While more calls didn’t go Carolina’s way, the teams overall fight and determination shined through, eventually capped off by a third period go-ahead blast by Dougie Hamilton.
Forwards Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov along with Hamilton spoke to the media over Zoom following the game.
On the officiating: We just want to play 5-on-5 and get to our game. I think we played pretty good today. They scored two goals on the power play so we shouldn’t take those penalties, but other than that I think 5-on-5 was pretty good and we wanted to keep it at that.
On playing with more confidence: We switched up the lines a little bit, so I played with [Svechnikov] and [Trocheck] and I felt a bit more comfortable. We still haven’t played that many games and everyone I feel a little better. Today I was probably feeling the best. Just got to keep playing and keep scoring just like that.
On having a better performance tonight than in Game 1: That first period was very hard, but when I hit McAvoy, it felt pretty good. After that penalty, I came out and was a little bit frustrated, but I was ready to go. It was a pretty good game of hockey.
On how they are dealing with the Bruins: They’re a good team. They beat us last year and we have to give it back to them. It’s a hard game, but now it’s tied. We have to play hard because they’re going to play hard too.
On getting his first goal out of the way: It feels good. The circumstances of the game and it having been a long time for me since I played hockey. For seven months, you’re thinking of that kind of stuff: Playing a game, scoring a goal. That’s kind of what fuels you when you’re in those tough moments of rehab, so it feels great.
On how he feels physically: I feel good. I think I put a lot of work and preparation into playing again and I feel good.
On Rod Brind’Amour going to bat for the team: We all respect him so much and play hard for him no matter what. When he said that, we wanted to win for him. Rally for him. Not much else to say other than we want to play hard for him and that we respect him so much.
On what to carry over into Game 3: We got to our game a little more tonight. Didn’t have puck possession too much in their end yesterday and we got a little bit of that today. We did what we needed to do and got some goals from that.
On the game-winning goal meaning anything more: First of all, it’s my grandmother’s birthday today. I think that one was for her. Other than that, it’s always great to score against your old team in the playoffs and especially third period and all that stuff. It’s always fun to score goals.