From the Coach
I thought there was real good pace to the game, both ways. They did a good job of activating their D, which made our forwards track and reload. There was a lot going on in the game. Very competitive game, high level. Real nice plays being made at both ends.
The dangerous guys were dangerous. Tarasenko, Skinner, Aho was all over and had good jump, real good play by Tolchinsky on the Nordstrom goal. There were some good plays made both ways.
[On the impact of the emotion of the day] It has an impact, there’s a human element for sure - but it’s a positive impact. He’s done a fantastic job. A lot of respect from his teammates toward Bicks for multiple reasons. Everybody enjoyed [the ovation]. That was great. Outstanding.
It was good to return to our identity. It was a hard working, honest game. Lot of positives to take out of it. I’d love to just go out and play the right way. I’d like to be able to roll four lines - tonight was a little different, the flow was different. Hopefully tomorrow, up and down the ice, good pace, high energy, and five on five hockey.
In the Room
The last month has been a lot of hockey, but it’s been a lot for everyone in the league. We did a good job to come back a couple times. Wardo played great. Unfortunately we couldn’t get him the win, because he played unreal for us.
When you get two minutes at 4 on 3, you want to capitalize. Little sloppy on my part getting in the zone, but you need to capitalize on that.
Fans were great. They were loud. We’d like to get them a win for the last time they get to see us, but hopefully they had fun. Lot more fun when you win, though.
[On when he decided to retire] Probably about three or four days ago. Me and my family talked and the biggest thing is my health. I don’t want to take risks. Obviously I’ve played hockey for my life. It’s tough to leave, but I have a life after hockey and I want to be healthy and watch my kids grow up.
Tomorrow’s going to be the last game. It’s unfortunate. I tried. For me to be back here was a huge step, but I’m not going to ever feel what I used to be. To be on your A-game every game is obviously tough. I’ll have lots of friends and family coming down tomorrow. That will be special.
It was great to hear the “Bickell” chant. The guys were telling me to take a lap. The crowd appreciated that. It was something special. Obviously it would have been nice to get the win, but we made it close. It was a fun game.
I’m leaving off on a good note. I’m happy where I am.
[On the Canes’ future] There’s a lot of talent, as you can see. A lot of guys in their first or second years in this league. It’s definitely specialIt took me a handful of years to get into this league, and for them to step in the way they did, it’s special. They have a lot of talent in the minors. They’re going in the right direction.
- The Canes now lead the NHL with 31 overtime or shootout losses in the past two years, five more than any other team.
- Klas Dahlbeck’s goal was his first since November 8, and the helper that Jordan Staal earned on that goal tied his career high with 28 assists.
- Sergey Tolchinsky is doing his best to stake a claim to a roster spot next season. In three career NHL games, he has two assists. Not bad.
- Just to get a Zarley Zalapski reference in the notes tonight, here you go: Justin Faulk’s 17 goals are a Hurricanes record for a defenseman, and third in franchise history, behind Mark Howe’s 24 in the Whalers’ inaugural NHL season of 1979-80 and the immaculately-named Zalapski’s 20 in 1991-92.
- Noah Hanifin now has three multi-assist games this season after assisting on both of Skinner’s goals. His other two were a three-assist performance in Calgary on October 20 and two helpers in the wild goal-fest at the Islanders on March 13.
- The Canes end their season 23-12-6 on home ice, their best record since 2008-09. It’s the sixth time in franchise history the Canes/Whalers have hit 50 points on home ice.
- Skinner is a hat trick away from a 40-goal season, with the Flyers left to face tomorrow. He has five points in four games against Philly this season, and did this at the Wells Fargo Center last season: