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CanesVision Online: Flavor of the Game Postgame Quotes
The Carolina Hurricanes won’t be able to hold on to the Southeast Division lead much longer playing games like Wednesday night.
The Canes, who have watched
“We got outworked, we got embarrassed in our own building and it’s unacceptable,” Glen Wesley said. “The bottom line is there’s nothing to talk about. It’s embarrassing -- plain the simple.”
Wesley was asked what the team had to work on first.
“Our attitudes,” the defenseman shot back. “We’re sitting there three or four points from being out of the playoffs. There’s got to be urgency from every single one of us. It’s unacceptable as a group. We can’t have any passengers on any night because we’re not good enough to win with five or six guys, it has got to be 20 guys every single night. We have to start back at the drawing board.”
The Hurricanes trailed 3-0 after two periods, then allowed two goals within a three-minute span midway through the third period, getting shut out for the third time this season after returning from a 2-3 road trip in which they were very inconsistent.
The Canes even got the short end of a fight early in the second period when Scott Walker got a major penalty and was ejected for head-butting Mike Fisher in a bloody battle.
“He’s probably a guy who shouldn’t be out there (fighting) based on the injury he’s coming off of and we’ve asked him not to, but he’s about as competitive as they get,” coach Peter Laviolette said of
“We can’t go around the room and say our system isn’t working,” captain Rod Brind’Amour said. “It all comes down to us not putting up enough fight. When everyone is off we don’t do anything offensively and we give up too many good scoring chances. Each guy has to look it the mirror and give a little more.”
The Canes have had trouble containing Heatley and Spezza throughout the years. Spezza has 10 goals in 15 career games against
“If you leave their two players alone in the slot, a guy like Heatley, it’s going to be in the net,” Laviolette said. “We didn’t play well.”
The Canes got to face former teammate Gerber after he replaced Ray Emery in net. Emery left less than six minutes into the game with a bad hip.
“Any loss is frustrating, but when you’re embarrassed at home it becomes more frustrating,” Laviolette said.
NOTES: The Canes have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 17 games, going 7-10 over that span. … Frank Kaberle was a healthy scratch. …