The Hurricanes lost in brutal fashion in a 3-2 shootout defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night, giving up a game-tying goal with under 30 seconds left in overtime and getting a potential overtime winner from Dougie Hamilton waved off on an offsides challenge.
Rod Brind’Amour, Warren Foegele and Andrei Svechnikov spoke to the media after the loss, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say:
On Svechnikov getting rewarded: It’s a weight off his shoulders. Like I said, it doesn’t really affect the way I think of how he’s been playing. But for him, it’s a big weight. He puts a lot of pressure on himself.
On Svechnikov playing hard: He does play hard. He takes a lot of penalties, because he’s just tenacious and he’s trying to go. You see he gets a lot of stick infractions, where he’s on a second and third effort. It’s not a lack of effort. He’s still learning. He’s going to learn from this one about going offside. Take the extra second, make sure; it’s a 4-on-3, no reason to get excited and get that goal right now. One thing at a time. I don’t think you’ll see him do that again. There’s a lot of learning process that’s going on for him. He’s still a young man.
On the ending to the game: There’s nothing not to like, other than the result. It was a grind. And we knew that coming in, it’s a mental grind. You can’t open up, you can’t do things and yeah, we had the game won. Unfortunately things just didn’t work out. Crazy ending there, on the overtime [offside], but there’s a lot of good in there. Obviously the last play is just a weird one. Seth Jones is a good player, we know that, and he ripped a good shot to tie it up. And then, still, every time something bad happened we bounced back. In overtime I thought we were really good. We got a bunch of good looks. Their goalie played really well.
On officiating: You’re preaching to the choir. It is what it is. It’s a rule, like you’re talking about there – I don’t even get the rule anyway. Why can’t the guy push his stick to him? What’s the difference? But that’s the rule – but you’re not catching that live. I don’t know. Our sport’s too hard to really referee live. You need a quick second look. It’ll come. It will be 20 years – I’ll be long gone when they get this figured out. But the refs are so good at catching most of the stuff. I don’t know how they do it. We had a conversation today about it on the ice. I get to look at it ten times before I can figure out if it was right or not. They’ve got to make this on the fly. It’s too hard.
On scoring greasy goals: That’s how you score in this league five on five. Against these guys, they’ve got big D, and you’ve got to get inside them. It was a good game by us. I thought we stuck with it. We could have easily gotten frustrated the way the game was going. There wasn’t a lot of action offensively for some guys. We stuck with it and it didn’t happen. It was a weird game that way. I’ll take the effort and I’ll take that 60 minutes. That was pretty solid.
On there being a skill to scoring greasy goals: Yeah, of course, that’s a skill. That skill is getting to the net, finding a way to get your stick on pucks, finding a way to roll off your check. There’s a whole dynamic going on in there. But more important is the will factor. You’ve got to be willing to get in there and do some dirty work. We did that tonight. Like I said, it was one of those things. Weird ending obviously, but let’s move on.
On moving on from this one: You just forget about it and move onto the next game. During our eight-game winning streak, there were probably games that we didn’t deserve to win and we won. Tonight, we deserved better and that’s just part of the game. Just keep working hard the way we did. We fought hard tonight, and let’s just focus on the next one.
On scoring greasy goals: For sure. You’ve got to go to the net if you want to score goals. Both those plays are just creating chaos at the net and creating a lot of pressure. It was nice that I got that in.
How hard is it to shake off a game like this: I think the nice thing this year is we play so frequently that we’ve got tomorrow to practice and then you go back to the game. We don’t have that many days off. It’s practice and back to the game.
On if he was happier with the effort: I thought we played hard. We competed. We know what this series against them is going to be. It’s going to be tight and not much is going to be given. You’re going to have to be gritty and keep working hard, just eliminate from their chances. I thought we played hard tonight, it’s just unfortunate the way the results were.
On the mood in the locker room after a loss like that: It’s bad. We were so close. We were up 2-1 and then they scored. It was kind of my bad in overtime; I went offsides. I should be a little bit patient. It’s bad. We’ve got to stay focused and try to be focused on the next game.
On scoring being a relief for him: When you score you get more confident. I had so many chances in the last games, but when you score but you lost the game it’s kind of bad. We’ve got to focus on the next game.
On being offside: I actually didn’t know that I was offside. I think I just got too excited. It’s 4-on-3, I should be a little bit patient, but it’s hockey, that happens. I feel bad.
On scoring a goal at the front of the net: Sometimes you’ve got to go to the net, grind that puck, create that chaos and try to look for a bounce or something and score those goals. Especially against that team.