Thursday, October 28, 2010

What they're saying after the Carolina Hurricanes home opener - a 3-0 loss

Washington Capitals 3, Carolina Hurricanes 0

Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal
"We thought we were going to break through with one and get this crowd going. But it was unfortunate that it didn't happen."

The Sports Network
"Washington took a 1-0 lead just after the midway point of the first period. A John Erskine left-point shot hit David Steckel at the edge of the crease, causing him to fall into (Cam) Ward. While on the ice, Steckel dished over to Hendricks for a successful backhander, despite protests of illegal contact."

Carolina Hurricanes Coach Paul Maurice
"I didn't feel (the officials') argument that Cam was expanding out into the player—in which case the player has the right to his own ice. For me, he didn't. Cam was focused on the shot and their player came into him. So I didn't agree with the call at all. I didn't agree with the interpretation. I think he was absolutely wrong."

Joe Beninati, Capitals Play-By-Play Announcer
"The Hurricanes were trying to put on a good show for their home crowd in their home opener, but the Capitals would not cooperate. The team discipline in the neutral zone had to be frustrating for the Canes. There wasn't must room and as a result very little skating flow over large pockets of play."

Corey Masisak of CSNwashington.com
"(Capitals' coach) Bruce Boudreau said he felt this was the team’s most complete effort of the season, and the statistics agree. The Capitals thwarted five Carolina power plays, won 58.6 percent of the faceoffs, blocked 16 shots and held the Hurricanes to only 10 attempts on goal in the final period despite a spirited comeback effort."

Luke DeCock, News & Observer sportswriter
"If there’s one area in which this franchise indisputably leads the NHL, it’s the ability to grill and chill before a game. What the Hurricanes may occasionally lack on the ice, their fans make up for on the asphalt."

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