After hanging in for two periods, the Hurricanes managed to find their footing and tie the game thanks to Haydn Fleury’s first career playoff goal to take the game to overtime.
However, soon after Carolina killed the remaining seconds of a questionable call at the end of the first overtime, the Bruins managed to find the back of the net to take a 1-0 series lead.
After the game, Captain Jordan Staal and forward Brock McGinn spoke with the media over Zoom.
On putting the game into perspective with the delay, extended layoff and missing Justin Williams: There could be a lot of excuses you could pull up obviously. As a group we didn’t love our effort. We didn’t do some of the things that we are known for and that make us a gritty team. I thought there were some shifts here and there, but they played a good game. We have to be better though if we want to be the best. Myself included. There are a lot of excuses we can roll into it, but we didn’t have our best today and we’ll go back into it tomorrow.
On what he would like to see improve: Our style. Our style is a forechecking team and grinding them out, but they did that to us tonight. You could see it started to wear on us. We were playing in our own end too much. I think finding a simpler game and getting pucks to the net and finding second chances. All those things they did a pretty good job against us today. We want to do those things and get back to our game.
On the time off before Game 1: That’s another excuse you can pull up. I thought we did a good job of preparing for the game and I know last night we were chomping at the bit to get going. That didn’t happen obviously and switching right to the morning was different, but we’ve battled through worse and we got a group that has dealt with adversity and enjoys that challenge. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t come out with our best, but I can see it being a long series with two good teams and hopefully we’ll get better for next game.
On turning the game around in the third period: I think the way we get shots on the net is just playing our style of game. We just got to forecheck them and get pucks to the point and crash and bang in front of the net. I think in the first couple of periods we didn’t get to our game at all and then kind of halfway through the third period we started to do that and create opportunities. We just got to take some things from this game and move on and go to the next one.
On the penalty kill and his shorthanded goal: I think our penalty kill did a good job today of taking away their opportunities and just their time and space. To get that goal, I think it gave our bench some momentum and a little bit of spirit. It was nice getting that goal and getting the game right back for us.
On having a game tomorrow: I think that’s going to benefit us. Just getting it out of our minds that much quicker. You don’t have to spend that extra day dwelling on the loss, but I think just getting right back into it and getting out there is good. Just trying to win the next.