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Maurice Comes Full Circle

Thursday, 01.15.2009 / 11:41 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Maurice Comes Full Circle
Paul Maurice post-skate audio

It was under different circumstances, but it wasn’t long ago that Paul Maurice was in the RBC Center coaching against his former team for the first time.
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As coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 15, 2006, he won that game 4-3 en route to an overall 4-2-2 record against Carolina, even though his teams were often behind in the standings.

Now that he’s come full-circle and returned to the Hurricanes bench, he’ll be looking to carry that success over to tonight’s game and break a three-game losing streak in the process.

As for any extra motivation on his part, Maurice said it’s always nice to beat your old team, but it’s not the same as if he was a player.

“I remember a line from Jim Rutherford about five years ago,” recalled Maurice. “He said that nobody ever comes to the game, leans over in the stands and says ‘Oh look, he’s really coaching now.’ 

“It’s true when we came in here for the first time, and when your old team comes into your building for the firs time, sure there’s a little bit more excitement, but that’s a good thing.”

That was part of a very entertaining press conference between Maurice and his old friends in the Toronto media (I counted at least 15 reporters and camera operators), which you can hear in its entirety here. “Just breathe, guys,” was an oft-heard response from the Hurricanes coach.

Not that he had much of a chance to comment on his own team, but when asked about generating offense, Maurice echoed what he said after yesterday’s practice about being patient during offensive struggles and getting back to the systems work that was producing results prior to the 0-3 road trip.

“We were a real good team until about a week ago, and then we starting asking too much about what we needed to do to get our offense going,” he said. “In the four games we won in a row, our offense was good enough.

“I’d like to see our hockey team have the confidence that in the nights that we’re only going to get two or three, we’re still going to have an opportunity to win those games, and then let the games where you get four, five or six to come to you instead of making that the primary goal.”


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72