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Phaneuf on facing Carolina

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs


Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf spoke to the media on Monday ahead of the team's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Here's what he had to say...

On the mindset going forward after the road trip:

Our mindset is we want to, first and foremost, have a good start at home. Coming off the road, off a long trip we want to focus on our start, coming out and dictating the pace of the game, playing a fast brand brand off hockey. Get back to the way we're capable of playing and build on some of the things we're happy about in the way we're playing, which is playing a lot harder in the defensive zone, not giving up as many chances. We've got to focus on our start coming home after a long trip.

On the number of chances they have generated:

We've generated a lot of chances but the bottom line is we didn't find a way to put them in. Our focus is that we want to continue generating chances and we've just got to continue to keep creating things because eventually we're going to put the puck in the net. We've got a lot of highly skilled forwards up front that can put the puck in the net. We're confident about that and the way they can score and the way our team can produce offence. We've got to get back to doing that.

On staying positive:

You have to stay positive, there's no time for looking at the floor and feeling sorry for yourself. You've got to go back to work and that's what we did today. We came in with the right attitude, guys are ready to go, we're feeling good about being back at home and having a good start. That's where our main focus is — having a good start and starting the game well. We'll move on from there.

On the power play:

That's our job — the guys on the power play — to generate more. We haven't done a good enough job at scoring goals and the biggest thing is momentum swings. When we get a power play we've got to swing the momentum in the way of our team. We have to do a better job of that and that's the guys that are on the power play, we take full responsibility for not producing. It's our job to produce and we've got to get back to doing that.

On displaying anger and frustration after Saturday's loss:

I'm an emotional guy that, sometimes you may not think that I'm upset or frustrated, but I was frustrated. I think I voiced that.

On the Hurricanes:

You look at their team and they've got a very good penalty kill. That's the first thing that sticks out. They're a hard-working team. They've got guys that have skill. You look at the Staal brothers, they're two big bodies up front that can generate a lot off the cycle and you have to be aware of them on the ice. I think the biggest thing we expect from Carolina is they're a hard-working team. We went into their building, we know what kind of game they play and we've got to expect that.

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