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'Canes need PP improvement pronto

Monday, 04.20.2009 / 2:23 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three games into their best-of-7 series against the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes have yet to grab a lead in regulation.

One way to change that disturbing fact would be to get things going on the power play. That's exactly what the 'Canes intend to do when they host the Devils in Game 4 on Tuesday night at the RBC Center (7:30 p.m. ET, RIS, TSN2).

"We gave it to those guys something fierce today," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said Monday afternoon after conducting a video session. "There are things we think we can do better -- bringing the puck up the ice -- that we have to improve on. The power play is ebb and flow. When you have confidence, you have more motion and more quickness. When it's not going, it's stagnant and standing, and I think we're at that point in the offensive zone. We just remind them of what it is that when our power play is good what it looks like."

Carolina's power play struggled mightily in Sunday night's 3-2 overtime loss, as it went just 0-for-5 and mustered only eight shots on goal. With New Jersey being a tight-checking team, the Hurricanes know they're going to have to figure out a way to get things going when they're awarded a man advantage. Overall, they're just 1-for-10 in the series.

"The power play's got to be big," said center Eric Staal, who scored Carolina's lone power-play goal in Game 2. "We have to stay positive and stay attacking the net. When we do get that opportunity, we've got to cash in.

"We have to keep it simple and make sure we're getting through the neutral zone with some speed. Once we get it in there, we have to take the right shot."
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