MARK GIORDANO ON TOUGH LOSS:
"I thought the first period we were really good, and they had a great push in the second. They were able to score on their chances. We had a ton, too, but they're a great team over there. You've got to give them credit. In the third period, we had a lot of powerplays, we were getting some chances, we got a post, I think, and if you don't score, that's how it always goes. The other team - on the road - found a way to get some big kills, and obviously that short-handed one late was the one that sealed it."
GIORDANO ON WINNING STREAK ENDING:
"Anytime you can put a streak together like we have - 8-1-1 in our last 10 games… If you look at our schedule, too, it wasn't easy and we played some pretty good opponents on the road, at home. Today was a tough one. It was one of those games where I felt that the team who
scored first was the one that would get a real advantage, and that was the case."
ELIAS LINDHOLM ON EXCELLENT FIRST PERIOD:
"Obviously we're playing better and, today, our first period was probably our best period of the whole season. It's tough when you don't get rewarded, obviously, but that's something we can learn from and keep pushing and keep playing the way we did in the first. … We were all over them. We had a lot of o-zone time, a lot of chances, and we were skating. We were fast and they had a tough time keeping up with us."
LINDHOLM ON THIRD-PERIOD DEFICIT:
"(Geoff Ward) had a good speech between periods, told us to calm down a little bit and re-group, but obviously it was tough to go down that way."
DEREK RYAN ON HOW THE GAME CHANGED:
"I think we just let our foot off the gas a little bit. I thought they didn't look very good in the first, and then they found their game a little bit. A credit to them. And we stepped back and didn't play the same game that we did in the first."
RYAN ON HURRICANES' FIRST GOAL/CHALLENGE:
"It was a little deflating, for sure, especially when everyone on the bench thought it was offside and we were pretty sure that it was. ... But that's the adversity that a good team can get over in the midst of a game."
RYAN ON FIRST REGULATION LOSS IN 10 GAMES:
"If you would have told us that we would have had that record in that 10-game segment, we would have taken that all day long. It's obviously not the result that we wanted here tonight, but at the same time we've been something here that's pretty special in terms of coming back from our losing streak before that, and I think we're in a pretty good spot. So, there's no reason to hang our heads."
GEOFF WARD ON OFFSIDE CHALLENGE:
"The right call was made. 100%. We just felt like maybe the guy hadn't tagged up. When we looked at it, the overhead seemed to look like that, but when we took a look at it after, it looked like the right call. … There's a lot going on there. If (Gauthier) would have touched the puck a fraction of a second earlier - there was a little bit of time in between the time that the puck got knocked back in, and the time that he actually got his stick on it to allow (McGinn) to tag up again. If he gets it on his stick quicker, we probably have the offside call. We felt it was worth challenging at that point. We lost the challenge. But it was the right call. 100%."
WARD ON HOW THE CALL AFFECTED THE BENCH:
"Sure, you talk about it, but that shouldn't cause us to sag. If anything, if the call doesn't go the way you want, you should actually bump up and generate some energy, make sure your next shifts are good to get some momentum back. I don't think it affected the bench a whole lot. At least, I didn't see it, visibly, anyway. And at that point, we had plenty of time left to get back in the hockey game."
WARD ON 8-1-1 RUN:
"It's a marathon, not a sprint. We're going to look at short segments of our schedule, and this past short segment for us has been excellent. Now we need to get on with our next short segment, and that will start on Tuesday."