From the Coach
It felt like the first goal was going to win, especially the way it unfolded in the third. Unfortunately we had to kill the back to backs, but good job by those guys and Ward stood tall. Real good response and good job on the back to back.
These games are fine. [laughter] You have to stay with it. We’ve been in great positions lately. We were in a great position here. We’re on the power play with six minutes to go in a tie game, with a passionate fan base. I’d take that. When we play at home, in front of a passionate fan base, and we’re tied with six, seven minutes to go, I’m fine with that.
We’re going to make subtle little tweaks and adjustments. There are some things that we aren’t happy with, but there are a lot of things we are happy with. We have to get better offensively. We’ll get better offensively when Staal and Lindholm come back into the lineup. Derek Ryan was very good on faceoffs tonight, 7 for 11. That’s something we need. We need puck possession. We have skill on the back end, but we have to do a better job getting the puck to the net. We’re good at winning faceoffs, but what do we accomplish in the ten seconds after winning a faceoff?
In the Room
Phil Di Giuseppe:
[On the near-goal in the third period:] Hanifin made a great play to me in front and I was all alone. The goalie dove down and I had the whole net. I had my head down and couldn’t believe it.
When I got sent down, the team really started going. When I got called back up the team was still playing really well. A couple bad bounces here and there and we didn’t get any breaks. We did tonight, so it’s nice and it will be good moving forward.
We played hard the whole 60, limited them to very few grade-A chances. Ward made the big saves when we needed him to, and we came out with a W.
When you get home, guys are excited to see their families and want to perform well in this building. We want to see people in the seats, and the way to do that is to win hockey games.
It’s desperate times. We’ve had a bit of a difficult time scoring, and tonight we didn’t worry about that. You had that sense that tonight was only going to take one, and we played smart. We didn’t press or take too many chances.
Our penalty kill has been a difference maker all season. There’s a reason we’re on the top, and a reason that Tampa is on top of the power play. We made some big blocks again. Guys are stepping up.
We know we’re playing well. At the end of the day it’s about winning hockey games, and this team badly wants to win. It’s not like we’re getting the opportunities. We’re getting good looks, and you’d like to think eventually those will start going in.
That’s a good win. Now you want to build on it. We’re doing good things and sometimes haven’t gotten the result. You want to continue building on those good things and take them on the road.
Cam is probably the biggest part of the PK. Especially late in the third down 5-on-3, that’s a skilled bunch over there. The PK has come up big in big moments for us.
Both teams realized the importance of picking up points. We want to pick up as many points as we can. I thought we had a good push on the power play, and the PK was huge for us at the end.
That’s a good feeling. We’ve been in a lot of those games, and it’s not a good feeling when you can’t find that extra play to put you over the edge. It’s a good job by everyone, PK included to get to that point, then Phil comes up with a big goal for us to get the win.
- As mentioned in the recap, Cam Ward has two 1-0 shutouts in the last three weeks. He’s never had two 1-0 shutouts in the same season before in his career.
- And further to that point, the Canes haven’t had a six-game home winning streak since an eight-game streak in early 2010.
- The Canes are now into the third month of the season and have allowed six goals to opposing power plays all year. They’re perfect on the penalty kill in the last three games, and are up to 91.3%, leading the league by more than four full percentage points.
- Di Giuseppe’s goal was his first of the season, and his second career overtime game-winner. He also scored in the extra session last season in Boston.
- Viktor Stalberg, offensive dynamo, now has points in three of his past four games after assisting on Di Giuseppe’s game-winning goal, with four points in that span.
- The Canes are off on Monday. They will practice at Raleigh Center Ice on Tuesday morning before flying across the country to start their next in a seemingly interminable set of three game roadtrips on Wednesday night against the Ducks in Anaheim.