Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour was blunt and succinct Monday in assessing a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Canes can’t win taking part in 40 good minutes of hockey, he mentioned.
More so, the Canes can’t beat the 2020 Stanley Cup champions taking part in 40 good minutes of hockey.
Oddly, the sport Monday at PNC Arena had the Canes (12-4-1) chasing the Lightning all through the primary interval but main 1-0 when it was over. Jesper Fast scored his first objective as a Hurricanes simply after a Carolina energy play ended, banging in a rebound of a Martin Necas shot, and the Canes went to the locker room with the lead.
“Obviously we weren’t ready to go from the start,” Brind’Amour mentioned. “They’re the Stanley Cup champs and they took it to us in the first period and we were fortunate to be ahead.
“We were scrambling, that’s for sure. We had a game plan going in and that goes out the window and everybody basically is off. That happens. It’s not that much. It can be a little bit from every guy, but when every guy is just that much (off) that’s what it looks like in the first period.”
The Lightning (11-4-1), shut out by the Canes within the first two video games this season, continued to push and probe and maintain the stress on goalie James Reimer and the Canes protection. Tampa Bay appeared a half-step faster than the Canes this evening and two of its greatest stars quickly gave them the raise that was wanted.
Steven Stamkos blasted a shot previous Reimer on the ability play early within the second — Tampa Bay’s first objective in opposition to Carolina in 178:19 stretching again to final season. Defenseman Victor Hedman, at all times an offensive menace, then wristed a shot excessive to the blocker aspect to present the Lightning a 2-1 lead.
Fast scored once more for the Canes within the remaining minute of the second and in addition had the most important collision of the interval, sending Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak crusing into the Canes bench. That arrange an intense third interval that had the Canes’ Necas and Brock McGinn absorbing massive hits.
Ondrej Palat lastly pushed Tampa Bay forward at 8:04, profitable a battle with defenseman Brady Skjei across the crease and getting off a shot that glanced off Skjei and previous Reimer. Alex Killorn’s empty-netter clinched it as the 2 groups now go to Tampa for two video games.
After Nedeljkovic shut out Tampa Bay 4-0 on Saturday, there have been questions if he may begin once more Monday. Reimer bought the beginning and weathered the primary interval, making saves with each a part of his physique, earlier than the Lightning broke by.
Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his tenth win of the season in web for the Lightning with 34 saves, going through 17 pictures within the third.
“The second and third periods we were right there with them if not even better,” Brind’Amour mentioned. “We had the bulk of the chances in the third but we probably got what we deserved. You’ve got to pay a 60-minute game.”
The Lightning successfully shut down the Canes’ prime line — Sebastian Aho and Brock McGinn didn’t have a shot on objective and Andrei Svechnikov had two pictures on a largely quiet evening. Rookie defenseman Jake Bean, making a fifth straight begin, had a game-high seven of the Canes’ 36 pictures as his consolation degree grows.
“You’ve got to play a complete game against a team like this and we didn’t do that,” Fast mentioned.