Through two periods, game four of this series was looking good for the Hurricanes. And then, very quickly, it wasn’t.
The Canes surrendered four unanswered goals and fell 4-3, and now face a 3-1 series deficit. Here’s a full breakdown of everything Rod Brind’Amour had to say after the loss:
On the Canes being outshot so badly in the third period: There’s a lot of reasons. We weren’t ready to continue to do that dig in that we needed to do. It was just little battles. They threw everything at us. We didn’t have an answer. It was tough to watch, that’s for sure. I love this team, I love my guys. We learned a lesson today, though. I’ve got to take the good also, with this group. It’s been mostly good for me for a year and a half for two years, with the effort and the way they play. I’ve got to take the bad on this one. It wasn’t good. We just sat back and we let them take it to us. That’s what championship teams do. They take it to you. We’ve got to learn from that, for sure, but this one’s going to sting for awhile.
On getting a big kill at the start of the third and a letdown: We killed some penalties tonight. Not all that well, they had some good looks. That should have got us going, but it was one of those where we just couldn’t stop it. It was tough to watch with this team. That’s not something that I’ve seen out of us, ever. You give the other team a lot of credit. Obviously they came after it. But the lack of pushback was something that I hadn’t seen out of this group. I’ll take the heat for that. I needed to have my guys better prepared for that third period that was coming.
On it coming down to a mistake and experience: I don’t know. Reimer was great tonight. He kept us in the game, had us to a 2-0 lead. I don’t know. I just think it was one of those third periods where we took the foot off the gas and the other team certainly had it on. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong, but it’s not even the score, it’s how we played that period, that’s really disturbing for me. I’ve got to have my guys better ready to go in the third for such a crucial game in our season, and I didn’t.
On Jordan Staal: I haven’t been in there to see him yet, so I don’t know what the status is.
On where the team goes from here: I’m going to take some time here, because emotions are obviously at a certain point. That’s what I’ve always said about even taking over as coach. I want to make the people that support this organization proud of how we play. I think we’ve done that for most of the time that I’ve been here. Today we didn’t. That’s the most disturbing thing for me. So we’ve got to pick the pieces up and make sure we put an effort forward that you can say ‘Hey, that’s how it should look and be proud of it.’ Win or lose, you’ve got to be proud of how you play, and that didn’t happen tonight.
On the challenges of bubble life coupled with the challenge ahead: That’s probably the best question. There is a lot at play here. We talked about it this morning. I think it makes it a little harder, but like I said, we’ll pick the pieces up tomorrow and I’m sure we’ll have a better effort than what you saw, we’d better. We had a decent game going. We did some good things. That finish, obviously, I’ve never seen anything like it. We’ve got to be better. I don’t know what else to tell you. We’ve got a proud group in there and I’m sure they’ll bounce back.