From the Coach
If we could have tightened up, it would have been beneficial. We gave up a lot here, I thought, tonight. You don’t want to give up the amount and the quality that we gave up.
(On overtime) You know what, we made a tough play there. Rask picked up the wrong guy, he picked up Ho-Sang which pushed him in and the d-man back, and now all of a sudden nobody’s there... but the way it unfolded, we picked up the wrong guy, they made a drop pass and we got duplication and then we’re screening the goalie... We turned it over 13 times. We looked like the Globetrotters there for a while, and then 13 turnovers, not at this time of year.
(On Wallmark) He’s been good. He’s been really good. The play he made on that 3-on-2 was a great play for Stempniak. It was a big save there, on the Stempniak shot, a save on the Nordstrom rebound, and a heck of a save on I guess (Wallmark)’s second rebound, so that was a good play by him, and it started with him being responsible defensively. ... He’s a good player. He’s had a good year, and we’ll see him again on Thursday against Minny.
From the Locker Room:
(On the overtime goal) We had the puck there, and tried to make a play to (Staal), and then just turned it over. They came down with a good amount of speed, and Tavares just made a pretty good shot. I probably screened (Ward) a little bit there but yeah. I tried to block it. I tried to get down on one knee and let Ward see over me, and like I said, he made a good shot.
I think we controlled play for the first two periods, besides those last couple shifts there in the second. Then again in the third, I thought we controlled most of the game. We had some chances to bury, and we had to put the puck in the net early on.
It was definitely the start we needed, especially after the game last night. They were probably coming out fired up. So we weathered the storm a little bit, got the first one there from Nordstrom... They kinda came back in the second a little bit, and then back and forth in the third.
I think we took a breath there at the end of the second and let them back in the game, and then all of a sudden it’s a tied game. I mean, I think overall our first two periods, I think we had good control.
(On Greiss) He played good. We had a lot of chances, but he played good, and next time hopefully we can put them in.
I think overall the games we had before were more open and back-and-forth, and today was a little tighter. Obviously every game against the Islanders is not gonna be 5-4 or 7-4 or whatever it was, so yeah it was a tighter game tonight.
(On his goal) It was huge. I had a lot of chances, and a lot of bounces off the stick, bar, and post or whatever, so it was good to see it go in, but as long as we don’t win, it doesn’t matter.
(On playing better hockey lately) We’re finding ways obviously to get points. Didn’t get the two tonight, but we’re playing some good hockey and creating a lot and being hard to play against and all of those things. It’s a thing that we want to continue to grow on and build off.
(On Wallmark) He’s a smart player. He’s got some slick hands and a good shot.
- Lucas Wallmark got his first career point in his second career game when he picked up the secondary assist on the goal from Joakim Nordstrom that opened the scoring.
- Nordstrom’s aforementioned goal was his second in two nights. Stempniak’s assist on the goal was also his first in two nights.
- Elias Lindholm’s second period goal gave him a four game point streak in which he has a goal and three assists. It also moved him to seven points in four games against the Islanders this season.
- Carolina conceded a goal to New York rookie forward Joshua Ho-Sang for the second night in a row. The two goals were the second and third of Ho-Sang’s young career.
- Carolina forward Jay McClement left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury. He would not return.
- With the overtime loss tonight, Cam Ward fell to 24-4-5 in his career against the New York Islanders.