The Hurricanes have their backs against the wall, but they know what they need to do now: Come up with a much better effort than the third period of game four against the Bruins, and take it one game at a time.
Forwards Vincent Trocheck and Brock McGinn spoke to the media via Zoom Tuesday about what lies ahead.
On being able to build on controlling games: I think we just have to go out there and focus on our game right now. I think we have nothing to lose right now. We just have to go out there and win one game at a time. The way we’re going to do that is just to go out there and play our style. We’ve got to get more pucks to the net and just create chaos around the goalie. That’s how we’re going to get our chances.
On playing in empty arenas and if the crowd would have made a difference: It’s the playoffs right now no matter what. I think it still kind of feels like that out there on the ice. The intensity’s really high. But I think you definitely miss the fans out there. PNC is a great place to play in the playoffs. It’s so loud, and it just brings the energy to the team. You just have to find a way to come out and win in that third period. We’ve just got to go out there, try and put that one behind us and win the next one.
On being in the bubble: I think it’s definitely a different situation, but at the end of it we have a chance to win the Stanley Cup here. I think that’s got to be our mentality. Going into the rest of the series and going into game five here, we just need to buckle down, come out with the win and just build off that. So I think overall it’s a little different situation, but we’ve just got to find a way to win here.
On being able to build on his line in the first two periods of game four: I think I gained a little bit of chemistry. It was nice playing with [Justin Williams] and [Ryan Dzingel] yesterday. I think we meshed a little bit together and gained a little chemistry. Moving forward, we just have to build off of that and those are two really good players. Williams is really easy to play with, he’s a smart player, works hard. Dzingel’s a fast player. I think the three of us work well together so it’s just a matter of building off that.
On the postgame after game four: It’s obviously a disappointing loss. Nobody’s proud of what we did yesterday. To give up a lead like that in the third period, up two in the playoffs is unacceptable. At the end of the day, it’s a seven-game series and we kind of had to look ourselves in the mirror last night, think to ourselves: ‘Did we do enough?’ We have to put it behind us now and look towards the next game. Right now all we’re focused on is game five.
On if the bubble situation gets easier or harder: A little bit of both. Obviously time away from family is difficult, so the longer you’re away from them the harder it gets. But comfortability with being in the bubble and getting used to being here, it gets a little easier. Like Brock said, at the end of the day we’re here to win a Stanley Cup and everybody on this team is focused towards that. So being in the bubble doesn’t really make much of a difference to us.