He kept a more level head in Game 2, however, even despite a few more questionable calls as the Hurricanes squeezed through with a 3-2 victory to tie the series, 1-1.
Brind’Amour spoke to the media over Zoom Friday morning.
On his message to the team when calls aren’t going his way: I don’t think there’s any new message. These guys have been in the NHL for a long time. There’s always adversity going on, all the time. This is nothing new. When you get behind, or get a bad bounce, or a call doesn’t go your way, that’s nothing new to the players. They all know it and understand that it’s part of the game. I think it’s a little bit of a rallying call, if you will, to the whole group like, ‘Hey, dig in here. We’ll get through it.’ So, it’s nothing new on what you say. It’s just part of it.
On how the series’ atmosphere has felt: I think the games themselves have been incredibly intense. I noticed that Game 1 against the Rangers. I was kind of shocked at how emotional it was considering what makes hockey great. It’s the fans in the stands and the emotion in the game that they bring, but the players have brought it. I think when you watch it on TV you hardly notice, in my opinion, that there’s anything different because the play is so good. That’s a credit to the players. Does it feel different? Obviously. The noise isn’t there and I’m sure that’s what [Tuukka Rask] is referring to.
On the roster changes: We had a couple of guys that came in that hadn’t played yet. Trevor van Riemsdyk comes to mind right away. I thought he did a good job considering that he hadn’t got into action yet, so he was good. Sami [Vatanen] came back and played and had a really good game and [Justin Williams] coming back is just good with that leadership thing. They were all contributors. It’s nice to see when you have to put guys in the lineup that they’re contributing.
On having two good goaltenders: Right from the start, we’ve talked about this a lot. We truly do believe we have two really good goalies, so it’s the easiest decision to make. It’s based on rest and giving the guy the best chance to succeed. We didn’t want to have a tired goalie or even a remotely tired goalie. There’s no reason to when you have another guy who you have a lot of faith in. I think that’s a lot of credit to [Reimer] because he’s put in the work to put him in this conversation.
On Haydn Fleury: His maturity as a player, you can see it. He’s a lot more comfortable making plays. There’s a confidence level that comes with that and coaches have to put them on the ice to get that confidence. We’ve done that and Dean [Chynoweth], who runs the defense, has done a great job of that. He’s put him in a position to succeed now and we’re starting to see the Haydn Fleury we all thought we got when we drafted him many years ago. It’s the maturity of a defenseman, and give him a lot of credit, because he’s hung in there.
On if the decision that goes into choosing a starting goaltender has changed in regards to a normal playoffs: I don’t think there’s any more communication. We definitely talk it through. Jason Muzzatti is the goaltender coach and he has a good relationship with both those guys and he has a real good feel for where they’re at with their mental and physical states. There’s a lot that goes into that, but at the end of the day, it’s one of those decisions that we’re right about whichever way we go. That’s how we feel about it. There is a lot of communication, but it’s probably overdone. It’s not that tough of a decision.
After the final media question, Brind’Amour made a statement on Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Claude Julien who was hospitalized on Wednesday night after experiencing chest pains. He has since been released from the hospital.
“I’d just like to throw our best thoughts out to Claude and the Montreal Canadiens. It’s something that we’re all thinking about.”