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Foegele embracing more responsibility with Hurricanes entering Game 4

Rookie forward stepping up in absence of injured Svechnikov, Ferland against Capitals

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Warren Foegele will try to deliver another big offensive game for the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, FS-CR, NBCSWA).

Foegele is being counted on to fill the void left by injured forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland. Foegele skated with Jordan Staal and Justin Williams at practice Wednesday after getting three points (two goals, one assist) in Game 3, a 5-0 win that was Carolina's first in the best-of-7 series.

 

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"More responsibility and a little more opportunity as well," Foegele said. "You try to take it and prove the coach made the right decision."

Svechnikov is out with a concussion following a fight with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in Game 3. Ferland is far from a return after a first-period hit on Tom Wilson aggravated an upper-body injury.

"That's obviously not ideal, but next man up," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We've got guys we feel real confident in to at least chip away at what we're missing there."

One of them is Foegele. The 23-year-old rookie and Carolina's third-round pick (No. 67) in the 2014 NHL Draft earned a roster spot in training camp and moved up and down the lineup throughout the season. He finished with 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 77 games, relying on speed and a knack for winning battles on the forecheck.

"Maybe some puck luck," said Foegele, who scored three goals in his final six regular-season games. "I thought all year I've had chances, but some just didn't go in. Lately they've been going in. I just try to listen to what (Brind'Amour) is preaching, and that's working hard and trying to create chances.

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"Looking back at November and December, those were rough months for myself with confidence, with rushing decisions. With games played, you get some experience and you realize you might have more time than you think."

Foegele's three-point game factored into the decision to bump him from the fourth line to a line tasked with shutting down Washington's top forwards.

"It was nice to see that he had a big game for us," Brind'Amour said. "He's had that capability. He had a great start, a great training camp. He showed those signs that he could be an impact player and he was the other night."

Defenseman Calvin de Haan (upper body) practiced Wednesday but is uncertain for Game 4. He hasn't played since March 31.

"He's been close for a little while," Brind'Amour said. "It's definitely going to be his call. He's cleared. We're waiting on him being confident enough to go out there and compete."

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