A high-potential Hurricanes squad started strong against a veteran Lightning squad in Game 2 of the 2021 preseason on Friday night, but faded late in an 8-5 road loss. Still, there was a lot to like about Carolina’s young group.
Rod Brind’Amour, CJ Smith (who scored two goals) and Brendan Smith spoke to the media after the game, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say:
On what he saw of Seth Jarvis in his first preseason game: I liked what I saw, really from everyone, to be honest with you. Take away the score, it wasn’t a bad game. It seemed like everything had come into play. I thought he really had an offensive flair, and he’s not a big guy, but he was taking a lot of it at the net. It was great to see. On the other hand, there is a learning curve in defense. He kind of got caught watching the puck, which it seems like every young junior who comes to the league in their freshman year is what they do. So he’s got some work to do to play away from the puck, but he looks like he has a lot of potential.
On if Antti Raanta can just put this game behind him: I hope so. What are you gonna say I’m sure he would like to get some back. They were good moves, it was weird. Everyone looked like they were off the post so we just can’t give up those chances. Many of them were there but not quite there. You can’t do that in this league. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with how the game went, it just didn’t work out.
On the good start of the match: We have worked hard. We have a lot of young players playing for the first time in the league, you know you’re going to come out and they’re going to give it their all, and they had a more veteran squad that probably wasn’t as interested as soon as possible. the beginning. Things changed as the stakes rose a bit, but it was a good effort from our group.
On what the team can get out of a game like this: Lots of learning clips. You just realize how small mistakes can end up in the back of your net. It’s a game of thumbs up and I think the third period showed where, if you stop behind your man as little as possible, they score a goal and that changes the momentum of the game.
On the team’s good start: With Roddy’s system, drive the washers in and work hard and reload and put a lot of pressure all over them. Forcing them to do plays. I think we created a lot of turnovers early in the game and a lot of scoring opportunities.
On if the team’s lack of experience together was the reason things fell apart: I don’t think anybody gave up or worked hard. It’s early days and we have a lot of young people playing and a lot of new ones who haven’t played together. Really, get simple and realize that you have to play 60 minutes. You can’t just play 20, 40 minutes.
If it was nice to come back to a live game: Yes, I thought we had done a lot of good things. Obviously when they’ve scored so many goals it’s frustrating, but what Rod demands and what you need to play in the NHL is work ethic. We have worked hard. There are a lot of things that we maybe need to look at and go to the drawing board and figure out because that’s what we meant. Be quick, on your man, and when we did, we were efficient. We took pucks and made their lives miserable. I think there are areas, for me, I think there are learnings. When you have a younger team like this, there are areas where the guys are going to learn and improve. You never want to see so many goals against, but that’s why it’s preseason.
If the Tampa experience played a role in the game: I think guys who are pros and have been doing it for a long time know how to play the game. They’ve been doing it longer. When there is a chance to drive the puck, they take the correct readings. You just learned, it’s game management. There are areas where, when you’ve been around for a long time, 200, 300, 400 games, you know what to expect. I think they just know the game a little bit better and where to take risks and where not to risk it, so that’s one area. For me, I was happy with the way the guys worked. Lots of work ethic and leadership from the guys out there, and that’s what we want. We can live with error because you learn from it and improve yourself. That’s what the preseason is for, to learn from it, be tighter with your man. That’s what Roddy preaches.
While playing with Ethan Bear: It was fun. He obviously has a lot of talent. We didn’t have a lot of time playing together, but it was exciting for me. He can move fast, he has good skill, he can move the puck very well and he likes to defend hard. I enjoyed our combo. I thought we had a good match. We played against the big guys a lot and I liked our partnership.