The Hurricanes fired on all cylinders offensively in a 7-3 win over Columbus Monday night, with five players, including Jake Bean, Teuvo Teravainen and Brock McGinn, notching multi-point games.
Bean, Teravainen, McGinn and Rod Brind’Amour spoke to the media after the win, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say:
On being hot and cold tonight: We couldn’t have been much colder, so that was good. We just got kind of, I thought, at the start of the second, doing it the way we needed to do it. We got rewarded. It doesn’t always work that way. It felt like we scored on our chances tonight that normally it takes a few more to get the goals to go in. But I thought we finally got somewhat of a game together in the second. We were fortunate to capitalize.
On players like Jordan Staal elevating their game: I’m not really sure. In Jordan’s case, I’ve said this before, but it feels like he’s playing the same way, it’s just the opportunities, he’s cashing in, whereas in the past, like I said, I’d come back after the game and go ‘Who had the most chances or created the most,’ and his name was always on it, but there was nothing to show for it. So I’m not really sure, but we just hope it continues.
On Teuvo Teravainen: I think we touched on that the other day. I thought his last game, he looked a little closer to the way he plays. You could kind of see that he had a little jump to his step. The plays he was making, they were crisp. Hopefully he feels 100% real soon.
On Cedric Paquette’s debut: I think that’s always tough. First game with any new team, and how he got here, I’m sure that took a toll on him. I appreciated the effort he gave. I think he’ll get better and better too, once he learns how we play, the systems and all that. It’s tough to just walk in and play a game on a new team. I thought he contributed.
On battling in the trenches: That’s the game. Today’s game, it’s all about winning the little battles. We certainly weren’t great in the beginning of the game in those areas, and we had lapses throughout the game, but I thought we did a little better job in that area and we were able to capitalize. Tonight, we capitalized on chances. It doesn’t always happen that way.
On coming back being the system vs. the confidence in their abilities: I’d love to say it’s a bit of both, but it’s probably the more confidence they have in their abilities to get going. I don’t think we’re ever out of a game. We’ve kind of proven that so far this year. It’s a short sample size, but I do feel like there’s a lot of confidence in this group.
On Brock McGinn: I’d say they do it right. It’s kind of that simple. You put guys that do it right with some really talented players, you have the chance to see these kinds of results.
On getting his legs: I think today was maybe the first day I started to feel a little bit better. It’s been kind of tough with all the COVID and just haven’t felt normal. It’s been kind of tough. Hopefully it will get better now. It’s kind of tough to say, I just haven’t felt normal, I get tired really easy and the legs and the timing too because I haven’t played in a long time. I feel like it took a couple of games to get going again, but it’s starting to feel a little better now, so that’s good.
On the difference between the first period: We were just talking, that’s not the way we want to play. We need to get better and be simple, get the pucks in and that’s how we play, get some turnovers and that will work pretty good. We weren’t really playing our game, so we just had to get to our game, be simple. It’s nothing really much going on, that’s just how we play. We got some goals and that’s it.
On Brock McGinn: He’s been great. I think he could play on any line right now and be good. He works hard, he got a little scoring touch too, so it’s good for him.
On the disallowed goal: It’s pretty close sometimes, and I don’t know – it’s tough to say. The new rule, you can have your skate a little bit up too. It’s a close call. The first one we didn’t get it, and the second one is good that we got it.
On being purposely put in the lineup (vs. an injury replacement): I don’t really look at it like that. I’m looking at the longevity of my career, waiting for an opportunity to play and making the most of it. If tonight’s the opportunity that I needed to gain a little more trust in the coaches, that’s good, but I know I also have a long way to go.
On the response down two: It was like, we got down two and no one even had one thought they were going to lose. It gives you a lot of confidence. We knew that if we just played our game, we’d come back and make up the goals. We just took it a little at a time. No doubts the whole time.
On where he wants to be and how comfortable he feels in the NHL: I think it’s been a good start. I have pretty high expectations of myself – I want to be one of the best defensemen in this league for a long time. This is a good step, but I’ve got a long way to go.
On playing vs. the taxi squad: We had discussions when I didn’t play for a while about maybe going down to the American League if we could make that work, but with their season it didn’t really line up. It wasn’t worth it to just play one or two games. So I’m fortunate that I was here, and I’m fortunate that it worked out here.
On battling back: It feels good. I think that first 10 minutes wasn’t pretty for our team. I think we just had to dig in and get our game. I think we did a good job of battling back there and potting a couple, making it a game. In the third, I think we came out with that mentality that we needed to come out there and get that next goal, and I think we did a good job of that.
On winning in the dirty areas: I think it’s just the focus of playing our systems. Our systems are winning those battles and just making sure we’re getting pucks in there, putting the puck behind their net, going away and grinding. I think when we get to our game, we’re a pretty scary team.
On Cedric Paquette: He definitely had a long travel the last couple days. For him to come out and be crashing and banging, that was awesome to see. I think our bench obviously loved it. He’s a player you want on your team and not to play against.
On playing with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen: It’s awesome. They’re just so skilled. I think they see the ice so well and they go out there and work. I think they have that mentality every night. I’m just trying to do a job of getting open and they just make some special plays. It ends up on my stick and right now it’s working.
On if the Canes are surprised on their record: I don’t know if our room is surprised at all. I think we have the depth in this locker room, and we know anybody who comes into our lineup is going to play our systems and do a good job at it. I think we have the confidence in this group right, and we’ve just got to keep playing our game no matter who’s in the lineup.