It wasn’t pretty, but the Hurricanes snapped their three-game losing streak Saturday night in Florida, topping the division-leading Panthers 4-3 in the shootout.
In regulation, Vincent Trocheck scored in his return to Sunrise, Jake Bean scored his first NHL goal and Warren Foegele scored a late, go-ahead goal. Trocheck, Bean, Foegele and Rod Brind’Amour spoke to the media after the win, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say.
On if the Canes wouldn’t be denied: I did like the fact that when we had the game in hand, and kind of a weird play happens where they just flip it and it hits a guy’s helmet, we didn’t get down. The next three shifts, we were all over them. That mentality, even with them scoring a late one, overtime looked like we had all the momentum. We were the positive team. I like how we bounced back from the negative things that go on in the game. So I did feel good when we were in overtime, that’s for sure.
On shootouts: Nothing’s automatic, that’s for sure. But we’ve definitely upped the talent level around here. So we have a lot of good options on the shootouts. It’s coming through this year, obviously.
On Vincent Trocheck scoring against his former team: You always like to see that even if he wasn’t a former player against them. I think it added a nice touch for him to play well against his old team. Even [James Reimer] coming up with a big win for us against his former team, I think that’s always a little bit more special.
On the special teams performance, specifically from Jake Bean: Yeah, it’s nice to see him get his first obviously. It’s funny. The power play was good. It wasn’t great. We just got a couple bounces or pucks that went in that weren’t going in the other night. It was basically the exact same stuff, same amount of zone time. Somehow those go in. We had some good entries. The big thing was the penalty kill. I know we gave up one, but that’s a great power play over there. If you look at it, we probably had more chances than they did on the penalty kill. We had three or four breakaways there on the penalty kill. That actually got our game going. Even though we were up 1-0, we weren’t playing very well. I thought the penalty kill and that stretch in the second period really flipped the momentum and got us going.
On Jake Bean getting his first NHL goal: All the boys on the bench were so happy and so excited for him. He’s been playing really well since he’s been up. You’re always just happy for the guy to get his first. No one better to get it than him because he works so hard. He’s a really special player and great person.
On finally getting two points: It wasn’t pretty. We’re just happy to get the win. We definitely need to figure it out, be consistent and stick to what makes us successful. Right now we’re having spurts of it, but we need to probably stop talking about it and all need to do it.
On Brett Pesce’s improved offensive play: Yeah, he’s got a lot of poise. We’ve got to go to the net. That’s where the goals are. It was a great shot by Brett.
On what it meant to the team to win in Trocheck’s return to Florida: [Trocheck] has been huge for our club this year. He plays in all situations. He’s a leader on this team. I’m definitely happy for him to keep contributing on our team. But playing against your old team, that’s got to be great. We’re happy we got the win there.
On if they have confidence to win the shootout every time: Yes, I think we can, but I don’t think we want to always go to a shootout every night. We’ve got a lot of talented guys, and they know how to score on the shootouts there. Hopefully we don’t keep having shootouts and we just play our game, but I know that we’re all confident that the guys who are going are going to get it done.
On his confidence and his first NHL goal: The goal is nice. Points are nice, but I think the confidence is coming from all over the ice. It’s coming from playing against good players and playing solid D and making a good first pass. I’m kind of figuring out my gaps and adjusting to that. As I get more comfortable, that helps my confidence the most.
On Martin Necas grabbing his first goal puck and getting it to Alex Nedeljkovic on the bench, both of whom he played with in Charlotte: Martin is a great player, even better guy. Same with Alex. I obviously had a lot of good memories with them in Charlotte. We won the Calder Cup together. We’re always supporting each other, and they’re always supporting me. It’s definitely pretty cool.
On what he saw on his goal: We had a good break in there on the power play. [Brett Pesce] just kind of rolled over the top and gave it to me, and I was walking down. No one really, I got no pressure. I saw Nino [Niederreiter] in front. He had a great screen on the goal. I wouldn’t have gotten it if he wasn’t there. So, I just saw Nino in front and had a little room up there on the right side. I just threw it at him.
On getting a goal and a shootout goal in a win against his former team: It’s a good feeling, obviously. I played here for a long time. There’s a lot of good memories here. To be able to come back and play against them and get the win, it’s really special.
On the video tribute he got from the Panthers: It was so weird. It was awesome to see the tribute they gave me. It was very classy of them. Obviously a little emotional. I was just trying to keep it together, really.
On stopping the bleeding and getting two points: We needed to get the win here. Obviously good teams, I know it’s a cliche, but good teams don’t lose back to back. We lost three in a row, so coming in tonight against a good team, we needed to get the win. We needed to have urgency. In this shortened season every game matters, every point matters. To get two points against a good team is important.