From the Coach
[On being shutout] No it doesn’t (happen a lot). I give them (Dallas) a lot of credit. I thought they checked real well.
[On team’s lack of sharpness] You know what, I agree with that. I thought everything was a grind, everything seemed hard. Everything was a split-second late or in the feet offensively so I don’t think we executed as well as we have here recently.
[On what went wrong] I think for whatever reason, things were just off tonight. I think both teams skated well, but I don’t think there was much at the net. I thought both teams did a good job defending...it was hard to get into the valuable ice for both teams.
[On continuing with the season] This is a quick turnaround. We’re gonna get on a plane, we’re gonna talk about what we always talk about, decide who’s gonna start in net and we’re gonna play at five o’clock. We’re gonna get ready to play, the routine won’t change.
From the Locker Room
[On lack of chances] I think we had a tough time getting through the neutral zone with any puck possession or any kind of forecheck...felt like we ended up stopped at the blue line a lot while we chipped it in and they just turned around and flipped it back out and we did it all over again...slow neutral zone day, but when we did get through we had a couple heavy shifts, but just not enough.
[On Dallas’ defense vs. Canes’ lack of offense] I think it was both (that caused the loss)...you gotta score if you wanna win, so we had to get at least one, and we didn’t find a way to get it done.
[On line juggling] It was a little tough to get into a rhythm...it was a weird game, not a lot of penalties. It seemed like it was tough for us to sort of get into the flow of the game and generate back-to-back-to-back shifts...we had some real good chances but just couldn’t seem to follow it up with enough on the next shift.
[On Dallas’ stiff defense] Yeah they were tight on us and it seemed like it was tough for us to penetrate...I think we had some good looks in some high-quality areas but I think they did a decent job of limiting those.
[On losing shoot-first mentality] I think we’d like to put a few more shots on net, especially some of those odd-man rushes where we didn’t really get a shot off but those are the reads you gotta make as players...just didn’t execute on those passes and maybe some of them we should’ve shot.
- The loss snapped Carolina’s franchise-record 13-game point streak. They had been 9-0-4 over that span.
- Jason Spezza’s second-period goal marked his 40th point in 38 games against Carolina.
- The Hurricanes went the full 60 minutes without taking a penalty for the fifth time this season, and have the lowest PIM per game in the NHL with just 5:56.
- Carolina now sits six points removed from the second wild-card position with five games remaining.