Things could not have gone much more poorly for the Hurricanes in a 3-1, game three loss to the Boston Bruins Saturday. The team looked flat after the first period, and lost young forward Andrei Svechnikov to a scary-looking leg injury in the third period.
Here’s a full breakdown of everything Justin Williams and Jaccob Slavin had to say after the loss.
On the difference between game two and game three: We’ll certainly look at it. The thing in playoffs is, there’s no real secret sauce. You can get little tidbits here and there from the coaches. That’s what they’re there for, to help you out and make things a little bit easier. I don’t see the similarities between last year other than that we’re down in the series. It’s a new year, new circumstances, but I thought they played better tonight, but we’re still there. But we’ve got a lot more to give. We plan on being here for a long time, so we’ve got to show up.
On the issues in the second and third periods: We came out in the first, I thought we had a really good period. And then I don’t know after that, if we thought it was going to be like that the whole time. They were going to push back, I’m not sure what it is. They pushed back. That’s what they do. They’re a championship hockey team over there. A lot of pedigree over there, a lot of playoff experience. We weren’t ready for the pushback, and as a result we had to chase the game.
On Andrei Svechnikov: He wasn’t in the room after. We didn’t see him.
On Tuukka Rask opting out: That’s his situation, and that’s a personal decision for him. I think he cited something about family. So that doesn’t change what we have to do, though. It doesn’t change how we have to prepare, how we have to go about our game plan and that shouldn’t come back to what we do. We’ve just got to get back to our game.
On what the team can control to avoid getting in a poor situation: We’ve just got to be there mentally. We know how to play the game. We know how to do it the right way. It’s just a matter of actually doing it. So we’ve got to get back to that. Obviously special teams is a huge part of the playoffs, and we didn’t win that battle today. So that’s going to be something that we have to win that battle going forward. We have to win individual battles throughout the game and we didn’t do that today.