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Canes Corner: Svechnikov, Necas Dazzle With Talent, Speed

Canes' forwards discuss team's success, favorite Storm Surge and more

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Fans packed Backyard Bistro on Thursday evening for a special double feature of Canes Corner, featuring Carolina Hurricanes forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas.

Necas sported a fat lower lip after taking a puck to the face against Montreal on New Year's Eve but powered through the hour-long radio show.

"You guys probably won't understand me, so I'm sorry for that," he joked.

Here are some highlights from their conversation with TV's Mike Maniscalco.

Svechnikov on the Hurricanes' hot start in the first half of the season: "We feel in the locker room that we can win each game. We try to bring, each game, everything we've got. Roddy pushes us so hard, and I think our team likes to compete each game. That's most important in our locker room."

Svechnikov on why the intensity rachets up in games vs. the Washington Capitals: "It's a more emotional game. … They kind of hit us, and then we kind of hit them. That's a fun game. That's a really good battle."

Necas on how much fun he has playing hockey: "It's always fun, but it's always more fun when you're winning."
Svechnikov: "When we win, it's fun. When we're losing, it's not fun. We try to win every game to have fun."

Necas on bonding with fellow Czech Petr Mrazek: "It's great, especially in the first couple of months he helped me a lot. I lived with him and his girlfriend. It was great. Every day when I came home, I had food on the table and everything I needed. He helped me also with my car and apartment, with everything. That's one thing that really helped me, and I appreciate it."

Video: Scootering with the Three Amigos

Svechnikov on his friendship with Dougie Hamilton and Warren Foegele: "They're great guys. You can always talk with those guys. They try to help you, and I try to help them. We've got a great team, a young team, and everyone is good. You can talk with everyone."

Necas on food his misses from the Czech Republic: "I don't really miss food from Czech. I'm glad my mom doesn't speak English, so she won't know."

Svechnikov on playing with puppies in the locker room after practice: "Oh yeah, it's awesome. I almost took home one."

Svechnikov on his favorite Storm Surge: "Evander Holyfield when he came. It was super fun. They turned the lights off. It was really fun."

Video: STL@CAR: Evander Holyfield celebrates with Hurricanes

Who is faster? Svechnikov: "Nech."
Necas: "Nah, I don't know. We'd have to make a race."
Svechnikov: "Let's go."

Much, much more can be heard in the full Canes Corner episode with Svechnikov and Necas.

Canes Corner is a live radio show broadcast from Backyard Bistro. Hosted by Mike Maniscalco, the one-hour show features a Hurricanes guest and can be heard on 99.9 The Fan.

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