The Hurricanes simply could not muster enough offense in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night, despite the return of Vincent Trocheck, who registered an assist.
Trocheck, Brady Skjei and Rod Brind’Amour spoke to the media following the loss, here’s a full breakdown of everything he had to say:
On if this was a different game than the first ones against Chicago: It was a weird game. Just looking at it, we didn’t generate any offense. We gave them two goals. That’s just simple in my opinion. We just handed them two, and there really wasn’t much happening in that game. It was kind of a gross hockey game, to be honest with you. We didn’t fight hard enough to get the grade-As. We did OK at certain times. It wasn’t like we gave up much, but we just didn’t do enough to win the game.
On Vincent Trocheck: He was probably our best player in my opinion. Every shift, he was engaged. He worked hard. He created a little bit of action, early especially. He was good.
On why the Hurricanes couldn’t sustain their strong first period: What happened was we gave them two right away to start the second. We just said ‘Here you go, here’s two goals.’ Just very frustrating, because it’s in the NHL when you make them earn them, but we just said ‘Here you go.’ So that was frustrating. And then it just kind of took the sails out of us from there on. It’s not like we played a poor game. We just had a couple that cost us.
On if he was surprised there were only three power plays: Yeah, we could have used a couple tonight. I think we only had one. In a game like this, where there wasn’t a lot of opportunities, that would have been nice.
On how he felt in his first game back from injury: I felt good. Obviously it’s a fast hockey game in the NHL whenever you miss a few games. It takes a step out of your game for a minute, but I felt pretty good.
On how long it took him to find his groove: I thought I felt pretty good from the start. I just needed to get a few hits and feel the game a little bit.
On playing with Andrei Svechnikov and Jesper Fast: It was good. I thought we had a few chances we probably should have capitalized on. Obviously [Svechnikov] is a very dynamic player. As much as I can I’m just trying to get him the puck. [Fast] works really hard, and he works down low and gets us the puck and makes some room. Those two are nice to play with.
On this game feeling drastically different than the first few against Chicago: I think so. We didn’t play to our game as well as we did the first few times. We gave them a few goals early in the second and had an uphill climb from there. We just weren’t able to get those two goals.
On if he felt frustrated and impatient to get back on the ice: Yes. Absolutely. It’s not fun watching.
On if this game was tighter than the first few games against Chicago: Yeah. They did a good job of making it a tough game on us. I still think we could have created a few more quality chances at the net. But yeah, it was definitely a more controlled game than the previous ones.
On Kevin Lankinen’s performance: He played well. No doubt about that. We put a lot at him in the first. I thought the first was our best period by far. We didn’t build off that or continue that pace of play. We’ve got to come back on Thursday and get two points out of this trip.
On why there was a lack of shots in the third period: I’m not sure. I don’t know if there were a bunch of blocks. We try to put as many pucks as we can to the net, especially as defensemen. I think that’s a big part of our offense, is getting pucks through and creating some chaos in the O-zone. We’ll have to do a better job of that on Thursday.