The season is over for Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena on Monday night, as Canes lost 6-2 to Rangers.
It was the first-ever loss in the Hurricanes’ seventh game as a team, as New York dominated from start to finish handing Carolina their first home loss in this playoff.
After the defeat, Hurricanes coach Rod Brindmore, Jacob Slavin, Jordan Stahl and Sebastian Aho spoke with members of the media.
This is what they had to say:
On whether this was the most difficult moment of his coaching career: They are all difficult. Every year it always ends up being hard. Perhaps it was even more difficult because I felt like we were in a different place this year. It wasn’t that we were better than everyone else, but I felt like we were no worse. We were there. This might make it a little more difficult. It’s another chance, I don’t want to say it was lost, but it’s another year where you don’t get that chance. I am very proud of the group, in general. It’s been an exceptional year just as the players have played every game since the start of the pre-season until now. They gave everything they had. As a coach, I’m proud of that. I’m very proud of the group, and obviously very disappointed with the group.
On what should have been the best Monday night: It’s the same story. I thought we had a great first period, then I looked up and we fell back twice because they hit my two goals of playing the powerhouse. It was a killer because I really felt like we were playing really well. This is kind of a broken record in this series.
On the transformation in the game when Jarvis was injured: This kind of sums it all up in this transformation. [Martin Necas] jumps. He doesn’t realize that Jarvis is the toast, and Jarvis is out of it. That was a big hit in this game.
On whether Ante Ranta’s injury was serious and whether he would have the chance to play in the next series if they win: Yes… and no chance. He’ll be checked tomorrow, but he was going out, I don’t know for sure. But he wasn’t looking very good walking out of here.
If he has any trouble with the hit on Jarvis: I haven’t even looked at her. But everyone said nothing to me. Usually how we do it is there is a video guy telling me whether it’s a good call or not. They didn’t say anything. So, I didn’t look at it.
It comes down to just not being able to score goals: Yes, that’s a good point. I’m glad you brought it up. This is what really happened here. There was no shortage of humiliation. It was under-scoring, but it’s usually under-scoring because you don’t get the chances or the chances. This is really not what this was. You have to work hard to get your chances, and I think we did. I don’t think we gave up a ton. We did tonight near the end because we were open, but that’s why I’d say I’m proud of the group. They played hard and did it the right way, but they have some talent there. They played their identity. I gave them a lot of credit. They benefited from their power play and when they collapsed they knew they had a goalkeeper in there who made some great saves. It will be an interesting series for them. I think they are two very similar teams in many ways. We’ll see how it goes. But it’s a hard way to finish. It’s always disappointing to lose and quit. But I’m very proud of the steps we’ve taken this year and the group in general.
If they should step back and re-evaluate whether some of these attackers are as good as they think: I always think they are good, do we only have elite scorers? Maybe not. But we have great players. We’re built a little differently for some teams. You have to play to your strengths. I think we did, but it didn’t work out. Going to tonight there are five teams left playing. This says something. We should come back next year and be better.
This is the last match with this group: Yeah, we said that last year and we had nine new guys. You never know how it will go. Hockey is a company and players have to do what they have to do. We’d like to keep all these guys and get back to it right away, but that probably won’t happen. This is the way things go.
On the team not making it to their game this series and going beyond this level: I think there were parts of our game in every game. Sometimes I thought we’d get past them all, and that’s our game; Throttle teams and work on them low. We definitely had little bits of it, but I think it’s because we have to score more goals. In a game of strength, 5 by 5, whatever it is, we should be able to put the pucks in the back of the net. To get past this at this point and get over the hump, when you look back at all the years, I think special teams are what always comes up. We lose the battle of the special teams. We have to win those, especially at this time of year.
On the difference between the regular season and the post-season for a penalty kick: It’s tough or rough everyone is better in the playoffs, so we have to up our game. Especially on the PK side. We have to be able to stay out of the box, too. We give chances and chances to play with their best players playing at their best, things are bound to happen. First, we have to stay outside the box, but secondly, we have to be able to raise our game to that level.
On the level of disappointment with the season they went through and expectations: It is definitely the problem. We have a great group of guys out there. There was no shortage of effort. There was no shortage of effort. Day and night, we always work hard. Throughout the season, the guys worked hard. He’s frustrated. It’s definitely sad to have the level of team we had and we didn’t go any further.
On the sting of knowing they haven’t got where they want to go: Like I just said, it’s a big problem. The group of guys we had there were great. The coaching staff has done a great job getting quality hockey players and quality people in too. its a problem. We’ll see how things shake off the off-season. It’s sad to see guys go because we have such a tight-knit group.
On Seth Jarvis’ injury and injury and how it changed the dynamic: He is a warrior. He may be on the smaller side, but he’s confused and has a lot of hearts. It’s a big component of our attack. It’s always hard to see someone fall like that, but especially someone who’s been competitive all year and all of the playoffs. It should not change the outcome of the game.
On whether the lack of scoring was bad rebounds and missed chances or more, the top players should step up matters: I think maybe it’s a combination of all of that. See who was in the tuck for them. Play all the series incredibly. Tonight he had a big save after a big save there when we were trying to come back. He is a great goalkeeper. I think it’s a combination of everything. A lot of our game is just throwing pucks into the net, sometimes they bounce on your stick and sometimes they don’t. It’s tough for sure, but it’s all put together and people have to step up. I am one of them. We need big players to get big time.
If it was more difficult this year because they were more experienced and expected to win more: Yes, I think so. Look at previous years and the teams we lost. Props to them they played a great streak, but at the end of the day, yeah.
Regarding the number one thing they could have done better on Monday night: I mean, there were a lot of things. We beat tonight. I don’t know. We couldn’t solve it early on. Going back 2-0, PK should be clearly better. We were chasing again, and chasing is not easy.
On what was different about the postseason specials: No, we certainly weren’t trying to change anything. We were trying to do what we do best. They did some good plays in the power game. They have very good playing power. But PK has been strong all year, and obviously you have to keep going if you want to win the playoffs. Same with our strength. It’s been solid all year, but obviously should have been better too. Our game was 5 on 5 there.
If this person stings a little more because they feel like they’re more experienced and a better team: In a series of seven matches, you might think that the right team wins. Like I said, we played 5 on 5 there was. I feel like we can play with anyone in the league and dominate. We found a way to beat ourselves up with some different plays in two different games. This was it, I think.
On what he will remember most about this season: The season itself was fun. Men bought. It was a great room, fun to be a part of and fun to drive. Beating Boston was a great feeling and a great playoff start. We were there with these guys. After Game Seven, we’re obviously on the wrong side this time, but did we want to get to Game Seven? no. The start of the series was great, and we needed to find a way to sneak up on the road. which we didn’t. Tonight had a few shakes and not everyone was there, including me. An unfortunate way to end the season.
On Jarvis’ injury and injury and how hard it was to shake that off early in the game as a team: This obviously wasn’t fun to watch. Jarvis would be a really good player. Really good player. Obviously, it was hard to see him come out. He doesn’t shy away from going to dirty areas. He wins battles and does all the right things. He is just smart. It’s a shame to see what happened tonight, but the guy is a good player.
If Monday was a missed opportunity or did they miss chances earlier in the series that wouldn’t have left them to play in Game Seven: I mean, obviously if we win down the road, one win there will help us big time, right? The sixth game was an elimination game. Even three or four games. Get one of those and it’s a whole different story. We had our chance tonight and we didn’t take it. So yeah. It doesn’t really matter what happened in the past. It’s about the moment, and obviously we couldn’t win the hockey game tonight. So, this will do it for us.
Regarding what they could do better: I’m sure I can give you a slightly better answer in a day or two, but the special difference maybe? It’s hard to tell you now. We just lost the match.
On having to wind down that blow and early injury to Jarvis as a team: Disturbing to see a guy come down, and I really hope he’s OK. I haven’t seen him since. I hope he’s fine, he’s a great player. It’s obviously been a big time for us all year long. We definitely missed him a bit there, but another guy has to step up and do it as a group. You have to leave everything on ice. I’m not saying that’s why we lost the game, but it makes things difficult.
On whether Igor Shesterkin was good or not scoring things the Canes didn’t do: I mean, you have to give him credit. He is a great goalkeeper. He saved some big balls. As a striker, you have to find a way. The way I see it, I’m always trying to figure out how to score more or create opportunities to cash in. There were some moments where the goal could certainly have helped us bring some momentum to the games. At the same time, he is a great goalkeeper and has made great saves. We must think we weren’t good enough.
About not getting as far as they want with this set: A large group. Very tight. We had so much fun together. Every day it was great to go to the rink with this group. It’s annoying, obviously, every time you’re done knowing it won’t be the same people. It’s part of the hockey game. And life goes on.