good tonight and won. You got to stay with it, you got to battle. When it was 1-0 I thought we could’ve made it two, three, four. We had multiple opportunities there.

I like our play right now, I like our play at home.

[In regards to rolling all four lines:] Well, I think it's beneficial when you can and you look at that line (Joakim Nordstrom, Jay McClement, and Viktor Stalberg) and they had a lot of good opportunities. They got us on the board early and they won a lot of shifts. They were good.

We’re happy with where we’re at and we’re going to continue to work to get better. We have some things that we can clean up and we’ll do that.


In the Room

Cam Ward:

We competed real hard in a back-to-back situation. I thought they played kinda stingey too. It was a game where there wasn’t a lot going on and both teams were waiting for their opportunities. We controlled the play for the first 40 minutes and you have to give them credit for making a push in the third period.

Jordan Staal:

It was a tight game throughout the whole match. They did a good job at making a push there at the end and tying it up. I thought we continued to play well in overtime. Shootouts have been a sore spot for us and Wardo did a great job and we got a couple big goals from some skilled guys.

Lee Stempniak:

[In regards to his shootout goal:] I just tried to get him (Anders Nilsson) to move side-to-side a bit. He’s a big goalie so I just had to get it over his pad.

It was a good game tonight. A lot of hitting, more physical than most games. They had a big push late and tied it up but I thought we did a very good job in overtime. We had the puck and had some good chances. It’s good to get the win in shootout. Those points make a big difference at the end of the year and we haven’t been getting our fair share so it’s good to get that point.


Game Notes

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have now picked up points in each of their last nine home games, going 8-0-1 in that stretch. It’s the longest such streak Carolina has had since the 2008-09 season, in which they went on a franchise record 12-game home win streak.
  • Brett Pesce skated in his 100th NHL game on Saturday. He tallied an assist on Joakim Nordstrom’s first-period goal.
  • The Hurricanes are now 4-1-0 in the second half of back-to-backs this season. They are 1-2-2 on the front end, including their 4-3 shootout loss to the Capitals on Friday night.
  • Unsurprisingly, Carolina will not skate tomorrow. They will hit the ice again Monday morning ahead of their 7:00 pm game against the Detroit Red Wings at the PNC Arena.